Whether you’re searching for new market opportunities, preparing your customs paperwork or looking to grow with trade finance, we’re supporting small businesses to trade internationally. Get ready to expand overseas with the help of expert resources and guidance.
New to trading internationally? Learn the basics with our resources on importing, exporting and doing business overseas, including the new rules for trading with the EU.
Sending your products across the world or importing materials from suppliers overseas? From customs declarations to classifying goods, find out what you need to know about the process.
Received your first export order? Lesley Batchelor OBE, COO of Open Borders Direct, explains what you need to consider and how you can access additional support.
Getting ready to go global and expand your business internationally? Bridgehead International Agency share the key things your small business should remember when preparing to break into overseas markets.
Paperwork and Processes
Tick the right boxes, get your paperwork in order and discover the different rules you need to follow when taking your products and services into new markets.
Learn what rules of origin are and how to prove your product meets them to access tariff-free treatments for goods imported to or exported from the EU.
From work permits to digital services, discover what you need to know about delivering services either in-person or digitally in the EU.
Moving goods internationally? Whether you’re importing or exporting, find out what you need to know about customs declarations and when they’re required.
Make sure you’re paying the correct taxes and duties on your imports and exports with our guides to VAT for international trade.
On 1 July 2021, the European Union implemented changes to the VAT obligations for businesses selling directly to customers (B2C). Find out what this means for your business.
Learn everything you need to know about VAT, from registration with HMRC to adding it to your prices, with our beginner’s guide for small business owners.
Trading with the EU? Find out what you need to know about changes to VAT, from duty deferment accounts to digital services.
Financing your expansion
Trade finance can help you to grow your business. Our experts from FSB Funding Platform explain how it works, what’s available and how it can benefit your business.
Download your free guide to trade finance for small business exporters and importers.
From keeping your supply chain moving to collecting payments in different currencies with ease, FSB Funding Platform explains how export finance can grow your business.
Learn what trade finance is, the key things to remember as a business owner and where you can find more support with our beginner's guide.
From recruiting talent from abroad to understanding Northern Ireland’s trading relationship with the EU, you’ll find even more support and guidance.
Learn about how you can protect data and your business when trading internationally and the legislation you need to follow.
The UK has completed its transition period and is no longer part of the European Union. If you hire staff from outside the UK there are extra steps you need to take.
Northern Ireland has a different trading relationship with the EU. Find support for trading internationally from NI Business Info, including understanding legal responsibilities, finding opportunities and export training.
Support from the Department for International Trade
You can access guides, tools and help from international trade advisors through the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT). Got a question about exporting to Europe? Contact the Export Support Service online or on 0300 303 8955. The service will expand to cover more global markets from 2022.