Creative industries: international trade regulations

Researching your export destination in the creative and media sector


You should thoroughly research your export destination country when planning to export.

There are a number of issues that you ought to consider. As a starting point you may wish to seek advice from Invest Northern Ireland.

There are also various ways that you can research a potential export destination. These include:

  • trade associations
  • online databases

You can also use the Market Access Database to find out if your goods are affected by restrictions and charges at their destination country, together with all applicable duties and taxes. Key things to check include:

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

You should also consider product 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.

Read more about researching and entering overseas markets.

You can ask for information about your export destination country from a range of organisations, including:

  • the Invest Northern Ireland International trade team
  • your UK Trade & Investment team within the commercial section of the UK embassy in your destination country
  • creative and media sector trade associations
  • Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce