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

Information on the trade agreement with the Pacific states, replicating the effects of the EU-Pacific 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 the Pacific states have signed the UK-Pacific EPA. It will be the basis of economic and trade relations once the EPA enters into effect. This EPA maintains the effects of the EU-Pacific EPA.

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

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

To fully realise the opportunities that the EPA can bring to the Pacific states and the UK, the EPA envisions development cooperation between the Pacific 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 the Pacific 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 EU-Pacific EPA no longer applies to the UK.

Countries covered by agreement

The countries covered by the UK-Pacific EPA are:

  • Fiji
  • Papua New Guinea


If you have queries about trade after Brexit contact the Department for International Trade (DIT).

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Published 8 August 2019