Overseas trade and inward investment are vital for the UK’s prosperity. Through its trade and investment policies, the government aims to help UK businesses succeed internationally and encourage overseas companies to work with the UK.





  1. UK overseas trade statistics: August 2015

    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. HMRC survey compliance cost report

    • Statistics
  3. UK Stamp Tax statistics

    • Statistics - national statistics

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Detailed guides

  1. Freight forwarding: moving goods

    Freight forwarders oversee the worldwide movement of cargo, packing, documentation and customs clearance, on behalf of importers and exporters. Read more

  2. Removing trade barriers for UK exporters

    How to overcome certain tariffs, taxes and trade restrictions if you export goods and services to non-EU countries. Read more

  3. UK bilateral trade relations: business opportunities

    How to use government services to make the most of trading with countries outside the EU. Read more

  4. Tonnage measurement

    Key regulations on tonnage measurement, weighing, safe loading, unloading and carriage of cargo, and passenger and personnel safety issues for ships. Read more

  5. Wine trade: regulations

    Certification, quality standards and labelling rules for UK wine producers, documents for wine importers and licensing for wine sellers. Read more