The information in the ‘Check barriers to trading and investing abroad’ service is published under the Open Government License: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/.

The Department accepts no responsibility for the use or consequences of use of the data contained on this service by any third party.

This is an information only service and none of the information contained in this service should be taken to suggest that a business cannot or should not export to a particular country or market. The relative number of barriers in any given country or market should not be taken as an indication of the difficulty or ease in which that market can be accessed. The Department notes that there may be work arounds to barriers or alternative routes of entry and that users should make their own investigations when making decisions about their own activities.

None of the information contained in this service forms part of any official documents and is not intended to provide financial or legal advice. Some of the information being shared has been provided by UK businesses. Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the service, but the Department for International Trade accepts no responsibility or liability for any inadvertent errors or omissions.

The “Date Reported” field represents the date that a given barrier was incorporated onto the service internally and does not represent the date first reported by a third party or the date of publication onto this public service. The barriers reported herein represent barriers reported at the time of publication and may have been changed or removed prior to updates of this service. Publication of a barrier or barriers on this service is not an indication of whether the Department of International Trade intends to act to address particular barriers. No personal data will be published on this service.

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What barriers are not included in the service

  • Barriers affecting imports into the United Kingdom
  • Barriers which are sensitive for security reasons
  • Barriers that identify a business even once individual details are removed due to niche/closed nature of market
  • Barriers which are politically sensitive
  • Barriers for which insufficient/incomplete information is available
  • Barriers which require further internal investigation

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