The Department for International Trade (DIT) has confirmed that the Trade Remedies Investigations Directorate (TRID) is now operational.

Based within the DIT, the Directorate will undertake preparatory work to ensure that investigations into unfair trading practices can be opened as soon as the UK leaves the EU.

Functioning as of 6 March, the temporary TRID — which is based in Reading — will administer trade remedies functions until the Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) is legally created as an independent body.

Once it is established, the TRA will be responsible for making sure that British businesses are protected after Brexit against practices such as dumping and illegal subsidies.

That role is currently undertaken by the European Commission on behalf of the Union’s Member States.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, on 29 March, then the TRID will take on its responsibilities from that date.

Commenting on the announcement on behalf of UK Steel, Director General Gareth Stace described it as “hugely positive” in ensuring the UK has the tools available to protect UK industry from unfair trading practices from day one of Brexit.

“I cannot overstate the importance of this milestone for the steel sector,” he said.

For the Chemical Industries Association, Chief Executive Steve Elliott noted that trade remedies are absolutely critical to defend domestic chemical producers against unfairly priced or subsidised imports.

Industry needs the TRID to be fully functional from day one after the UK leaves the EU, he explained, and while the chemical industry still hopes that a deal with the EU will be agreed, it must be ready for the circumstance of leaving with no deal.

UK businesses will be able to contact TRID if they have evidence of unfair trading practices. Further information on who can submit cases and how they will be considered will be made available shortly from the DIT.

Last reviewed 11 March 2019