Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Whether you are a business looking to buy from or invest in the UK, the Department for Business and Trade is here to help you take the next step.

CPTPP is recognised as one of the world’s most progressive free trade agreements with ambitious provisions for digital trade, e-commerce, trade in services and protection of intellectual property. The trade agreement contains high standards for sustainability, anti-corruption and improving workers’ rights.

The 11 CPTPP signatories boast dynamic economies representing a combined £9 trillion in GDP, which will increase to £11 trillion when the UK joins.

We have been formally negotiating accession to CPTPP since 2 June 2021 and substantially concluded negotiations in March 2023. On 16 July 2023 we signed the UK's accession to CPTPP.

Joining will strengthen international ties and economic relationships between the UK and the Indo-Pacific region. Through our accession we will achieve:

  • enhanced export opportunities, including lower tariffs on exported goods
  • improved access to services markets
  • more access to high-quality consumer goods
  • easier investment opportunities
  • in fighting unfair trading practices around the world to support businesses across the UK

How can we help?

We offer practical support and expertise with our vast network of industry experts in the UK and around the world. Our advisers can help:

  • find the products or services you’re looking for,
  • connect you with customers and suppliers,
  • provide the latest market intelligence,
  • and answer any questions to help you understand how to trade with the UK.

Why the UK?

  • The second-largest investment destination in the world.
  • Leaders in innovation and R&D: the UK’s commitment to world-leading R&D ranks us 4th in the Global Innovation Index 2022.
  • Business-friendly environment: the UK is the ninth easiest place to do business in the world according to World Bank, with a single corporate tax rate of 19% and generous incentives for innovation.
  • Diverse pool of talent: the UK is home to four of the world’s top ten universities and has a world-class pool of skilled workers.

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