Public Procurement and Property

We have published SPPN 1/2023 on Free Trade Agreements

March 23, 2023 by No Comments | Category Scottish Procurement

In March we published a new Scottish Procurement Policy Note 1/2023, to inform of the changes to Scottish procurement legislation and to Public Contracts Scotland (PCS) that will be made to implement the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) between the UK and Australia, and the UK and New Zealand.

The UK-Australia FTA was signed on 16 December 2021 and the UK-New Zealand FTA was signed on the 28 February 2022. Like other FTAs, these have chapters which deal specifically with public procurement. These chapters set out detailed agreements on both coverage and the rules which must be followed.

For the most part, implementation of these FTAs will have little practical impact on the day-to-day activities of public procurement officials, but some changes to the procurement rules in Scotland will be needed.

Amendments to the new UK Trade Agreement with Australia and New Zealand are now live in the Procurement Journey. 

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