As far as African businesses are concerned, after Brexit, the world will be very much pending on the nature of its business with the EU and the UK. Zero tariff agreements can still be concluded as part of a continuity agreement, but there could be physical problems. Changes to the table “Trade Agreements outstanding”: “Percentage of total trade in the UK, 2018” has been updated following the publication of trade statistics from the Office for National Statistics. Britain has already signed trade continuation agreements with countries that account for 89 billion pounds of its foreign trade. In reality, it is impossible to say what might happen, but it highlights the complexity of cross-cutting trade negotiations. Updated table of trade agreements to provide the following information and change a partial percentage of total trade values. The European Union`s free trade agreement contributes to EU growth: in 2018, the EU was the world`s second largest exporter (15.5%) before the United States (10.6%) China (15.8%).  If the UK were to act in accordance with WTO rules, tariffs would be applied to most of the products that British companies ship to the EU. This would make British goods more expensive and more difficult to sell in Europe. The UK could also do so for EU products if it so wishes.
Razia Khan, of Standard Chartered Bank, said: “In the short term, there will be greater uncertainty in the outlook, although the UK`s offer to extend two-year trade agreements has mitigated it to some extent to deal with this uncertainty.” No new trade agreement can begin until the transition is over. Much of the UK`s efforts will be aimed at securing the best possible deal with the EU, its closest and by far the largest trading partner. As the kick-off was at the end of January, the UK`s trade negotiations must be given priority. If no agreement is reached, the UK will face the prospect of trade with the EU according to the basic rules established by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Why Switzerland is concerned about British trade after Brexit On 23 October, the UK government signed a new trade agreement with Japan, meaning that 99% of UK exports will be tariff-free. But while the situation has called into question the future trade relationship between Britain and the EU, London has pledged to minimise the impact of Brexit on other trading partners. THE SACUM countries expressed serious concerns about the final outcome of the EU-UK trade negotiations and the impact on trade relations between SACUM countries and the UNITED Kingdom. An agreement between the EU and the UK will help strengthen the security and continuity of the SACUM-UK agreement with the uk`s withdrawal from EU customs territory. If the EU and the UK fail to agree on an agreement, their trade relations will be governed by World Trade Organisation rules. This means that the UK is treated like any trading nation that does not benefit from preferential trade with the EU. Britain on Tuesday signed an economic partnership agreement with the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) that includes South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) – and Mozambique. A free trade agreement aims to promote trade – usually with goods, but also sometimes with services – by making it cheaper.