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UPDATE 1-British cars risk some tariffs in EU trade deal - source

Wed, 30th Sep 2020 12:12

(Changes sources, adds details, Nissan reaction)

By Costas Pitas

LONDON, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Britain's car industry risks
some tariffs being imposed after Brexit as Brussels will not
allow components from countries such as Turkey and Japan to
count towards a content threshold in a trade deal, an industry
source said on Wednesday.

In ongoing talks to strike a post-Brexit trade agreement,
the EU will not accept non-EU parts being combined with EU and
British ones to meet a roughly 55% level for local content, the
source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told Reuters.

The details were outlined in a letter from Britain's chief
Brexit negotiator David Frost to the sector, the country's
biggest exporter of goods, and were first reported by the BBC.

While such a move would not lead to tariffs on manufacturers
with high domestic and European sourcing, it could affect
Japanese manufacturers such as Nissan, which brings in more
content from elsewhere than some of its peers.

"We want our UK team of 7,000 people to have the best
possible chance of future success," Nissan, which operates
Britain's biggest car factory, said in a statement.

"We continue to urge UK and EU negotiators to work
collaboratively towards an orderly balanced Brexit that will
continue to encourage mutually beneficial trade."

There is a particular risk around electric cars with key
elements, such as batteries, sourced from outside the bloc.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Downing Street office did not
immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
(Reporting by Costas Pitas; editing by Kate Holton and Stephen
Addison)

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