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International Trade News
13 May 2020
UK trade declines in Q1 with exports of pharmaceuticals and aircraft plummeting »
UK exports and imports both declined in Q1 2020 when compared to the same period last year, figures from the government to...
13 May 2020
Government agrees to guarantee trade credit insurance »
The government has agreed to temporarily guarantee trade credit insurance for businesses struggling to get cover due to Co...
12 May 2020
‘PPE is the issue’ with government COVID-19 back-to-work plans, manufacturers say »
Manufacturers – a sector highlighted by the government as one that should return to work if safe to do so – have welcomed...
12 May 2020
Furlough scheme extended till end of October – latest government support for businesses »
Furlough scheme UPDATE (Tues 12 May):  The government’s furlough scheme is being extended to the end of October,...
12 May 2020
European freight volumes start to recover in the second half of April »
Freight volumes in Europe are starting to recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to new data. Ther...
11 May 2020
MEDIA WATCH – four things businesses learned today about getting staff back to work »
Here the IOE&IT’s content team sifts through the morning news headlines to bring readers the latest government po...
11 May 2020
UK to boost capacity at east coast ports to reduce reliance on Dover-Calais link »
The government is looking to strengthen the UK’s east coast ports and reduce its reliance on the port of Calais due to its...
11 May 2020
The government's 20 'customs easements’ to keep trade flowing during the pandemic (11 May) »
The government is keeping trade moving during the Coronavirus pandemic through a combination of customs easements and taxa...
07 May 2020
Hopes high for SME exporters at US-UK trade talks »
The UK’s negotiations for a free trade agreement with the US, which began this week via video link, have a particular focu...
07 May 2020
IOE&IT ALERT: Customs authorisations may change from 1 January 2021 »
The Institute of Export & International Trade is alerting its members to the possibility that their existing customs a...
07 May 2020
Lloyds Bank National Business Awards: call for entries from exporters »
'Finalists at last year's Lloyd Bank National Business Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London' The Institu...
06 May 2020
HMRC introduces more digital measures to help exporters »
HMRC is introducing temporary measures to help exporters when they apply for, and receive, ‘preference documents’ from HMR...
06 May 2020
Maersk launches its first China to Turkey rail freight service »
Maersk has unveiled a China-to-Turkey rail freight service, with the automotive and technology sectors, a particular targe...
06 May 2020
World War II airbase among ‘off-dock options’ as warehousing industry braces for capacity storage »
The UK’s warehousing industry is reaching a “pinch point” for storage capacity but the emergency use of spaces such as for...
05 May 2020
Talks on a US-UK deal begin today via video with billions-worth of trade at stake »
The UK and the United States have begun talks via video conference on a trade deal, amid the backdrop of the coronavirus p...
05 May 2020
Bounce-back loans launched – today’s update on government support for businesses (05 May) »
Bounce-back loans UPDATE:  The government’s offer of ‘bounce-back loans’ for small business was launched yesterda...
05 May 2020
HMRC to extend payment period for customs and import duty due in May »
HMRC will extend the payment period for customs and import duty currently due on Friday, 15 May. This is a repeat of th...
04 May 2020
MEDIA WATCH: 4 news stories to read today (Monday, 4 May) »
Here the IOE&IT’s content team sifts through the morning news headlines to bring readers a digest of stories rele...
04 May 2020
Government scraps VAT for purchases of PPE in all sectors beyond healthcare »
VAT will not be charged on purchases of PPE (personal protective equipment) for a three-month period, the government has a...
04 May 2020
Staff to work in staggered shifts and avoid face-to-face meetings, government says »
Draft plans for the UK’s lockdown exit suggest employees will be asked to work in staggered shifts and avoid face-to-face...
01 May 2020
Time running out for clarity over post-Brexit customs checks in Northern Ireland, EU warns the UK »
The EU says the UK must urgently clarify details of its plans for accommodating customs checks and procedures required for...
01 May 2020
Relief on import duty and VAT: an update »
As the government continues to announce reliefs available on import duty and import VAT, here the Institute of Export &...
01 May 2020
Latest IOE&IT webinar on COVID-19: 4 things we learned »
Coronavirus continues to impact global trade but businesses and supply chains are adapting, delegates at an Institute of E...
30 April 2020
MEDIA WATCH: 4 news stories to read today (Thursday, 30 April) »
Here the IOE&IT’s content team sifts through the morning news headlines to bring readers a digest of stories rele...
30 April 2020
China’s exports slump as focus shifts to domestic infrastructure projects »
Chinese factories have suffered a collapse in export orders for April despite the country’s exit from lockdown and the reo...
30 April 2020
A third of SMEs say access to government loans will come too late to save their business »
Businesses are continuing to struggle to access government funding from schemes including the Coronavirus Business Interru...
29 April 2020
‘Fragile’ supply chains exposed during pandemic, heralding new risk averse approach »
The “fragility and vulnerability” of supply chains have been exposed by COVID-19 and the logistics industry must re-evalua...
29 April 2020
MEDIA WATCH: 3 news stories to read today (29 April) »
Here the IOE&IT’s content team sifts through the morning news headlines to bring readers a digest of stories rele...
29 April 2020
Food and drink exports to US drop due to retaliatory tariffs, with whisky sales falling by a quarter »
Food and drink exports to the US have declined following the introduction of a 25% import tax six months ago, according to...
28 April 2020
MEDIA WATCH: 5 key national news stories to read »
Here the IOE&IT’s William Barns-Graham sifts through the morning news headlines to bring readers a digest of importa...
28 April 2020
Official advice on applying for a PPE export licence – and other PPE updates »
The government has today (Tuesday, 28 April) published fresh guidance for producers of personal protective equipment (PPE)...
28 April 2020
Government help for businesses: all the measures (updated 28 April) including bounce-back loans »
  With coronavirus affecting many firms in international trade, the  Daily Update  brings you an updat...
27 April 2020
Furloughed workers urged to pick fruit, despite reports of slow uptake by employment agencies »
Furloughed workers have been urged to become fruit pickers as the UK faces a labour shortage due to the coronavirus. Th...
27 April 2020
‘Britain blocking progress on Brexit,’ claims EU negotiator »
A first of three rounds of talks on a post-Brexit trade deal have taken place via video conferencing despite the distracti...
27 April 2020
UK strikes deal with Ireland and France to keep freight routes open for vital goods »
The UK has struck a deal with the Republic of Ireland and France to keep vital freight routes open for goods such as food...

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