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This section covers three key areas of importance to companies trading and exporting internationally.
First, a guide to current strategic export controls administered by the Export Control Organisation (ECO) of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
Second, guidance on working with the EU, and information on what we are doing to make the UK an effective partner in a competitive EU.
Third, a summary of our strategies to develop open, dynamic and sustainable world markets within which we can help build a productive UK economy.
BIS recently launched a guide outlining the services it offers to UK firms to help them trade with other countries. It provides information on where firms can access general advice as well as more specific assistance such as overcoming barriers on international trade. To view the booklet, please go to Trading in the Global Marketplace - How BIS can help
The aim of UK export control is to promote global security by facilitating responsible exports, Certain strategic goods and technology, such as military items and dual-use goods, may not be exported from the UK without a licence. The Export Control Organisation's pages summarise current strategic export controls, the different types of licences needed and how to apply for them.
The Europe pages summarise policy that affects business in Europe, including: EU enlargement; the promotion of economic reform; and the Single Market.
The pages on international trade and development include information on key topics such as: fair trade and World Trade Organisation negotiations; trade with developing countries; and regional trade agreements with specific world markets. The Trade Policy Unit (TPU) brings together trade and development experts to carry forward the Government's aims to bring the aid and trade agendas closer together.
UK Trade and Investment provides business opportunities, expert trade advice and support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas. It’s global network also provides practical assistance to international companies to bring high quality investment to the UK's vibrant economy, and help in establishing and expanding their business in the UK.