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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Strawberry exports up!

In 2018 Britain saw it’s largest ever export of strawberry shipments. This was a 56% leap in export value says HMRC.

A record £3.9 million British strawberries were shipped in 2018. The Netherlands did pretty well too as the largest market, growing by a whopping 361% between 2017 and 2018!

Our International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox remarked:

“As Wimbledon starts, and with the ‘Great British Summer of Sport’ in full swing, I am delighted that Britain’s exporters are serving up a treat, with more people than ever before enjoying classic British strawberries and cream.” Read more in an article at: fruitnet.com >

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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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Much needed road funding from the Government

Much needed road funding from the GovernmentWelcome news from the Department of Transport – £201 million has been granted to councils across England to undertake road maintenance and pothole repair.

This is especially good news for haulage firms out there. Damaged road surfaces cost the logistics industry millions in repairs and replacements. Efficient logistics is vital to ensure that Britain keeps trading, Reade more >

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The United Kingdom and European Union have agreed an extension to Article 50 to delay Brexit

International Freight Solutions IFS guidance for BrexitThe UK was scheduled to leave the EU at 11pm on 12 April 2019. However, a further extension to Article 50 has now been agreed to allow more time to conclude a Brexit deal with the EU. This extension will last until 31 October, unless a deal is agreed earlier.

For the duration of the extension, the UK will remain within the EU Single Market and imports and exports will continue to be subject to EU rules.

Until a Withdrawal Agreement is passed by the UK parliament, the legal default position for the UK remains exiting the EU without a deal. It is therefore essential that businesses prepare for all possible outcomes, including a possible No Deal Brexit. In this scenario your packages could face delays if you don’t put the right preparations in place.

In readiness for a possible Hard Brexit scenario, here are some steps you can take:

  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number: If you do not have an active EORI this will be needed for Customs Clearance, it’s free to apply and currently takes just a few days. You can apply here > Get a UK EORI number to trade within the EU
  • Commercial invoice: This should include; goods description / tariff number / value & currency / packaging details / weight / origin / EORI number / Commodity code. Invoice Template attached.
  • Know the commodity code of your goods: Commodity codes classify goods so you can fill in export declarations. You can look these up here > Trade Tariff Look Up
  • Record keeping: You’re required to keep records for all traded goods you declare to HMRC for 6 years. The reason for this is for duty and tax purposes, and for government statistics.

We also recommend that you keep up to date on finer details which may be relevant to your business at  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/exporting-and-importing-goods-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal and also https://www.gov.uk.

Download > commercial-invoice-template-230kb

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with us should you require any further advice.

Exports across the UK rise

UK mapExports continue to rise across the UK

According to new figures, the number of UK businesses exporting goods has increased by over 1,000 since this time last year, bringing the number to 110,800. More appetite from non-EU countries for UK goods has been seen, with the number of businesses exporting to these countries rising by 1.3 per cent in the last three months.

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said these figures highlight the exporting power across all UK regions. “This is fantastic news for British businesses, who should be encouraged by these figures to take advantage of the clear opportunities available for growing their business overseas.” Read more >