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Overseas Business Risk

Information for UK businesses on political, economic and security risks when trading overseas.

The Overseas Business Risk service provides information on various risks in overseas markets. UK government staff in country produce these guides. They provide information on potential business risks including:

  • political and economic issues
  • bribery and corruption
  • human rights
  • terrorism and security
  • intellectual property

We intend these pages to support and guide businesses. You should view them alongside other sources of information. The UK government does not advise on, or undertake due diligence for individual companies.

Assistance for exporters

Other sources providing additional help for exporters include:

For further information on trading overseas see:

Contact us

Contact overseas.businessrisk@fcdo.gov.uk if you have comments or questions about these pages.

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Published 27 November 2014
Last updated 24 September 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include additional links to guidance for businesses

  2. Overseas Business Risk - Uruguay updated.

  3. Guinea guidance added

  4. Overseas Business Risk for Bolivia added

  5. Senegal page added

  6. Burma and Jamaica market profiles added to the Overseas Business Risk service

  7. Updated Cyprus profile added to OBR service; added new link to Nigeria's new profile

  8. New Ireland market profle added to Overseas Business Risk webservice

  9. New link added for Canada's overseas business risk profile

  10. New links added for new Cambodia and Afghanistan OBR reports

  11. NEW Morocco OBR added to Africa collection

  12. New Paraguay OBR page added to the Americas collection

  13. Overseas Business Risk documents for Cuba

  14. NEW Suriname and Guyana OBR reports added to the collection

  15. Overseas Business Risk documents for Costa Rica and Nicaragua added.

  16. Additon of FCO Economic factsheets to further reading for market information.

  17. Two new country profiles added - Cayman Islands and Papua New Guinea

  18. Added Norway

  19. Added Overseas Business Risks, Zambia document

  20. First published.

  21. Gabon, Peru

  22. intellectual property abroad

  23. China update

  24. Namibia and Argentina

  25. change to ordering

  26. bahrain and cote d'ivoire

  27. Added Luxembourg

  28. Thailand and Poland Updates

  29. July update for Russia and Ukraine

  30. Updated Mauritius page 15 July

  31. Mauritius Update - July 14 2014

  32. Overseas Business Risk - Hong Kong

  33. Updated links

  34. Link to FCO Political and Economic Updates