UK-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement

Documents relating to the interim UK-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

The UK-Pacific Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) is expected to take effect if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, or at the end of an implementation period.

Summary of the agreement

The countries covered by the UK-Pacific EPA are:

  • Fiji
  • Papua New Guinea

The UK-Pacific EPA maintains the effects of the EU-Pacific States Interim Partnership Agreement (EU-Pacific EPA).

In the UK-Pacific EPA, the UK commits to providing immediate duty-free quota-free access to goods from Pacific States. In exchange, the Pacific States commit to more gradual tariff liberalisation. However, sensitive products are excluded from full liberalisation.

The EPA allows for both parties to take measures to protect their markets in particular circumstances. The EPA envisages development support from the UK to ensure that it is effectively implemented, and that the opportunities it offers can be fully realised by the Pacific States.

Economic partnership agreements are development-focused trade agreements that aim to promote increased trade and investment. They contribute to sustainable growth and poverty reduction in developing countries.

When the agreement is active

This agreement is expected to take effect when the EU-Pacific EPA no longer applies to the UK.

It is expected that this will be at the end of the implementation period if the withdrawal agreement is ratified, or if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Explanatory memorandum

Information on the trade agreement including:

  • ministerial responsibility
  • policy considerations
  • implementation

Parliamentary report

Details of, and reasons for, any significant differences between the existing EU-Pacific EPA and the new UK-Pacific EPA.

Treaty text

Agreement establishing an interim economic partnership agreement between the UK and the Pacific states.

Published 21 March 2019