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Latest Trade Outlook positive | Hong Kong | Imports made easy

Further growth documented in the latest British Chambers of Commerce / DHL Quarterly International Trade Outlook

The latest edition of the Quarterly International Trade Outlook reveals positive results for the first quarter of 2014. Export confidence is continuing to increase, export sales and orders are at all time highs, and 40% of firms are looking to hire more staff. There is however some regional variation, with parts of the UK, including the midlands, performing particularly well.

The report also includes forecasts that UK exports will grow by 2.4 per cent in 2014, case studies, a heat map of where UK exports are most likely to grow by 2021 and destination profiles for Kenya, Ghana, Kuwait, Morocco, Australia and China.

If you’d like to read the full report, it’s available here.


High hopes for trade with Hong Kong

Did you know that Hong Kong is the UK’s third-largest export market in the Asia-Pacific area? As an established global business centre, Hong Kong is an especially attractive trade partner due to its strong free trade policy with no tariffs. Hong Kong’s open to business approach means it has been declared the world’s most free economy every year since 1995.

Though Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region of China since 1997, its ties to the UK remain strong. English is a standard business language and more than 300 UK companies currently have operations in Hong Kong.

Read more about why you should consider expanding your international business to Hong Kong in our new guide page and fact sheet.


DHL’s Import Express Online Shipping Tool

If import is already part of your international trade mix, or you’re thinking about the best way to start bringing goods into the UK, DHL’s Import Express Online shipping tool can help you maximise your international trade potential.

DHL Import Express Online has been created to specifically meet the needs of importers and is designed to make interactions between importers and shippers as straightforward and secure as possible. Users have just one account number and will receive one monthly invoice, billed in one currency, at prices agreed in advance. DHL Import Express thus gives you complete control and visibility of your imports.

Click here for more information on DHL Import Express, including a brochure and introductory video tutorial.


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