Exporting to United Arab Emirates from 1 January 2021

Guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 1 January 2021.

The UK has left the EU

This page tells you what you'll need to do from 1 January 2021. It'll be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

Trade agreement

The UK does not have a trade agreement with United Arab Emirates.

Tariffs and quotas

The UK exports to United Arab Emirates on Most Favoured Nation terms under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Managing risk

Controlled goods

The export licensing regulations for controlled goods will change.

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 support with exporting from the UK

Export opportunities

Find out about opportunities for exporting to United Arab Emirates in our country guide on

Published 25 April 2019