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Doing business in Iran: trade and export guide

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On 16 January 2016, Iran received extensive economic and financial sanctions relief following confirmation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that Iran had met its obligations under the nuclear deal agreed on 14 July 2015, meaning the country is now able to trade more freely globally.


The UK government supports expanding our trade relationship with Iran and we encourage UK businesses to take advantage of the commercial opportunities arising from the lifting of sanctions.

The Department for International Trade ( DIT) – based both in the UK and in the British Embassy in Tehran – is on hand to support trade and investment between our 2 countries.

Re-opening of the British Embassy in Tehran in 2015, the upgrade in diplomatic relations and the appointment of Nicholas Hopton as British Ambassador to Iran on 5 September 2016, marked an important step forward in diplomatic relations between the two countries.

There is a positive outlook for UK-Iran trade relations. Iran is the biggest new market to enter the global economy in over a decade, offering significant opportunities in most sectors, with potential to grow as the market in Iran expands.

Iran’s significant oil and gas reserves will be an important driver of economic growth. Other sectors in this diversified economy with the potential to contribute to the country’s Gross Domestic Product ( GDP) growth and employment and where UK business has particular strengths include:

  • infrastructure
  • healthcare
  • retail
  • airports and aviation
  • mining
  • water

The Iranian government is keen to attract foreign investment and technology transfer across all sectors.

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