Export ‘one-stop-shop’ launched by Department for International Trade
The Department for International Trade (“DIT”) have launched a hotline and online service to provide advice on exporting to the EU.
There can be no doubt that businesses, both large and small, have experienced difficulties in adapting to the rules and requirements to export their products to the EU post Brexit. Last year the UK exported £288 billion of goods to the EU. This year some businesses have been reluctant to continue exporting to the EU due to additional paperwork and increased costs.
In response, and to assist UK businesses, the Department for International Trade (“DIT”) have launched a hotline and online service which is equipped to provide advice on exporting to the EU. The service brings together all UK government information into a centralised area making it easier for exporters to access guidance and support.
The service aims to provide advice on:
- exporting to new markets
- paperwork needed to sell goods abroad
- rules for a specific country where a UK business may want to export; and
- the rules of origin.
Minister of State at the Cabinet Office Lord Frost said “We are continuing to support businesses across the UK to unlock trading opportunities with Europe and beyond. By launching this new online service, we’re equipping companies up and down the country with the support and tools they need in one place to successfully export their products – ensuring that the best of British goods and services can reach European towns and cities”.
This move by the DIT has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses and the CBI. A link to the service can be found on the Governments' export support webpage and we at Weightmans are also able to advise on your business needs and any supply chain issues.