Daniel welcomes resumption of trade talks which could safeguard and create hundreds of local jobs

Daniel today welcomes the resumption of trade talks that could safeguard and create hundreds of jobs in the Staffordshire ceramics industry.

Negotiators from Europe and the USA meet in Brussels today (February 22nd) to resume talks on TTIP, a transatlantic trade deal, that will focus on trading rules.

The USA is the largest export market for UK tableware but is hindered by tariffs of up to 28%. 

The British Ceramics Federation is also welcoming the resumption of talks and say the removal of the USA import duties will benefit UK manufacturers. When similar tariffs were lifted from the much smaller South Korea market the export market grew by £12million a year - creating around 200 jobs.

Three Stoke firms, Dudson, Steelite and Churchill, already export thousands of items to the US every year and lowering or removing tariffs will make their products better value in America.

Mr Dalton said, “Stoke is arguably the ceramics capital of Europe and a trade deal will benefit the city and wider region. TTIP will simplify rules and empower consumers through choice and lower prices.”