Where we could sell more

A Trading Nation focusses on exporting to 26 countries. Evidence shows these countries are where Scotland's exports are most likely to grow.

Countries we’ll look to export to

A Trading Nation organises countries into 3 priority groups.

Priority group 1

The 15 countries in the first priority group are:

These countries currently make up 66% of Scotland’s exports. They’re expected to provide the most opportunity for Scotland’s future export growth.

To help exports to these countries, we’ll put in place support including:

  • Scottish Development International help in each country
  • trade envoys for specific sectors
  • help from the GlobalScot network
  • help from in-market sector specialists
  • trade missions and Ministerial visits

Priority group 2

The 11 countries in the second priority group are:

  • Japan
  • Australia
  • Turkey
  • Mexico
  • India
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Nigeria
  • South Korea
  • Brazil
  • Indonesia

These countries currently make up 14% of Scotland’s exports. These countries are expected to provide opportunities for businesses in:

  • the mid to long term
  • specific sectors

To help exports to these countries, we’ll put in place support including:

  • help from Scottish Development International
  • trade envoys for specific sectors
  • help from the GlobalScot network

We’ll also look to make use of the Department for International Trade’s support where possible.

Priority group 3

The third priority group are countries that might offer opportunities for certain Scottish businesses.

To help exports to these countries, we’ll put in place support including help from:

  • Department for International Trade
  • the GlobalScot network

How countries were chosen

Each country was chosen based on evidence. This evidence drew on a range of sources that looked at:

  • how much Scotland currently exports there
  • how we think exports there could increase in future
  • how much other countries are exporting there
  • things about that country that can benefit key sectors

You can find out more about how countries were chosen on gov.scot