UK-Gulf trade | Exports to UAE | Latest e-commerce news

Posted on 8/07/2021 by DHL Express

UK & GCC commit to strengthening trading relationship

The UK and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have completed a Joint Trade and Investment review of their existing trading relationship, which was worth over £30 billion in 2020.

The two governing bodies identified the following areas as key sectors that require greater market access: professional and business services; agriculture, food and drink; education; healthcare and life sciences; financial services; environmental green technologies and renewable energy.

The British-Gulf collaboration aims to make swift progress with a shared ambition to support businesses, create jobs and ensure prosperity for the future.

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Exporting to UAE

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has seen rapid e-commerce growth in recent years, as a result of its growing young, tech-savvy population and high-income consumers. With more people shopping online than ever before, this is a great opportunity to grow your business.

Our exclusive guide to e-commerce in the UAE will cover everything you need to know to tap into this prosperous market. We look at where the biggest online opportunities are, how the pandemic-effect has boosted their e-commerce levels, and the most important criteria that UAE consumers are looking for when shopping online.

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The latest e-commerce news from around the world

As of 1 July VAT regulations are now in effect, meaning that all exports to the EU will be subject to VAT charges and require a formal customs declaration. Find out everything you need to know here and continue shipping without delay.

In other e-commerce news, Facebook has found that 81% of consumers have changed a shopping habit during the pandemic, and 92% will commit to this change going forward. Furthermore, research has shown that shoppers are looking for more positivity and playfulness in their customer experiences, to counter the negative impact that the pandemic has had on their mental health.

Meanwhile after a successful 2020, we shine a spotlight on two businesses who have big plans for expansion.

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