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.

Find out more…

International Trade News Desk

Latest news and updates from the team

Acclaimed business programme special cohort starts 24th May

Over the course of just four intense half-day sessions and your own offline work, you'll be able to stop, look and listen to your company, identify strategic needs and develop frameworks for growth and resilience
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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

Digital fatigue and international trade

The return of the business travel is another indication of something we all knew: nothing like a face to face meeting to finalise a deal
Read More "Digital fatigue and international trade"

Would you climb a mountain without training?

At International Trade Matters, we have always had a very flexible approach to training because we know that every company is different.
Read More "Would you climb a mountain without training?"

Strictly… Exporting

Success and sustainability in overseas markets can only be achieved if you understand your responsibilities, are in control of your supply chain and your processes and, have the ability and courage to scale.
Read More "Strictly… Exporting"

Healthy eating whilst travelling

You may have noticed that it is quite difficult to eat well on planes, at train stations and motorway services... Here are a few tips on how you can help your body stay well and reduce the effects of jetlag!
Read More "Healthy eating whilst travelling"

Making sense of economic uncertainty

There are many lessons to learn from the rise and fall of economies. Challenges arise and multiply, creating potential for both opportunity and disaster
Read More "Making sense of economic uncertainty"

Compliance Strategy – why it should not be overlooked

Compliance is important for all businesses, large and small, but it can be particularly critical for companies trading globally from Britain
Read More "Compliance Strategy – why it should not be overlooked"

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...

We’ve won contracts with the NHS, MoD, Amazon, Sony and around 1000 other customers.
Global Blueprint Programme client – wearable tech

Global Blueprint Programme client – wearable tech

Alex and I are so grateful (and impressed!) for you sharing your advice and knowledge. We both agree that your advice has literally taken a weight off our shoulders

Mandy Knowles – Unit 20 Ltd

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

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

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

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