Bidding for overseas government procurement opportunities

Information for UK businesses about overseas government procurement opportunities.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) opens up procurement markets among its parties. For the UK, as a party to the GPA, this means that:

  • UK businesses can bid for certain procurement opportunities in the other parties’ territories
  • businesses from those parties can bid for certain procurement opportunities in the UK

Procurement opportunities under the GPA

The WTO website sets out which markets are covered by the GPA. It also sets out what types of procurement opportunities are covered in each market.

GPA parties use their own online platforms for publishing procurement opportunities. The WTO website provides party specific procurement-related information.

Procurement opportunities in addition to GPA coverage

The UK and EU have agreed an extension of market access coverage beyond the GPA.

This includes, but is not limited to:

  • the gas and heat distribution sector
  • certain private utilities that act as a monopoly
  • services including:
    • hospitality
    • telecoms
    • real estate
    • education

If you are a business seeking to bid for EU procurement opportunities, read more about the terms of procurement provisions of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement.

Certain trade agreements between the UK and non-EU countries also include procurement provisions in addition to those covered by the  GPA. You can find out more about the terms of these agreements.


If you have any questions about the GPA or what is covered in the procurement agreements, use the contact form to get in touch.

Published 31 December 2020