Global Business Expertise


International Trade Training

courses, workshops and masterclasses delivered by international trade specialists


Customs Compliance

Documentation, systems and processes for import & export


Global Business Development

Access new markets, research and embrace new opportunities

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Unlock Your Global Potential

There’s never been a better time to maximise your business opportunities with expert training, guidance and consultancy in all areas of import, export and international trade from a team of specialists with decades of experience across myriad industry sectors and geographic regions.

Training & Course Programmes

Whether you’re just starting your journey, ready to launch or already trading overseas, our specialists are able to help you assess your processes and provide expertise to make exporting go as smoothly as possible.

With a catalogue of British-Chambers-of-Commerce Acredited courses, additional topics and bespoke options, we have a broad range of great value training packages to give you and your staff the skills to succeed on an international platform.

Delivery for many courses is currently online, with in-person events available where and when possible.

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International Trade News Desk

Latest news and updates from the team

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EU Transition Somerset: Charting new territory The publication reports on the outcomes...
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A review service for your import/export documents

International Trade Matters Ltd provides quick and easy, one-to-one assistance to help make sure you're on the right track, starting at just £75 (+VAT) for a document review.
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Embedded global trade expertise for your business

Your Export Manager programme is tailored carefully to your needs and objectives and is delivered from as little as one day a month by our trade experts
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Compliance, documentation and standards

Your product or service may be ready to export, and your market may be ready to receive…

…but are you ready to process and ship orders?

Are you importing products or looking to source from overseas?

Maybe you’ve been trading successfully with European countries for years, but are now faced with new documentation requirements. Can you prove UK Origin? Do you know your HS codes?

Learn more about compliance…

International Trade Articles

Topical wisdom and discussion from our esteemed specialists and guest writers

EU VAT obligations for eCommerce sellers explained – and what you need to do

Exports are zero rated for VAT so there is generally no need to charge VAT on your export sales. However, when the goods arrive at the border in your overseas market, import VAT becomes due.
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Understanding trade remedies is essential after Brexit

One of the lesser-known consequences of Brexit is that the UK is now responsible for dealing with dumped and unfairly subsidised imports by undertaking trade remedies investigations
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What are export licensing controls?

International Trade Compliance Specialist, Mike Court explains some of the important considerations behind export licensing controls.
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Importing problems on the horizon for 1st July?

Postponed VAT, Delayed Declarations and Duties could be cause for concern in the second half of 2021 for UK importers
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Overseas Business Development

Develop trade opportunities, research and analyse potential markets, organise delegations and gain introductions.

Specialists are on-hand to provide expertise from the early stages of Market Research, and Strategy Development through to the identification of Agents & Distributors, development of International PR and Marketing, alongside Regional and Industry Speciific guidance.

This wealth of experience, combined with access to a number of key trade organisations and services allows you to build international trading relationships to grow your business.

Start growing your overseas business…

Partners, Affiliates & Associations

International Trade Matters Ltd is pleased to work with a broad range of industry bodies and complementary service providers to deliver global trade support to businesses throughout the South West and beyond.

International Trade Matters Ltd

Whether you’re starting out as an importer/exporter, growing your exporting business, or trying to overcome specific challenges, International Trade Matters Ltd can help.


With decades of experience in developing and facilitating business all over the world, our experts provide training, mentoring, audits and bespoke packages. From a half-day course on customs documentation or a thorough inspection of your procedures, through to services like “Export Manager” (an embedded international trade manager workin within your business), you will find a service available at the level you require, and if we don’t do it, we probably know someone who does!


International Trade Matters works with Local Authorities, British Chambers of Commerce, Government Bodies (such as DIT) and Instutitions, as well as numerous partner organisations providing important trade services including Logistics, Translations and Recruitment


Read on and meet our team to discover how we can help you, whether you’re a British company wishing to trade with other countries, or an overseas company hoping to build relationships in the UK!


What people say about International Trade Matters...

You have been invaluable and put us onto people who have been most helpful and given good advice.
Rebecca Osborne – Green Resource Engineering

Rebecca Osborne – Green Resource Engineering

I can not overemphasize the importance of creating a standard quotation template that clearly and concisely covers and addresses all aspects of a potential sale - from products, Incoterms, taxes, duties, through to legal jurisdiction, payment terms and currency, etc
Jon Small – Sharp & Tappin Technology Ltd

Jon Small – Sharp & Tappin Technology Ltd

I implemented most of your recommendations from our meetings and now have a scalable business ready to take advantage of the quickly changing demands.
Peter Harrison – Ocean Footprint Ltd

Peter Harrison – Ocean Footprint Ltd

For me understanding Incoterms was something new and learning about trade agreements. It was good that I could point out areas that needed to be recorded for the business to make decisions on after the meeting.

Course attendee

This is a very complex area to cover, and the best part of the course was the personal service given by Mike and Frances. ITM is a great company to work with and go the extra mile when you need them to. 

Online training delegate

Comprehensive training in all I need to participate more fully in Customs-related activities within the workplace. And it's always good to learn new stuff. 

Online training recipient