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Exporting guide to Italy

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Italy is one of the UK’s closest trading partners and biggest export markets, and presents significant opportunities for UK businesses.

There is demand for defence, cyber security, aerospace and engineering skills. Trade with the city of Milan and the surrounding region is especially strong.

Trade statistics

£15.0 billion total UK exports to Italy for the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted
Last updated: October 2022)

10th largest UK export market

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted Last updated: October 2022)

2.2% of total UK exports for the four quarters to the end of Q2 2022

(Source: ONS UK total trade: all countries, seasonally adjusted Last updated: October 2022)

Focus on innovatio

Italy’s industrial strategy creates opportunities in innovative industries like cyber security, digital transformation and life sciences. The Italian market has a high level of internationalisation and entrepreneurship, with fully integrated supply chains.

Strong relationship

UK businesses are very important to Italy, and investors are committed to their UK projects. There is an appreciation for British professional services, technology and quality consumer goods.

Growing trade exchange

Italy hosts many trade exhibitions with global appeal. The northern region of Lombardy is particularly important to the Italian economy, and trade between the UK and Lombardy has been growing in recent years.

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