The Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade

Empowering global trade

The Institute of Export & International Trade is about to change and we can’t wait for you to join us in what’s set to be an exciting new era for global trade.

We will soon be becoming the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade, having been granted a Royal Charter by HM King Charles III earlier this year.

This is an historic moment for trade in the UK and globally. It is an acknowledgement of the distinguished role of the IOE&IT in global trade and wider society. It is a recognition of the professional status and importance of our members.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll tell you what becoming the Chartered Institute means for you, we’ll share with you our fresh and modern new identity, and we’ll be telling you how we’re going to be evolving our services to further empower you in trade.

And if you are not yet a member, make sure to join our community and be a part of this exciting new era for trade.

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Your questions answered: What the move to Chartered means for you

Royal Charters have been granted to organisations by the Sovereign, on the advice of the Privy Council, since the 13th century. Incorporation by Charter infers a new legal personality on a body and reflects its high status. It is a prestigious accolade that marks the trust placed in an organisation by the Sovereign. You can read more about the history of Royal Charters here.

We’ll make sure you don’t have to do anything. Your membership of the Institute of Export & International Trade will be automatically transferred to the Chartered Institute.

The Institute will become the Chartered Institute later this summer. The team is currently working on a new and fresh brand identity, alongside the development and enhancement of various new and existing services, and we can’t wait to share more details about this activity in the coming weeks.

According to the Privy Council, Charters are “granted rarely these days”. IOE&IT submitted a petition to the Privy Council for the granting of the Charter and was then assessed according to a number of criteria, including:

  • Whether its members comprised of a “unique profession” without overlap with other bodies
  • It was financially sound with a demonstrable “track record of achievement over a number of years”
  • Whether there was a “public interest” for future amendments to the body’s Charter to require approval from the Privy Council

If you have any questions or concerns about our transition to becoming the Chartered Institute, we’ll answer – just send through your queries to