Europe, International Trade and Development

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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, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform.

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.

Export control: 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, under the Strategic Export Control heading, summarise current strategic export controls, the different types of licences needed and how to apply for them.

Europe: The Europe pages summarise policy that affects business in Europe, including: EU enlargement; the promotion of economic reform; and the Single Market.

International trade and development: 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. For further information about the work of the TPU please use the links on the right.

General advice on exporting and inward investment, including support for UK or overseas companies trading internationally is not included here, but is provided by UK Trade and Investment (see link in right-hand column).