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.

Policies 12

  1. Reducing corruption in international trade

    How the UK government deals with corruption in overseas trade.

  2. Promoting stability throughout the Western Balkans

    Securing peace and creating the conditions for EU membership in the Western Balkans

  3. Controlling defence, security and dual-use strategic exports

    Regulating exports of military and dual-use equipment and technology to help ensure global security.

  4. Preventing and reducing piracy off the coast of Somalia

    UK counter-piracy activity off the coast of Somalia, and HMG advice to the shipping industry and travellers.

  5. Making the single market more effective

    Plans to make the single market more competitive, easier to do business in and create new jobs.

See all 12 policies

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. Recreation and leisure goods and services: international trade regulations

    Import and export regulations, working within trade restrictions and getting trading advice if you're in the leisure industry. Read more

  5. 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

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