Bidding for overseas procurement opportunities: what to expect from 1 January 2021

Information for UK businesses about overseas procurement opportunities covered under the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) and UK’s trade agreements.

New rules for January 2021

The UK has left the EU, and the transition period after Brexit comes to an end this year.

This page tells you what you’ll need to do from 1 January 2021. It will be updated if anything changes.

You can also read about the transition period.

The Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) opens up procurement markets among its parties. For the UK, as a party to the GPA, this means that:

  • UK businesses can bid for certain procurement opportunities in the other parties’ territories
  • businesses from those parties can bid for certain procurement opportunities in the UK

UK businesses will continue to benefit from the opportunities and rights provided by the GPA from 1 January 2021.

Procurement opportunities under the GPA

The WTO website sets out which markets are covered by the GPA and what types of procurement opportunities are covered in each market.

GPA parties use their own online platforms for publishing procurement opportunities. The WTO website provides party specific procurement-related information.

Procurement opportunities in addition to GPA coverage

Certain trade agreements between the UK and non-EU countries also include procurement provisions in addition to those covered by GPA. You can find out more about the terms of these agreements.


If you have any questions about the GPA or what is covered in the procurement agreements, use the contact form to get in touch.

Published 16 August 2019
Last updated 7 October 2020 
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