Dec. 29 (UPI) — Britain and Turkey signed a commerce deal Tuesday to proceed tariff-free buying and selling that was value $25 billion final 12 months.

British Worldwide Secretary Liz Truss and and Turkey’s Minister for Commerce Ruhsar Pekcan secured the settlement whereas assembly on a video name Tuesday, a British authorities assertion mentioned.

“At the moment’s deal covers commerce value greater than 18 billion kilos [$25 billion], delivers important certainty for enterprise and helps 1000’s of jobs throughout the UK [Britain] within the manufacturing, automotive and metal industries,” Truss mentioned.

Britain has reached commerce offers with 62 international locations and the European Union in below two years as a part of the federal government’s purpose to safe free commerce with international locations that cowl 80% of their commerce in three years.

“It paves the way in which for a brand new, extra formidable cope with Turkey within the close to future, and is a part of our plan to place the U.Ok. on the heart of a community of recent agreements with dynamic economies,” Truss mentioned. “Extra commerce and funding will drive financial development throughout our United Kingdom and assist us construct again stronger from Covid.”

The deal protects Britain-Turkey provide chains in automotive and manufacturing sectors by making certain the continued tariff-free circulate of products with preferential buying and selling phrases for British imports and exports, in response to the assertion. Particularly, the deal will shield Ford, which employs 7,500 folks in Britain, since automotive elements are imported from Britain to Turkey to assemble the autos, a 3rd of that are then exported to Britain.

“Ford welcomes the announcement right now of a commerce settlement between the U.Ok. and Turkey, and the velocity with which it has been concluded underscores its significance to the financial prosperity of each international locations,” Ford of Europe President Stuart Rowley mentioned in an announcement.

Together with preferential buying and selling phrases for British companies that export equipment, iron and metal, the settlement additionally helps preferential tariffs for British importers of textiles, and tariffs utilized to British imports of washing machines and televisions will stay at 0% below the deal.