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.

Getting Started

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.

How to get started with importing and exporting goods
Article Wed, 03 November 2021

How to get started with importing and exporting goods

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.

Seven questions for your first export order
Article Mon, 18 October 2021

Seven questions for your first export order

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.

Six tips for successfully expanding your business into global markets
Article Fri, 15 October 2021

Six tips for successfully expanding your business into global markets

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.

What are rules of origin and how do they affect me?
Article Fri, 12 February 2021

What are rules of origin and how do they affect me?

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.

Trade in services in the EU: What you need to know
Article Fri, 12 February 2021

Trade in services in the EU: What you need to know

From work permits to digital services, discover what you need to know about delivering services either in-person or digitally in the EU.

Customs declarations for international trade
Article Fri, 12 February 2021

Customs declarations for international trade

Moving goods internationally? Whether you’re importing or exporting, find out what you need to know about customs declarations and when they’re required.

VAT

Make sure you’re paying the correct taxes and duties on your imports and exports with our guides to VAT for international trade.

New EU VAT e-commerce rules explained for online sellers
Article Tue, 29 June 2021

New EU VAT e-commerce rules explained for online sellers

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.

What is VAT?
Article Fri, 21 May 2021

What is VAT?

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.

10 VAT considerations for trading with the EU
Article Wed, 17 February 2021

10 VAT considerations for trading with the EU

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.

Free guide to SME trade finance
External resource Mon, 18 October 2021

Free guide to SME trade finance

Download your free guide to trade finance for small business exporters and importers.

How export finance can grow your business
Article Thu, 15 April 2021

How export finance can grow your business

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.

Is trade finance right for my business?
Article Mon, 22 February 2021

Is trade finance right for my 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.

Additional resources

From recruiting talent from abroad to understanding Northern Ireland’s trading relationship with the EU, you’ll find even more support and guidance.

Data protection and the UK transition: What you need to do

Data protection and the UK transition: What you need to do

Learn about how you can protect data and your business when trading internationally and the legislation you need to follow.

Hiring talent from outside the UK

Hiring talent from outside the UK

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.

Trading With Northern Ireland

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. 

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Learn about free trade agreements

Watch a bitesize video series from the Department for International Trade (DIT) about free trade agreements and what they mean for you and your business.

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Attend the Export Academy

The UK Export Academy is a free comprehensive training offer for UK businesses, featuring masterclasses, events, mentoring and roundtables.

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Speak to international trade advisor

Need additional help with exporting? Get in touch with an expert international trade advisor for in-depth support.

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Build your export
plan

Ready to sell internationally? Take your first steps to exporting and create a free export plan so you can go global successfully.

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Explore global markets

Browse market guides to help you identify new export opportunities and prepare your business to trade in markets across the world.

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Join an export
event

Join regular events hosted by DIT to find out more about how you can tap into the world’s largest and fastest growing markets.