Steel tariffs: the beginnings of a trade war?

Mike Court examines the effect of President Trump’s steel tariffs Most US steel imports come from Canada, Brazil and South Korea. President Trump says the steel problem is of Chinese origin, so what is the connection? In 2005, China produced nearly a third of the world’s steel. By 2017, it …

How do you prepare for the uncertainty of Brexit?

Linda Middleton Jones examines the effect of Brexit on business behaviour and identifies some foundations that we might just be able to rely upon amongst the chaos. Much has been made of the Brexit vote, negotiations and implications. There is a plethora of rhetoric across traditional and social media, often …

How to design for export

For many companies who design and manufacture a physical product the start point is the domestic market, their local customer base. Key factors that influence the design are things like functionality, reliability in service, style and appearance and usually manufacturing cost too. Having worked hard in the home market the …

Plymouth business leaders are planning to visit to the Russian city of Novorossiysk to forge new export opportunities.

From the Plymouth Herald: Representatives from Devon business consultancy International Trade Matters (ITM) and Plymouth-headquartered Devon Chamber of Commerce will be looking to increase trade links with the Black Sea port, twinned with Plymouth since 1956, when they head out east in May 2018. Linda Middleton Jones, managing director of …

AE status – What is it? How does it work?

Approved Exporter (AE) Status Is your business ready to carry out trade with countries that the UK will establish Free Trade Agreements (FTA’S) with after we leave the EU? An Approved Exporter is an exporter who has met certain conditions imposed by the customs authorities and who is allowed to …

House of Commons discussion on food & drink export

International Trade Matters associate, Gary Baylis attends House of Commons discussion on issues facing food & drink exporters Gary recently took part in a Panel Discussion on Challenges for Exporters at the House of Commons, organized by the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) and sponsored by John Stevenson MP. …