Import and export food and drink products

Find export markets for food and drink products


There are a number of issues that you should consider when researching which country or countries you would like to export your goods. The following resources can get you started with finding profitable export markets for your food or drink products:

Researching food and drink export markets

When carrying out your research - whether online or via print resources, you will want to check whether there are:

  • prohibitions or quotas on your products
  • import licensing restrictions
  • rates of duty payable when your goods enter your export market

Individual countries will have specific requirements in terms of the types of documentation needed for products being imported. The requirements will differ depending on the country and the specific type of product.

When commercially exporting food or drink from the UK to a non-EU country, it is your responsibility to check the restrictions and export conditions that apply before you export.

You should consider food standards, food safety and other technical standards in your export market. Your goods may need to be adapted to comply with these. Rules in your export market may be less or more strict than in the UK.

The minimum required by third countries is usually confirmation that the product is:

  • produced in accordance with EU hygiene rules
  • fit for human consumption
  • freely available for sale within the EU

For a general guide to market information on sectors and countries, see entering overseas markets.