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Living, working and doing business abroad

22 Feb 2021

Exporting can boost your turnover and reduce your dependence on UK-based customers and if you are importing into the UK, negotiating with your supplier on price and terms of delivery is essential.

This factsheet provides links to useful organisations and guidance on importing and exporting, doing business abroad, living and working abroad.

Import/Export general guidance

Import finance (IoD guide)

Export finance (IoD guide)

Further sources of information:

Doing Business Guides

  • Economies ranked on their ease of doing business (World Bank) - Rankings for the ease of doing business in individual countries + links to economic profiles.
  • Edelman Trust Barometer 2020 – Annual Global Study, rates trust (in companies, government etc) in countries around the world.
  • Country Reports (Atradius) - Atradius publications provide you with their view on the economic situation in more than 40 countries and the trading outlook of major industries.
  • Tax Guides (EY) - Browse in-depth guides covering corporate tax, indirect tax, personal taxes, transfer pricing and other tax matters in more than 150 jurisdictions.
  • Doing Business Guides (UHY) - Guides covering the country specific business information you need to consider should you wish to pursue business interests. 84 countries covered.
  • International Tax Guides (Deloitte)

Living & Working Abroad

  • UK and the World (Foreign & commonwealth Office) - foreign affairs information, travel advice, guides to living abroad and other help for British nationals including overseas missions and DIT contacts.
  • 'Living in' Country Guides (Foreign & Commonwealth Office) - guides to living in 73 different countries.
  • Foreign embassies in the UK (Foreign & Commonwealth Office)

Cost of Living


Country profiles


  • Statistics by country or topic (OECD) - Wide range of indicators on agriculture, development, economy, education, energy, environment, finance, government, health, innovation and technology, jobs and society.
  • Directory of National Statistical Office Websites (World Trade organisation) - national statistical offices are the holders of data on individual countries like the Office for National Statistics in the UK.
  • Trade Market Access Database (European Commission) - Overview of trade flows in goods between EU and non-EU countries for specific products.
  • Eurostat (European Commission) – European statistics.
  • UKTrade Info (HMRC) - Current UK import and export statistics.
  • Global Competitiveness Report (World Economic Forum) – Ranking of national competitiveness — defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity. Covers 137 economies.
  • Nation Master - Compilation of data from hundreds of sources allowing country comparison.
  • Tourism Statistics Review (Tourism Alliance) - Brings together the headline tourism figures from the three main national tourism surveys and combines them with key information from other studies and publications to provide an over view of the size and value of tourism to the UK economy.
  • Statistics & Insights (Visit Britain) - Data on inbound visitors.

Legislation & Regulation


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