Published: 09 November 2022  (Updated: 09 November 2022)

How to Make Use of UK Free Trade Agreements?


As an independent trading nation, the UK has now over 70 trade agreements in place with countries around the world.  In addition, there are trade agreements that have been signed but that are not yet in force, such as the UK-Australia and UK-New Zealand Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), which are in the process of being ratified by the interested parties.  Furthermore, the UK is in the process of negotiating new or updated agreements with countries including Canada, Mexico, Israel, India, and trading blocs, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and further details are available on the UK Government website.

Whilst some of the provisions in a trade agreement will automatically apply when entering into force, there may be actions businesses need to take first before they can benefit from it.  Therefore, the Department from International Trade (DIT) has launched an information page on how businesses can make use of UK FTAs.  The page provides advice and guidance, as well as updates on the latest trade agreements.  Businesses can also sign up to receive email updates to be kept updated of the latest developments. 

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