Thirteen NGOs considered competition a priority in their comments and 16 expressed their concerns. Many NGOs have spoken out in favour of free trade and have opened up the UK market to competition in all aspects of the economy. Several NGOs expressed concern that high national standards and hence relatively high compliance costs for BRITISH companies (food producers) could place them at a disadvantage compared to their Australian competitors. Comments were also made on health and social services, including concerns about tendering and liberalizing procurement rules. Strengthen our economic partnership with a focus on technology, innovation and research and development. A free trade agreement with Australia improves cooperation on common economic and global challenges, including support for innovation and research and development in our economies. We will try to set a new precedent with Australia by creating an ambitious framework for cooperation in these areas, focusing on the role of trade policy in promoting innovation. Individuals did not explicitly make RoO a priority or a concern in their comments. However, there was a comment calling for ROOs, market access and regulatory aspects of trade policy to be designed to facilitate trade, not to impede trade. The impact that a roo change can have on the quality of imported products was considered a concern. As the details of a possible free trade agreement between the UK and Australia have not yet been known, the potential impact on the overall scenarios has been assessed. These effects illustrate a number of potential outcomes. The scenarios do not reflect the specific provisions that could be included in a possible agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia.
We will continue to get involved and take into account the views of decentralised governments, businesses, civil society groups and consumers to ensure that we develop a trade policy that works for the whole of the UK. Reducing technical barriers to trade by eliminating and preventing restrictive measures in product markets, while preserving product safety and quality in the UK market. At this stage, it is not possible to identify the countries most affected. However, Table 8 shows developing countries` dependence on trade between the United Kingdom and Australia. [Note 91] The analysis points out that the Pacific Islands are the region most likely to be affected by a free trade agreement between the UK and Australia. This is partly due to the geographical proximity of the Pacific Islands to Australia. As shown in Table 10, UK imports of finished goods from Australia have resulted in tariff costs of about US$33.4 million to US$34.3 million per year, based on the UK-Australia trade flows model between 2017 and 2018 and tariffs in 2018. [Note 101] Based on the UK`s current customs plan, these represent the significant magnitude of potential potential savings for UK consumers resulting from the total removal of tariffs on imports of goods from Australia in Scenario 2.
As has already been said, the evidence of the extent to which British consumers will benefit from these tariff reductions, unlike Australian and British importers, is inconclusive. Some pointed out that trade in services was particularly important for SMEs wishing to export services and called for the inclusion of bespoke provisions by SMEs in a section of services in a free trade agreement. A free trade agreement was also called for to liberalise the free movement of skilled workers and MRPQs and to introduce customs reporting services, which could ease the administrative burden on SMEs for exports. A business association has found that minimizing the bureaucracy of