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 11

  1. Stability in the Western Balkans

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

  2. Piracy off the coast of Somalia

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

  3. UK prosperity and security: Asia, Latin America and Africa

    Opening up new markets for secure trade and investment with British businesses

  4. Exports and inward investment

    Helping businesses increase their exports and making the UK more competitive for overseas companies who want to set up and invest in the UK.

  5. Industrial strategy

    Measures taken by government to create growth - from training to supporting technology, from procurement to improving access to finance.

See all 11 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. 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