Useful tips and information if you’re looking to start trading abroad

Whether you're starting an import export business, or your existing business is ready to expand overseas, this guide provides insights on some things to consider when starting to export.

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These resources may provide further useful information on exporting overseas

We’ve listed resources that might be of interest to you below, but please note this is not advice or a recommendation. There may be other options available to you and it’s important that you do your own independent research.

Trade finance

With our expertise in global trade finance, we could help you by improving your cash flow, and gaining control over your imports and exports. See the trade finance options that could be available to you.

See our trade finance options

Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade also has a lot of useful content for businesses looking to access new markets abroad.

Brexit support

We are currently in a transition period for leaving the EU which will last until the end of 2020. There are actions that you can take now to prepare your business which do not depend on negotiations.


Useful links

Local Chambers of Commerce

Institute of Export and International Trade

NatWest Business Builder Facebook community

Business Hub


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