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UKTI Export Week | The ‘New Silk Road’ update | Gatwick Service Centre

Get ready to explore global trade opportunities at UKTI Export Week

If you’re looking to expand your presence in your current export destinations, or want to discover opportunities in new international markets, don’t miss out on Export Week. The event – the sixth of its kind – is organised by UK Trade & Investment, the British government’s department for helping businesses succeed abroad.

From 10-14 November, more than 70 seminars, tradeshows and other sessions will take place across the UK as part of Export Week. As a flagship, the road show ExploreExport is touring 11 venues in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and more than 120 UKTI representatives with in-depth market specific knowledge will be available for dedicated meetings.

Click here for UKTI’s overview to find out what events are coming to your part of the UK.

The ‘New Silk Road’ – trade routes between China and Europe

There are two main routes connecting China to EU markets: goods can travel by land or by sea. China’s President Xi Jinping is a strong proponent of using these connections to establish a ‘New Silk Road’ between China and Europe.

The way by land involves an 11,000 km train journey from Chingqing, in China’s west, through Russia to Germany. This has become increasingly popular with western technology companies as a more efficient way of shipping high-value goods than sea routes. It goes both ways: in September, the first train carrying completed cars from Germany arrived in China. The maritime option, which is still the way most goods travel, goes from Shanghai via Sri Lanka and through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean and will be upgraded through an upcoming US$1.5 billion expansion of key ports.

Find out more about the trade routes connecting Europe to China here – and to drive your trade with China, check out our guides to importing from and exporting to the country, covering everything from Customs regulations to trade restrictions.


Take a behind-the-scenes look at our Gatwick Service Centre

Join us on 21 November for a unique insight into DHL Express UK’s Gatwick Service Centre. Our operations tour will include a look at how the parcels are processed and how our couriers prepare for their busy schedule. After the tour, Phil Couchman, DHL Express UK & Ireland CEO, will give an overview of DHL’s £156 million UK investment into our UK infrastructure and how this will help British international traders – and if you join in the International Knowledge Quiz, you also have the chance to win prizes from our sponsorships partners.

To join the event, please email – and for a look at the breadth and depth of our investment projects throughout the UK, visit our investment section on the DHL Guide.


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