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News article30 June 2023BrusselsDirectorate-General for Trade1 min read

EU modifies regulation to facilitate steel trade from Great Britain to Northern Ireland under the Windsor Framework

Today the Commission amended the EU’s steel safeguard regulation to create two new tariff rate quotas (TRQs) for steel products released for free circulation in Northern Ireland from other parts of the UK.

The two TRQs will apply exclusively to steel products in categories 7[1] and 17[2] of the Steel Safeguard Regulation and will come effect on 1 July 2023.

Part of the joint solutions announced in Windsor in February 2023, the creation of these two new TRQs was made possible by an amendment of the EU’s Regulation – also published today -- on the application of Union tariff rate quotas and other import quotas.

Northern Ireland companies will now be able to use the EU's steel TRQs to access UK-origin steel in the afore-mentioned categories without needing to pay the 25% tariff linked to the EU safeguard measures currently in place for steel imports into the EU.

For more information

Amendment of the EU’s steel safeguard regulation

Amendment of the EU’s TRQ regulation

Q&A on Windsor Framework

EU Trade Defence Policy


[1] Category 7: Non Alloy and Other Alloy Quarto Plates.

[2] Category 17: Angles, Shapes and Sections of Iron or Non Alloy Steel.


Publication date
30 June 2023
Directorate-General for Trade
Country or region
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Trade topics
  • Safeguards
  • Trade defence