Summary of the CARIFORUM-UK economic partnership agreement (EPA)

Information on the trade agreement with CARIFORUM countries, replicating the effects of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA.

This agreement will take effect if the UK leaves the EU with no deal.

What the agreement covers

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

The UK and 12 CARIFORUM states have signed the CARIFORUM-UK EPA. It will be the basis of economic and trade relations once the EPA enters into effect. This EPA maintains the effects of the CARIFORUM-EU EPA.

In the CARIFORUM-UK EPA, the UK commits to providing immediate duty-free, quota-free access to goods exported from these 12 CARIFORUM states.

In exchange, these 12 CARIFORUM states commit to gradual tariff liberalisation of goods. Some domestically sensitive products in these CARIFORUM states are excluded from tariff liberalisation.

To fully realise the opportunities that the EPA can bring to these CARIFORUM states and the UK, the EPA envisions development cooperation between these CARIFORUM states and the UK to support the full implementation of the EPA.

The EPA contains provisions such as on intellectual property and geographical indications, government procurement, competition, services, and trade remedies.

The EPA allows for the UK and these CARIFORUM states to take measures to protect their markets in particular circumstances.

When the agreement is active

This agreement will take effect after Brexit, when the CARIFORUM-EU EPA no longer applies to the UK.

Countries covered by agreement

The countries that will be covered by the CARIFORUM-UK EPA are:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • The Commonwealth of Dominica
  • The Dominican Republic
  • Grenada
  • The Republic of Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • Saint Christopher and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

Countries that have approved in principle and expected to sign shortly are:

  • The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
  • The Republic of Suriname


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Published 8 August 2019