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Trade deal offers big boost to local firms

Armagh bramley apples among iconic Northern Irish products that could benefit Japan-UK trade deal

Japan and Britain’s broad agreement on a bilateral free trade pact has come as a relief for both sides as the clock ticks down to the UK's transition out of the European Union, which is due in just a few months. reports that Armagh bramley apples are among the iconic Northern Irish products that could benefit from the new arrangement. 

The UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement was agreed in principle by International Trade Secretary Liz Truss and Japan Foreign Minister on a video call yesterday (Friday, September 11).  It is the UK’s first major trade deal outside the EU.

Bilateral trade is currently conducted under the EU-Japan deal that came into effect last year, but that agreement will no longer apply to Britain from Dec. 31.

The new deal secures additional benefits beyond the EU-Japan trade deal, including a way for Northern Irish products to be officially recognised. By increasing geographical indications (GIs) from just seven under the terms of the EU-Japan deal to potentially over 70 under the UK-Japan agreement, this would lead to improved recognition of key UK brands in the Japanese market. 

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