UK launches Maritime Trade Investment Plan

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has launched a new strategy to boost trade and investment into the UK’s multibillion-pound maritime sector. The five year plan will focus on digital technologies, green maritime, autonomous vessels, marine science and maritime professional and business services.

The International Trade Secretary said: “Our Trade and Investment 5 Year Plan sets out how we can showcase our global capabilities in maritime technology, science and shipbuilding.” Read more >

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Scottish fish exports make a splash

Scottish fish exports make a splashThe Department for International Trade (DIT) has praised Scotland’s £1 billion fish industry. Latest statistics from HMRC show that goods exports from Scotland grew faster than any other part of the UK in the year to March 2019, now worth £32.8 billion.

In 2018 fish exports from Scotland to China were worth £97 million, China is Scotland’s top destination for fish exports outside of the EU and third largest destination in the world. The USA is the fourth largest destination for Scottish fish, with exports worth £89.5 million last year. Read more >

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Even global slowdown has not stopped UK export growth

UK Exports remain strong despite global slowdownStats from the Office of National Statistics paint an encouraging picture at the moment. Despite the slow down of the global economy, UK exports of goods and services between May 2018 and May 2019 increased by 4% to am incredible new high of £647.1 billion.

Dr Liam Fox, Secretary of State for International Trade, pointed out: “Despite the global headwinds getting stronger, [these] record-breaking statistics highlight what a real international trade policy can deliver for the UK as people from around the world continue to express their appetite for British goods and services.”

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A guide to exporting to Canada

Exporting to CanadaThis week Canadians celebrated Canada Day and in honour of the great trading relationship between British businesses and Canadian consumers we are putting a spotlight on trading conditions.

The UK is Canada’s second largest services trading partner and seventh largest source of goods imports. The stable political environment and record for strong economic growth make it a favourable environment for UK companies across all sectors. Find out more >

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Chambers of Commerce unite to support UK and European business

International Freight Solutions is a proud member of our local Chamber of Commerce: Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce. This links us to businesses near and also far through the connection with the British Chambers of Commerce.

Chambers of Commerce unite to support UK and European businessThe British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and the Council of British Chambers of Commerce in Europe have announced that a new agreement will see further British Chambers of Commerce become part of the BCC’s Global Business Network. This will provide some much needed support for trade between the UK and the continent during this period of uncertainty surrounding Brexit.

At the time it is most needed this move will create connections and support for both UK and European businesses making this a very strategic move. Read the full article here to find out more.

 

The new EU-Japan trade deal removes trade barriers

Find out more by reading UPS's factsheet >In July 2018 the EU and Japan signed an Economic Partnership Agreement in order to remove trade barriers. From 1st February 2019 the EPA came into force and is projected to eliminate €1 billion worth of tariffs paid annually by companies exporting goods to Japan, with an increase in GDP of €33 billion by 2035.

The EU – Japan EPA will be the world’s largest open economic area, said to make up 40% of global trade value, sending a powerful signal that two of the world’s largest economies explicitly reject trade protectionism.

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Find out more by reading UPS’s factsheet > The EU-Japan EPA pdf format