Exporting: Transporting Goods Overseas

Exporting: Transporting Goods Overseas

Getting international transport right can be complicated and depends on the agreement you have with your customer or supplier. Your obligations should be clearly set out in a written contract using Incoterms – standard trade terms which state who is responsible for transporting goods, insuring the goods during transportation, paying duties and customs clearance. The best mode of transport for your goods will depend on the type of goods and how quickly they need to be delivered. You may need more than one mode, for example, sending goods by lorry to a port in the UK and then by ship overseas.  In all instances, the goods will need suitable packaging and labelling for transportation. You should clarify in advance who will be responsible for UK customs procedures, for freight and insurance, a... »

Grant helps firms exhibit overseas

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) is doubling the number of grants available to small businesses that want to exhibit at overseas trade shows. At present, the UKTI Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) enables small businesses to apply for three grants during their firm’s lifetime to help them attend overseas trade fairs. But from April 2009, firms can apply for an additional three grants, provided they visit trade shows in more than one country and only apply for one grant per financial year. Grants of £1,000, £1,400 and £1,800 are available to help cover the costs of exhibiting at 400 eligible tradeshows worldwide. Firms can apply for the grants by contacting their regional UKTI International Trade Team or via their industry’s accredited trade organisation. Minister... »

International Business Month Helps SMEs Expanding Abroad

Small-business owners who are considering expanding overseas will be able to get face-to-face advice from experts during UK Trade & Investment’s (UKTI) International Business Month in June. According to UKTI, the month will help new and inexperienced exporters through conferences, seminars, networking events and training days – many of which will be free of charge – at locations nationwide. “International Business Month provides an ideal chance for both new and experienced exporters to explore the many opportunities available in overseas markets and find out about the support on offer through UK Trade & Investment to help them succeed,” said UKTI international trade director David Coppock. “The events we have put together reflect some of the key ... »