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International Trade News
22 March 2019
‘A smart border for smart drivers’ in France – Brexit update »
Procedures are being put in place at the French border in preparation for a no-deal Brexit. New customs formalities and ch...
22 March 2019
Short extension to Brexit as withdrawal agreement is set to enter yet another critical week »
A new timeline has been set for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU following late night talks around an extension to Article...
13 March 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Government sets out import tariff plans for no-deal Brexit »
The UK government has set out its long-awaited 'no-deal' trade plans after Prime Minister Theresa May's exit agreement wit...
04 March 2019
Christine Lagarde delivers the World Traders' Tacitus Lecture 2019 »
  This year’s World Traders' Tacitus Lecture, delivered by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, sprinkled a li...
28 February 2019
Six out of eight IT systems needed for UK borders in a 'No Deal Brexit' aren't ready »
A report by the National Audit Office, released on the evening of Wednesday 27th February 2019 to the public accounts comm...
25 February 2019
New London Port gets the go-ahead »
The Port of Tilbury, the UK’s fastest growing port, last week received development consent from the Secretary of State for...
20 February 2019
WTO reports global trade growth slowdown »
A quarterly report from the World Trade Organisation has signalled a slowdown in global trade, just a month before the UK...
19 February 2019
HMRC issues sector specific guidance for no deal Brexit »
  HMRC has released new sector primers for business on the UK exiting the EU, bringing together the top 3-5 issues...
13 February 2019
HMRC launches tool to help businesses prepare for the UK leaving the EU »
HMRC has released a tool to to help UK businesses find out:  what they need to do to prepare for the UK...
08 February 2019
Northern Powerhouse Export Award Winners Announced »
The Northern Powerhouse Export Award winners were announced at a ceremony at the National Railway Museum in York last...
05 February 2019
EU Exit Preparations: Day 1 Easement for Customs, Excise and VAT »
Blog entry by Arne Mielken, Young President The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) is helping...
05 February 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
HMRC simplifies importing from the EU as part of ‘no deal’ preparation »
  HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU about simplif...
05 February 2019
New trade continuity agreement signed by the UK and Chile »
  This trade continuity agreement will see British businesses and consumers benefiting from preferential trading...
31 January 2019
7-year wait for frictionless trade in no deal Brexit outcome »
It will take up to seven years for the UK to have frictionless, tariff-free trade should the UK leave the EU without a dea...
30 January 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Anti-corruption efforts stalled in most countries »
The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released yesterday by Transparency International reveals that the continued...
28 January 2019   (0 Comments - view/add)
Brexit linked downturn looms for SMEs as sales fall and costs rise »
SMEs are at risk of a downturn, according to the latest SME Confidence Tracker from independent financial services provide...
24 January 2019
UK and New Zealand to continue Mutual Recognition Agreement »
  A trade arrangement between the UK and New Zealand which helps boost international trade will continue when th...
23 January 2019
British Bike exports soar »
As Britain’s best cyclists head for the National Track Cycling Championships in Manchester later this week, an analysis of...
17 January 2019
EU Exit – Update from HMRC »
The UK will be leaving the EU on 29 March 2019. Leaving the EU with a deal remains the Government’s top priority, however...
15 January 2019
Japan opens its market to imports of UK lamb and beef »
UK exporters are set to benefit from a multi-million pound boost as Japan today (10 January 2019) opened its market to imp...
11 January 2019
EU-Japan FTA to come into force - what you need to know about REX »
Guest blog from Arne Mielken MIEx (Grad), Young President of the Institute of Export & International Trade The EU...
10 January 2019
Surge in UK AEO Applications – a sign that Brexit preparations are going up a notch? »
There has been a surge in AEO applications in the UK – a clear indication that the country’s exporting businesses are prep...
08 January 2019
UK Services Sector Reports Subdued Growth »
The UK services sector reported subdued growth conditions at the end of 2018 - the latest indication that Brexit uncertain...
04 January 2019
CPTPP is now in force, promoting free trade in the Pacific »
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership – also known as CPTPP – came into force at the e...
02 January 2019
More UK businesses than ever are seeking expansion opportunities overseas »
More businesses than ever are seeking expansion opportunities overseas, International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox MP said...
21 December 2018
Grants available for SMEs to attend international trade shows »
Businesses can apply for grants of up to £2,500 to attend international trade shows through the Department for Internation...
18 December 2018
Food and drink exports grow again in 2018 Q3 »
The Food and Drink Federation has reported growth in exports in Q3 for 2018.  The key headlines include: In...
13 December 2018
Ports in the frontline of projected climate change impacts »
Regina Asariotis, the Chief of Policy and Legislation at UNCTAD, told the 24 th Conference of the Parties to the United N...
07 December 2018
Whisky and chocolate continue to top export list »
Whisky and chocolate continue to top the UK's food and drink export lists, according to new research by the Food and Drin...
07 December 2018
UK exports continue to rise »
  New figures released yesterday (6 December) by HMRC reveal that in the year ending September 2018:...
06 December 2018
Exports boost for UK industry as India opens market to British sheep meat »
British farmers and food producers will soon be able to export British sheep meat to India as the country prepares to open...
06 December 2018
Government Grants Available for Training Courses in Customs Procedures »
The government has announced £2 million worth of new grant funding towards training that helps UK businesses to complete...
05 December 2018
WTO Report: Blockchain could add $3tn to Global Trade by 2030 »
A new report from the WTO has predicted that international trade could be revolutionised by blockchain in the coming yea...
05 December 2018   (0 Comments - view/add)
EU Exit - Update from HMRC »
HMRC have published their latest letter on GOV.UK to help businesses that trade with the EU get ready to deal with custo...
30 November 2018
G20 The Voice of UK Business »
  Now is the time to lead by example, to champion the benefits of open, inclusive trade, stand up for the rules-ba...

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