Trading with the UK as an overseas exporter

Information for international businesses bringing goods into the UK.

Doing business in the UK

  1. IP Basics
  2. Public procurement policy

Import procedures

  1. Import and export forms

Import controls and restrictions

You may need to be aware of certain import controls.

  1. Import controls

Understanding commodity codes

Understand commodity codes so you can classify the goods you’re exporting into the UK.

Value Added Tax (VAT) and Excise Duty

Understand VAT and Excise Duty on exports to the UK.

Quotas and measures

Understand the tariffs, taxes and rules that apply to exports to the UK.

You may also be able to claim duty relief.

Rules of origin for tariff preference

Understand the rules of origin for goods exported into the UK from countries with a tariff preference.

Product safety standards

Understand guidance on product safety including rules about weights and measures for products sold in England, Scotland or Wales.

Packaging and labelling

Guidance on how to label and package goods correctly including product labelling laws.

  1. CE marking
  2. Food and drink labelling changes from 1 January 2021

Marketing standards

Understand the marketing standards that exports into the UK must meet.

Health protection for humans, animals and plants (sanitary and phytosanitary)

Understand the regulations and restrictions needed to maintain public health, animal health and plant health.

Product requirements - agriculture

Understand regulations and requirements for agriculture exports to the UK.

Product requirements - environmental

Understand environmental regulations and requirements for exports to the UK.

Product requirements - textiles

Understand regulations and requirements for textile exports to the UK.

  1. Textile products labelling guidance
Published 3 February 2020