Exporting to the USA after Brexit if there’s no deal

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

Trade agreement

The UK is seeking a free trade agreement with the USA.

Tariffs and quotas

Until we sign a free trade agreement with the USA, the UK exports to the USA on Most Favoured Nation terms under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Check the USA’s import tariffs and quotas under WTO rules on the Market Access MAP website.

Product testing, certification and inspection

The mutual recognition agreements between the UK and the USA means we recognise each other’s conformity assessments.

Some UK goods can be tested in the UK against the USA’s regulations. The goods can then be sold in the USA without additional testing in the USA.

Find out what is covered by the mutual recognition agreements with the USA.

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 and advice

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Published 26 April 2019