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Market access for UK exporters - removing trade barriers

Access to world markets is not always unrestricted for UK and European Union (EU) exporters. To open up new markets and trading opportunities - and to keep markets open - the UK is committed to working towards the removal of trade barriers. Providing equal access to markets encourages free and fair competition which benefits suppliers and consumers. Increasing market access on fair terms, and keeping markets open ensures that the rules-based international trading system functions efficiently.

This guide is concerned with the removal of barriers to trade and investment in countries that are not members of the EU.

It explains how to overcome the barriers you may face as a UK exporter when selling your goods or services to non-EU countries. It also provides information on who you can contact about any problems you encounter, including UK and European agencies, and how you can notify and eliminate the trade barriers you encounter.

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Market access for UK exporters - removing trade barriers


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What is a trade barrier?


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The European Commission's Market Access Strategy


The Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement