A wide range of resources and support is available to help you further with exporting internationally. Some of these include:
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets. With offices all over the country, UKTI’s International Trade Advisors can provide sector-specific advice about trading internationally, along with tailored support for your business. It organises useful trade events so you can go and meet potential buyers and suppliers in the destination of your choice, and find out more about business there first-hand.
The British Chambers of Commerce supports and advises businesses in all areas of international trade and exporting. It also offers links to British
bi-lateral and International Chambers of Commerce, providing you with connections in new markets.
There are regular networking events throughout the year designed to help you develop local contacts and grow your business. Many Chambers have also embraced social media to help you keep in touch with what’s happening locally.
HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) provides assistance on a number of matters relating to the importing and exporting of goods. Information and guides are available covering topics such as the classification of goods, the European Union, Relief Procedures on Duty and VAT, Tariffs and Duties, Intrastate and the requirement to submit Supplementary Declarations, together with basic guides on export licences, export taxes, import licences, rates of exchange, etc.
UKtradeinfo is an HMRC site that provides extensive import and export statistics. You can use it for research and also find things like the right commodity code for your goods or the right airport code.
The Institute of Export (IOE) is the professional membership body representing and supporting the interests of everyone involved in importing, exporting and international trade. IOE members also receive regular updates, newsletters and a magazine, providing up-to-date information on trading overseas. A range of events are held locally and nationally throughout the year.