Guidance

Trading with developing nations

Details on the UK’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences.

Overview

Trade preferences reduce or remove rates of duty (tariffs) on imports from developing countries into the UK. Eligible developing countries will be able to get trade preferences through the UK Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) from 1 January 2021.

The Generalised Scheme of Preferences until 31 December 2020

The UK continues to apply the EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences until 31 December 2020.

Everything But Arms

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Benin
  • Bhutan
  • Burkina Faso
  • Burundi
  • Cambodia
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Comoros
  • Congo (Democratic Republic)
  • Djibouti
  • East Timor
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia (The)
  • Guinea
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Haiti
  • Kiribati
  • Laos
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mauritania
  • Mozambique
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • Niger
  • Rwanda
  • Sao Tome and Principe
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Solomon Islands
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Tanzania
  • Togo
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen
  • Zambia

Standard GSP

  • Congo
  • Cook Islands
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kenya
  • Micronesia
  • Nauru
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Samoa
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Tonga
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam

GSP+

  • Armenia
  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Mongolia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka

The UK Generalised Scheme of Preferences from 1 January 2021

The UK GSP will continue to provide trade preferences to the same countries as the EU’s GSP. There will be 3 frameworks:

  • least developed countries framework (LDCF)
  • general framework
  • enhanced framework

These frameworks will replicate the same market access as the EU’s GSP.

Contact us if you still have a question about the UK GSP.

Published 30 January 2020
Last updated 1 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Corrected errors in standard GSP listing: addition of Samoa and Tonga and removal of Jordan, Nicaragua and Occupied Palestinian Territories.

  2. First published.