International Relationships

The Isle of Man has a special relationship with the European Union set out in protocol 3 to the United Kingdom's Treaty of Accession. Under this relationship the Island is neither a member state nor an associate member of the European Union, although the Isle of Man is part of the customs territory of the Union. It follows that there is free movement of industrial and agricultural goods in trade between the Island and the Union. The Isle of Man neither contributes to, nor receives from, the funds of the European Union, including, the UK.

Through the UK, membership of the OECD is extended to the Isle of Man. This means that the Island's financial products and services have access to markets where OECD membership is an entry requirement.

The Island has been a member of the World Trade Organisation since 1997.

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