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The UK have secured a free trade agreement with Japan: the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement. This is the UK’s first major deal as an independent trading nation and is set to increase trade between the countries by around £15.2 billion. Not only will it generate significant income for the UK, but it also provides […]

The Department of International Trade announced that there will be a new board of senior advisory figures to the Board of Trade. The Board members are set to meet quarterly using their influence to help the government make a stronger global consensus for free trade. Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss said: “The […]

International Trade Secretary Liz Truss has launched 11 new trade advisory groups, covering a range of key sectors, as part of a major new business engagement drive. As trade talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand intensify, Liz Truss is stepping up engagement across Britain to gain technical and strategic business insights. Secretary […]

On 8 July, the Prime Minister nominated former International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox for the position as the next Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Dr Fox has pledged that women will make up at least half of his senior leadership team if he is appointed as the next Director General: “There […]

The UK Government recently published their 2021 Border Operating Model, which comes with a £705m investment in support of the UK Government’s initiative to create “the world’s most effective border” by 2025. Though many questions remain on post-Brexit trade, we’re starting to see details emerge about how the future will look for importers and exporters. […]

The UK Customs Academy reported a three-fold increase in bookings in July, with a total of 328 courses booked – up from 89 in June. Developed at the request of the HMRC, the Academy supports the development of a robust and sustainable customs sector of the future by preparing UK businesses for new customs rules […]

To help support the most vulnerable families in the UK, The Duchess of Cambridge has brought together nineteen British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide. Baby banks aim to support and empower families by ensuring every child has the essential items they need to thrive. […]

Following on from the signing of the Terms of Reference for the Indonesia/UK Joint Trade Review in October 2019, this month the Department for International Trade and the Indonesian Ministry of Trade held a second round of discussions virtually. Excellent progress was made at the meeting, with discussions covering a wide range of sectors exploring […]

Over the course of the pandemic the global e-commerce market has increased significantly. We’re inviting you to attend a webinar on ‘Realising your global e-commerce potential’, Tuesday 28 July 2020 with some of our e-commerce experts. Topics will include global e-commerce trends, how to determine your global opportunity and solutions for you and your online […]

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