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International trade and investment are vital to improving Scotland's competitiveness and reducing economic inequality.

We want to promote Scotland as an attractive place to live, work, invest and do business and to help Scottish businesses compete internationally.

We are adopting a 'One Scotland' approach to delivery. This means bringing together individuals, businesses and organisations with relevant experience and interests to promote international business and support opportunities.


We are supporting international trade and investment in Scotland by:


Scotland’s international exports increased by 23.9% between 2010 and 2016, from £24.1 billion to £29.8 billion. We want Scotland's exports to continue to increase, and for Scotland's economy and international profile to grow with them.

Global Scotland – Scotland’s Trade and Investment Strategy 2016-2021 sets out what we are doing to improve Scotland’s export performance, and to attract inward, capital and risk investment.

‘International’ and ‘Investment’ are two of the four key priorities identified for achieving sustainable economic growth in Scotland in our Economic Strategy.



Telephone: 0300 244 6797

Scottish Government
International Trade and Investment Policy
Innovation, Investment and Industries Division
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
G2 8LU