United Kingdom Country Commercial Guide

Doing Business in United Kingdom

Provides a broad overview of the market and the top reasons why U.S. companies should consider exporting here. Recommends strategies for entering the market and summarizes challenges or barriers for U.S. companies.

Market Overview
Market Challenges

Market Opportunities
Market Entry Strategy

Political and Economic Environment

Links to the State Department’s website for background information on the country’s political environment, its bilateral relationship with the U.S. and the country’s membership in international organizations.

Political Environment

 

Selling U.S. Products and Services

Provides guidance and best practices for selling U.S. products and services in the market, includes typical use of agents and selling to the government. Provides steps for establishing an office or joint-venture/licensing partner, and conducting due diligence. Discusses the state of e-commerce, franchising, and direct marketing.

Using an Agent to Sell US Products and Services
Direct Marketing

Joint Ventures/Licensing

Selling to the Government

Distribution and Sales Channels

Selling Factors and Techniques

E-Commerce

Data Privacy and Protection

Trade Promotion and Advertising
Pricing

Sales Service/Customer Support

Protecting Intellectual Property

Due Diligence

Local Professional Services

Web Resources

Leading Sectors for U.S. Exports and Investment

Identifies the top industry sectors that have potential in the market. Provides a general overview of each sector, including trade data, challenges, sub-sector best prospects, and a list of relevant websites and trade shows.

Aerospace Products
Agricultural Sectors

Building Products and Sustainable Construction

Cyber Security

Low Carbon Energy and Smart Grids
Medical Equipment

Pet Products

Travel and Tourism

Trade Regulations, Customs and Standards

Describes trade regulations, customs and standards in the market. Provides information on import tariffs and documentation U.S firms should be aware of when exporting, including any prohibited items or temporary entry procedures.

Import Tariffs
Trade Barriers

Import Requirements and Documentation

U.S. Export Controls

Temporary Entry

Labeling/Marking Requirements

Prohibited & Restricted Imports
Customs Regulations

Trade Standards

Trade Agreements

Web Resources

Investment Climate Statement

Describes the country’s openness to foreign investments and provides information on the country’s investment policies, the labor market, political violence and levels of corruption. Describes foreign trade zones and laws for protecting property rights.

Executive Summary

 

Trade and Project Financing

Describes the country’s financial system and how U.S. firms typically get paid. Describes the banking system and provides information on foreign exchange controls in the market. Describes important sources of funding for project financing.

Methods of Payment
Banking Systems

Foreign Exchange Controls

U.S. and Local Correspondent Banks
Project Financing

Web Resources

Business Travel

Describes relevant business travel information and business customs, includes any special visa or entry requirements, potential health risks, travel advisories and information on travelling around the country.

Business Customs
Travel Advisory

Visa Requirements

Telecommunications/Electric

Transportation

Language
Health

Local Time, Business Hours, & Holidays

Temporary Entry of Materials

Web Resources

Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting http://export.gov/usoffices. Visit http://export.gov/ccg for additional Country Commercial Guides.


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