Exporting guide to Lithuania


Located at a crossroads between Northern, Central and Eastern Europe, Lithuania is politically stable and has enjoyed continuous economic growth (IMF, 2019). Its economy is small but diverse, with established manufacturing and agricultural sectors and growing technology and service sectors.

Ease of doing business

Lithuania is economically and politically stable, has a strategic location in Europe and its workforce is multilingual and well educated. Lithuania is a member of NATO, the European Union and the Schengen Area.

Strong UK trade links

Trade between the UK and Lithuania has grown steadily over the past few years and totalled £2 billion in 2019. UK exports to Lithuania amounted to £792 million in 2019, of which £541 million (68.3%) were goods and £251 million (31.7%) were services (ONS, 2020).

Lithuania city

Lithuania: at a glance



Business language

Lithuanian, English

You may need a translator

GDP per capita


UK is $47,203 (IMF, 2021, projected figure)

Economic growth


(IMF, 2021)

Time zone

GMT +3

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Opportunities for exporters

There are opportunities for UK companies across a broad range of industries. Our trade advisers in the Lithuania have identified particular opportunities for UK businesses in the following sectors:

Check for trade barriers

Trade barriers, such as tariffs or taxes, can raise costs, cause delays, or even stop you from exporting. Check for any issues that may impact your business when exporting.

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Check duties and customs

Find information on how to export goods from the UK. View the duties, rules, restrictions, and the documents you need for your products.

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Doing business in Lithuania

Preparing to export


If you're planning to export to Lithuania, make sure you're aware of the tax rates and regulations that may apply to your products. Information on taxes in Lithuania is available from the State Tax Inspectorate.


If you’re registered for VAT in the UK, it may be possible to zero-rate the goods you export to Lithuania, provided certain conditions are met.

The standard VAT rate in Lithuania is 21%.

Corporate tax

The standard corporate tax rate in Lithuania is 15%.

Standards and labelling

Products and packaging should meet EU standards. Labelling should be in Lithuanian. The Lithuanian Standards Board (website in Lithuanian) is responsible for standards.

Services regulations

Information on rules for selling services and business travel to Lithuania is available on gov.uk

Trade barriers

Check for any reported barriers to trading with Lithuania.

Report any trade barriers that are affecting your business so we can help fix them.

Operating in Lithuania

Operating in Lithuania

Lithuanian legislation, though aligned with EU requirements, can be complex. For help finding tax and legal advisers before entering into agreements, speak to our team in Lithuania.

Intellectual property

As a first step, we advise you to speak to an intellectual property (IP) lawyer if you think you need patent protection when exporting.

Trademarks, designs, patents and copyright are the principal forms of IP protection available to companies and individuals. More information about patents in Lithuania is available from the State Patent Bureau.

Payment terms

Lithuanian law requires that invoices should be paid within 30 calendar days of the receipt of the invoice or other equivalent document, unless the buyer and supplier agree on other payment conditions. The payment terms in Lithuania are defined by the Law on the Prevention of Delays in Payments made under Commercial Contracts of the Republic of Lithuania.

Use of a distributor

In most cases, you’ll need to use a local representative to do business in Lithuania, usually a distributor. It’s relatively easy to appoint a distributor and there are no legal barriers to agents and distributors operating for a UK company within Lithuania.

Next steps

DIT can advise you on doing business abroad, and help put you in touch with other people who can help such as lawyers and distributors.