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International Trade News
3 hours ago
Pharma supply chain: 3 things to know today »
Amongst the various battlegrounds created by coronavirus, including saving lives and the race to find a vaccine, perhaps o...
3 hours ago
Government tells banks: ‘don’t deny good firms in financial difficulty’ »
The government has called on banks to “repay the favour” of the taxpayer bailout during the 2008 financial crash and step...
3 hours ago
Pandemic to accelerate digitisation of global trade, say trade authorities »
Global trade is going through a “paradigm shift” towards digitisation as a result of remote working during coronavirus out...
01 April 2020
Government waives import duty and VAT for key medical supplies »
The government has announced a lifting of import duty and VAT on medical supplies, equipment and protective garments being...
01 April 2020
Government to help fast-track imports and exports to support UK trade »
The government has today unveiled temporary ‘customs easements’ to assist UK international trade during the coronavirus ou...
01 April 2020
Demand by those seeking supply chain roles in the UK spikes during Covid-19 lockdown »
The number of people searching for supply chain roles in the UK has spiked since the start of the coronavirus lockdown las...
31 March 2020
Five things we learned at government briefing (Monday, 30 March), including a ‘no comment’ on China »
Shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies for staff in hospitals was a key theme of yesterday’s (Monday, 31...
31 March 2020
Governments plan delays on import tax collection »
Governments around the world are considering or implementing delays for import tariff payments to keep key supplies moving...
31 March 2020
Supply chains and COVID-19: which food and drinks groups are impacted and how? »
Supermarket shelves continue to restock but several food and drink sectors are feeling the impact of Covid-19. Having...
30 March 2020
Air freight prices jump ‘by more than a third’ as airlines use passenger space to carry cargo »
Airlines are increasingly using passenger planes as freight carriers to meet the growing demand for cargo by air. Abou...
30 March 2020
‘Furlough’ explained: government gives new guidance on job retention scheme »
As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the UK economy, many businesses are exploring the concept of ‘furloughing’ their e...
27 March 2020
Export and import businesses see decline in demand, says Open to Export straw poll »
UK businesses canvassed by the Institute of Export & International Trade have reported a decline in business because o...
27 March 2020
P&O temporarily lays off 1,100 staff ‘to focus on freight service’ »
P&O Ferries has announced the temporary lay-off of more than 1,000 staff at its Dover operations, prompted by a drop i...
26 March 2020
Help for self-employed but not until June: five things we learned on Thursday, March 26 »
Most of Britain’s five million self-employed people will get 80% of their usual income up to £2,500-a-month, but payments...
26 March 2020
Seaborne trade ‘could recover by end of 2020,’ Lloyds of London says »
    Seaborne trade could recover in the second half of the year to flat growth for 2020...
26 March 2020
Five key points from the Prime Minister’s briefing (Weds 25 March) »
  With business groups demanding clarity on what constitutes ‘essential work’, prime minister Boris Johnson yeste...
26 March 2020
Logistics firms donate huge vehicle fleet to government for Covid-19 response »
  A combined fleet of nearly 24,000 road vehicles from more than 700 logistics businesses is being offered to go...
25 March 2020
Demand for freighters is peaking and prices too, brokers say »
Demand for freight charters is “going through the roof” with prices for capacity spiking as a result, shipping brokers are...
25 March 2020
Suppliers can provide if consumers don’t panic buy, says UKWA​ »
    ‘Suppliers can provide if consumers don’t panic buy’, warehouse body says S...
24 March 2020
Coronavirus Bill temporary border closures clause ‘would stop illegal imports’ »
New legislation to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak could enable the Home Secretary to request ports and airports to tempor...
24 March 2020
UK bans ‘parallel exports’ of key medicines to ‘protect patients’ »
The UK has restricted exports of 80 key medicines to prevent shortages during the Covid-19 outbreak. The World Customs...
24 March 2020
Fight to recognise merchant seafarers’ role in COVID-19 crisis »
The role of seafarers during the COVID-19 crisis has come to the fore in the UK and globally, as unions and shipowner trad...
23 March 2020
Business loan scheme opens today for SME firms hit by coronavirus »
The UK government’s loan scheme to help smaller businesses hit by COVID-19 disruption, announced in the Budget earlier thi...
20 March 2020
Chancellor expected to deliver a package of wage subsidies today »
Photo credit:  HM Treasury Chancellor Rushi Sunak will unveil a package of help to workers facing redundancy in...
20 March 2020
Government includes freighters in list of ‘key workers’ to get special privileges in COVID-19 fight »
Freighters and delivery drivers are on an official list of ‘essential’ workers required in the UK’s battle against coronav...
19 March 2020
Prime Minister tells firms at March 19 briefing: ‘think carefully before you start laying off staff' »
The Prime Minister today gave his first prediction of the timescale for the UK’s efforts in tackling the coronavirus, at t...
19 March 2020
Global logistics leaders work to keep freight moving as Covid-19 hampers goods traffic »
  Global logistics leaders are working with government to keep freight moving in air, sea and on the roads amid...
19 March 2020
UK manufacturers call for help as Brexit prompts export drop »
UK manufacturing exports slumped to their lowest level in three years before the coronavirus crisis hit the UK, a survey h...
18 March 2020
PM vows not to extend Brexit transition due to Coronavirus »
The Prime Minister has said he has “no intention” of changing legislation to extend the Brexit transition period due to th...
17 March 2020
Chancellor unveils new reliefs for SMEs and promises turmoil will be "temporary" »
The Chancellor has announced £330bn of guaranteed loans to help UK businesses through the coronavirus crisis. Rishi Sun...
16 March 2020
G7 to coordinate global fiscal stimulus to help economies recover from Covid-19 »
G7 leaders have released a statement pledging to do “whatever is necessary” to help economies recover from the impact of C...
16 March 2020
Access to liquidity’ vital for businesses to come through Coronavirus, PM says »
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said firms will require help with cash flow as the UK enters a “fast growth” phase of the...
11 March 2020
Institute of Export chief welcomes Chancellor’s pledge to boost exports »
The government’s commitment to help boost exports, unveiled in today’s Budget speech, has been welcomed by Marco Forgione,...
11 March 2020
GTR postpones all events ‘until later in the year’ due to Coronavirus concerns »
Publisher and events company Global Trade Review has postponed events scheduled up until June “until later in the year” as...
28 February 2020
Institute of Export calls on government to extend customs training grant beyond January 2021 »
The Institute of Export & International Trade is urging the government to extend its grant for customs training beyond...

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