Exporting to Japan after Brexit if there’s no deal

Guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Japan if we leave the EU with no deal.

Trade agreement

The UK will not agree arrangements with Japan by exit day.

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, existing trade agreements would no longer apply. This would mean the UK would not have preferential trade arrangements for exports to Japan.

Tariffs and quotas

If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, it would export to Japan on Most Favoured Nation terms under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Managing risk

Find out how UK businesses can manage risk when doing business in Japan.

Controlled goods

The export licensing regulations for controlled goods will be affected.

Controlled goods include:

  • military items
  • dual-use items (items with both civil and military uses)
  • firearms

Find out how export licensing for controlled goods will change.


Sanctions and embargoes

Exports of certain categories of product to some countries are subject to embargoes or sanctions.


Get in touch with DIT:

  • to find a trade office near you
  • for Brexit enquiries
  • for support with exporting from the UK

Export opportunities

Find out about opportunities for exporting to Japan in our country guide on

Published 23 April 2019