Exporting to Poland

Poland is the largest of the newer European Union (EU) member states. It has been one of the fastest developing countries in the EU in recent years. In 2012 its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased by 1.6%, well above the EU average.

Poland is located at the crossroads of European trade and transport routes. It can be an entry point to other central and eastern European (CEE) countries as well as emerging markets further east.

€72.9 billion from EU structural and cohesion funds for the years 2014 to 2020 will be invested in a range of projects in Poland.

Poland is ranked by the World Bank as the 45th easiest country in which to do business.

The largest UK investors in Poland include Tesco Plc, Glaxo SmithKline, AVIVA Plc, BP, Shell Overseas Holdings Ltd, HSBC, BUPA and Unilever.

Benefits for British businesses exporting to Poland include:

  • huge domestic market with over 38 million consumers
  • English increasingly spoken, particularly by the younger generation
  • strong, dynamic economy
  • gateway to emerging markets of eastern Europe
  • over 300 flights a week between UK and Poland

Strengths of the Polish market include:

  • strategic location
  • 105.8 billion Euro of EU funds will be allocated to Poland between 2014 and 2020
  • young, well-educated workforce
  • vast experience in trade with eastern Europe
  • investment incentives in Special Economic Zones (SEZ), business and technology parks
  • availability of foreign lawyers, accountants and consultants in Poland to help foreign investors

Have a look at this video about the British Polish Business Centre