The UK Experience with Offsets
Although not unique, the UK's experience of offsets is unusual. The UK is a substantial exporter of arms and thus domestic manufacturers frequently incur offset obligations when selling overseas. The UK also imports defence equipment, largely but not exclusively from the US, and typically invites offset proposals from potential suppliers. British industry is thus in the unusual position of both giving and receiving substantial amounts of offset work, and this duality makes the UK an attractive subject for a case study of the impact of offsets. Most other countries are typically importers of defence equipment and thus only receive offset work. The US is different again being largely a seller of arms and thus only gives offset work.