Intellectual Property Design Rights in Russia

IP protection in Russia explained by Shelly Pritchard, International Market Platforms and Intellectual Property specialist at International Trade Matters It is essential as a business to do all you can to secure your IP. To safeguard intellectual property against infringement by other businesses and to protect it in the courts your …

International trade challenge and opportunity in the South West

Asked to describe the South West region’s main international challenge and opportunity, Linda Middleton-Jones explains from her perspective: It is established wisdom that for a region or country to be vibrant, progressive and economically strong, it embraces the advantages it has. Certainly, this region has many exciting and natural advantages …

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 …

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 …

Ballast Water Management – Why is it important?

Ballast Water Management – Why is it important? Officer of the Watch examines legislative efforts to avoid disastrous environmental risks posed by ballast water from international shipping The problem: Ships use ballast to control their stability. The ballast can be solid, and historically rocks or iron ingots might have been …

Sterling Facing Critical Week

There’s a perfect storm approaching the pound this week with critical factors affecting Sterling on a collision course. Analysts cite political uncertainty, macroeconomic data and monetary policy as the three main drivers of economy and therefore currency. There isn’t one which is more important than the other and they are …