Ignacio Fernández: ‘Treaty with the UK changes to a bilateral one'

Chilean fruit exporters continue to count on preferential access to UK market

In September 2019, the Chilean Senate approved the bilateral association agreement with the United Kingdom, which allows exporters who make shipments to the British market under Brexit to be protected.

Commercial Director of ProChile in the United Kingdom, Ignacio Fernández has stated that the treaty transfers the conditions of the existing Association Agreement (AA) between Chile and the European Union (EU) to a bilateral one with the United Kingdom.

"The agreement between Chile and the United Kingdom will be applied once the latter country definitively leaves the European Union. And basically, it makes what we already had bilateral through the current agreement with the EU, therefore, the rules, rights and obligations that we had will become bilateral with the United Kingdom. Some modifications were incorporated, however, in terms of quotas for meat products, for example, but in general terms and as regards fresh fruit, they will be essentially the same. This also with regard to plant protection and tariffs, among others.”

Thus, Chilean exporters will continue to count on the benefits they have had since 2003 through the AA to gain preferential access to the British market.

He also stressed that Chile became the first country in the world to sign an agreement of this type with the United Kingdom.

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