In October 2021, the Department for International Trade launched a new service for UK businesses. The Export Support Service is a free helpline and online service where you can get answers to practical questions about exporting to Europe. The service is a ‘one-stop shop’ and brings together UK government information, making it easier for exporters to access GOV.UK guidance on exporting products and services to Europe. You can access the service for free no matter the size of your business or which part of the UK you are based.
The Export Support Service will initially focus on questions businesses have about trading with Europe but may expand to cover more global markets in the future. You can find support and information about exporting to countries outside of Europe at www.great.gov.uk.
Funding for export
The Internationalisation Fund is now open for businesses in England. This is a match funding grant (up to £9,000) to support UK businesses with their market research and trade fair funding where TAP grants are not available.
A commercial invoice is the most important part of your export documentation and is recognised worldwide. Check your commercial invoice against your customs declaration, if this does not match you could face delays or fines. When describing your goods, you must avoid being too vague or too short, again this could cause delays at Customs. For more advice, download our Trading After Brexit resource or read the UPS How-to Guide.