United Kingdom - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Agreements

Describes trade agreements this country is a party to. Includes resources where U.S. companies can get information on how to take advantage of these agreements.

Last published date: 2021-09-22

The UK has left the EU and the transition period has now ended. This means that the UK has now left the EU Single Market and Customs Union, although EU standards for goods continue to apply in Northern Ireland following the entry into force of the Northern Ireland Protocol (NIP) on January 1, 2021. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement agreed in December 2020, changes the basis of the UK relationship with its European neighbors from EU law to free trade and friendly cooperation

The UK is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  For a list of all regional trade agreements the UK has entered into, please visit the WTO Regional Trade Agreements Data Base.

U.S.-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty

The U.S. Senate ratified the U.S.-UK Defense Trade Cooperation Treaty on September 29, 2010. The treaty creates Approved Communities of government and private sector entities that may receive defense articles and defense services under the treaty. Under the treaty, it is possible for most U.S. defense articles to be exported into, and within, these communities without prior licenses or other authorizations pursuant to the ITAR if certain conditions are met.