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Exporting to the UK

Thinking about exporting your products and services to the UK? Do you need to advise your clients on international trade? Find guides and trade forecasts, check the economic and political outlook, and get expert help for your research from the ICAEW Library.

Export guides

Look up tariffs, taxes and rules to trade with the UK
Tool allowing users to check UK regulations, duty and VAT, duty relief available, import licences, and UK commodity codes by country and by product.

Trade with the UK as a business based in the EU
Department for International Trade
Links to guidance for companies about importing from the UK, exporting to the UK, paying taxes and tariffs, providing services to the UK, working in the UK, and data protection. Information is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, and Polish.

European Commission
Useful guidance covering this region compiled by the European Commission aimed at EU countries exporting to the rest of the world. Has information on import procedures and formalities and import duties and taxes. A further section outlines the EU’s trading arrangements with a specific country or region.

EU Trade Helpdesk
European Commission
Online portal designed to facilitate market access to the EU. Find comprehensive information on the EU market's import rules and taxes – including import duties, rules of origin, product-related requirements, VAT and excise duties, and trade statistics.

Economic and political outlook

ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users can access a regularly updated report providing assessment of the short, medium and long term outlook for the UK. The publication includes a five year forecast for key indicators, including economic growth and inflation. It also features analysis of labour markets, exchange rates, economic development, external trade, natural resources and key industry sectors.

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More forecasts and indicators

UK Economic Forecast
ICAEW's quarterly economic forecast exploring trends in UK economic activity and highlighting the impact that global activity is having on the UK. The report also covers business investment, private sector pay and export growth.

EIU country profile: UK
Economist Intelligence Unit
Up-to-date highlights covering the economy, political outlook, credit risk, regulatory assessment, business environment and key industry sectors.

FT 500
Financial Times
Annual ranking of the FT Global 500, showing the world's largest companies by market value and industry sector. A table of the UK 500 is available for the latest edition and each year going back to 2006.

Trade data

European Commission
The statistics database provides an overview of trade flows in goods between EU and non-EU countries for a specific product.

Business environment

On our Doing Business in the UK page you can find information on the business environment, local law and support networks.

Industry reports

View the latest reports on key industries in the UK, including data on market value, market segmentation, competitive landscape, leading companies in the industry, market forecasts and demographics.

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We can help ICAEW members locate financial data and reports for companies in this country through our company research service.

Risk and insolvency

Economic studies: United Kingdom
Profile regularly updated by the credit insurance group. It gives a general risk assessment, detailed information on means of payment and collection methods in the UK, insolvency trend data and a comparison against the payment incident index.

Country report United Kingdom 2019
Report analysing the current insolvency environment and overall economic situation. The report gives key economic indicators, main import sources, main export markets and forecasts the performance of major industry sectors.

Further reading

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