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International markets

Each international market has its own characteristics, and it’s vital to make sure that your business, services or products are a good match. Our free research, access to opportunities and market guides are here to help you explore new countries and routes to selling internationally.

  • International market research

    Our free market research service can help you find out about new markets and sectors, producing tailored analysis in just five days.

  • Sector and market opportunities

    We can help your company access the international opportunities best suited to your capabilities, preparing you to target the right buyers and markets around the world.

International market guidance

Trade barriers

Trade barriers are issues that can affect companies that want to export goods or services or invest in overseas markets. They could be anything from over-complicated customs procedures to potential risks to intellectual property.

The UK Government has published guidance on trade barriersopens in a new window, including specific details for businesses exporting goodsopens in a new window or exporting servicesopens in a new window.

It also publishes a list of current and resolved trade barriers, searchable by location or sector, which can give you up-to-date information on factors that could slow down, stop or raise the cost of exporting.

Trade and investment factsheets

Find the latest statistics on trade and investment between the UK and individual overseas partners. Produced by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT), the factsheets show statistics for the UK and its partners on:

  • Exports, imports, and total trade
  • Trade by commodity and service type
  • Regional trade in the UK for goods
  • UK market share for trading partners
  • VAT-registered businesses trading goods
  • Foreign direct investment (FDI)
  • ‘Ease of doing business’ rankings
  • Summary trade and investment data as reported by each partner
  • Economic data and projections

View trade and investment factsheets A-Z from GOV.UKopens in a new window

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