MEMBER INFORMATION

United Kingdom and the WTO

This page gathers information on the United Kingdom's participation in the WTO. The United Kingdom has been a WTO member since 1 January 1995 and  a member of GATT since 1 January 1948.

The United Kingdom was a member State of the European Union until 31 January 2020. The European Union and the United Kingdom agreed a Withdrawal Agreement pursuant to Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, providing for a time-limited transition period until 31 December 2020 during which European Union law, as modified by the Withdrawal Agreement, continued to be applicable to and in the United Kingdom.

The United Kingdom has circulated a communication to WTO members (WT/GC/226) providing further information on some of the implications of the end of the transition period for the United Kingdom at the WTO.

News

Trade statistics

Goods, services schedules and tariff data

  • The United Kingdom has submitted a goods schedule to the WTO for certification (G/MA/TAR/RS/570 and addenda; restricted). More information is available on the UK government website.
  • The United Kingdom has submitted a services schedule (S/C/W/380 and corrigendum; restricted) and MFN exemptions (S/C/W/381; restricted) to the WTO for certification. More information is available on the UK government website.
  • help on reading a services schedule
  • services database
    You can use this database to retrieve the services schedule for a Member, or to compare services commitments across Members. The database does not include data on current negotiations.
  • all commitments and exemptions on services. Provides the original official documents from . Not consolidated (i.e. first documents may be amended/substituted by subsequent documents).

As a member State of the European Union until 31 January 2020, the United Kingdom was also involved in the dispute settlement cases of the EC/EU.

See the Disputes gateway for explanations and background

Notifications

Latest notification

WTO members/observers use the TBT and SPS Committees to discuss specific trade concerns (STCs). This is often about draft laws, regulations or procedures that may affect their trade; in many cases these measures have been notified to the Committees before they enter into force. Essentially, members raise STCs to find out more about the scope and implementation of each other's regulations in light of the core TBT and SPS obligations, and to flag (potential) effects on trade.

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WTO members/observers use the TBT and SPS Committees to discuss specific trade concerns (STCs). This is often about draft laws, regulations or procedures that may affect their trade; in many cases these measures have been notified to the Committees before they enter into force. Essentially, members raise STCs to find out more about the scope and implementation of each other's regulations in light of the core TBT and SPS obligations, and to flag (potential) effects on trade.

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WTO members/observers use the TBT and SPS Committees to discuss specific trade concerns (STCs). This is often about draft laws, regulations or procedures that may affect their trade; in many cases these measures have been notified to the Committees before they enter into force. Essentially, members raise STCs to find out more about the scope and implementation of each other's regulations in light of the core TBT and SPS obligations, and to flag (potential) effects on trade.

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WTO members/observers use the TBT and SPS Committees to discuss specific trade concerns (STCs). This is often about draft laws, regulations or procedures that may affect their trade; in many cases these measures have been notified to the Committees before they enter into force. Essentially, members raise STCs to find out more about the scope and implementation of each other's regulations in light of the core TBT and SPS obligations, and to flag (potential) effects on trade.

Membership of regional trade agreements and preferential trade agreements

Information about UK preferential trade arrangements and trade agreements is available on the UK government website

See the RTAs gateway for explanations and background

Information about UK preferential trade arrangements and trade agreements is available on the UK government website

See the PTAs gateway for explanations and background

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Acceptance of multilateral instruments

Membership of plurilateral agreements

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