International trade regulations in the Textiles, interior textiles and carpets sector

Researching your export destination in the textiles 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. Find out about the Invest NI support for selling outside Northern Ireland.

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

You can use the UK Trade Tariff to check:

  • special conditions such as prohibitions on your products
  • licensing restrictions and requirements
  • rates of duty payable when your goods enter your export market

Access the UK Trade Tariff.

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:

  • your local Invest Northern Ireland International trade team
  • your UK Trade & Investment team within the commercial section of the UK embassy in your destination country
  • textiles and carpet sector trade associations
  • the Chambers of Commerce in your destination country

Invest Northern Ireland is a government organisation that supports Northern Ireland businesses trading internationally and overseas enterprises seeking to set up or expand in Northern Ireland. Invest Northern Ireland has an impartial global presence in countries throughout the world and helps businesses realise their international potential through knowledge transfer and ongoing partnership support.

You should also be aware of any sanctions and embargoes which apply to your intended export destination. Read more about sanctions, embargoes and restrictions. For restrictions in specific countries, see current arms embargoes and other restrictions.