20/20 vision for 2020

Bibby’s have recently teamed up with International Trade Matters Ltd to gauge the aspirations of South West businesses for future international trade through a series of Blue Sky dinners. Leaders across sectors and industry were invited to a select evening in Taunton to discuss what the future could or should …

Trading in China – The Importance of Intellectual Property Protection & Appropriate Agreements

International Market Platforms and Intellectual Property specialist, Shelly Pritchard takes a look at the steps businesses can take to protect IP when outsourcing manufacturing to China… Intellectual property is an established concern for those businesses operating or considering operating in China. Fear regarding the enforcement of IP is a factor …

AEO Certification, the “first line of defence” in customs compliance activity

Guest article by Marius Gaiță Customs Operations &Compliance Manager – EUROCCOPER, Founding Member – AEO FORUM The term “customs compliance” is used in various official documents drafted by some of the most important international institutions, such as: The World Customs Organization, or the World Trade Organization. In spite of this, a precise definition of the term is currently …

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 …

What if my company wasn’t “born-global”?

Is your company predominantly trading domestically?  Don’t fit into the category of “born-global”?  Not to worry – global trading is about attitude, not connections, or skills, or knowledge or, perhaps, even strategy. That doesn’t mean you don’t need a good many of these to successfully trade globally.  But attitude may …