Security-focused controls have always featured in the governance of international trade and the UK's regulatory environment comprises a wide range of control objectives. These include supply chain security, anti-terrorism, crime, food security, bio-security, prohibitions and restrictions, fiscal security and anti-smuggling, money laundering, immigration control, public wellbeing and the safety of critical infrastructure.

The threat of terrorism has led to an increased tightening up of security issues concerning international trade.

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