UK cities to test legal e-scooters, medical drones and more

UK cities to test legal e-scooters, medical drones and moreWhile the country has traditionally lagged behind other European countries when it comes to e-scooters, the UK’s Department for Transport has announced that it is exploring new transportation modes4. E-scooters, e-cargo bikes, and medical drones are the focus of the consultation – as well as bringing the on-demand model to buses and other UK public transport.

The move, which will have huge ramifications for last-mile delivery, “marks the biggest review of transport laws in a generation,” according to Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, and will “…pave the way for exciting new transport technology to be tested, cementing the UK’s position as a world-leading innovator.” Read more from www.techcrunch.com article >

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UK goods exports increase

UK goods exports increaseNew figures released by HMRC this week reveal that 2019 saw a rise in goods exports in all four of the UK’s nations. Exports from England grew by 2%, from Northern Ireland by 2.2%, from Wales by 3% and from Scotland by 4.4%.

An increase of demand from UK goods has been seen from countries outside of the EU. In 2019, the number of businesses exporting goods from the UK to the rest of world totalled 160,400, an increase of 2.6% on 2018. Read more >

UK and Lebanon trade agreement signed

UK and Lebanon sign trade continuity agreementA UK-Lebanon Association Agreement has been signed by both nations, ensuring British businesses and consumers will continue to benefit from preferential trading terms after leaving the European Union.

Trade between the UK and Lebanon was worth £603 million in 2018. Minister for the Middle East and North Africa Dr Andrew Murrison said: “The economic and trade relationship between our two countries holds much potential. I look forward to more British and Lebanese companies doing business with each other.” Read more >

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UK joint statement with Korea

UK joint statement with KoreaThe UK and Korea have signed a joint statement for trade continuity that will allow businesses to keep trading freely even after the UK has left the European Union. This will help to strengthen the trading relationship between the UK and Korea further, which in 2018 was worth £14.6 billion.

International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox commented on the increasing value of trade between the two nations: “Providing continuity in our trading relationship will allow businesses in the UK and Korea to keep trading without any additional barriers, which will help us further increase trade in the years ahead.” 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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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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