Trading overseas

Support to expand into new markets overseas.

We’ve brought together resources that will guide you through the process of setting up your export capability, direct you to sources of help and assistance and let you know what financial support may be available.

Get in touch for advice or support

Get in touch with our Business Growth Service and we can help you find the right support for your business needs. You can call us on 0113 348 1818 or email us for more information.

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Finding new markets and customers through export

If you’re new to exporting and want to know how to start selling goods and services abroad, you should speak to the Department for International Trade, which can help you to develop an export strategy, access training, and conduct market research. The Department for International Trade also has advice for companies looking to grow sales overseas through e-commerce.

You can also get in touch with ExportExchange, which provides a peer-to-peer mentor service for businesses in Leeds City Region to find someone with experience of selling internationally who can share their knowledge with you.

Understanding export rules and regulations

If you’re new to exporting, you may not be familiar with the rules and regulations of overseas trade. To find out about rules and regulations that apply in particular countries, speak to the Enterprise Europe Network. It can give advice and guidance on exporting to the EU and over 30 other countries outside the EU.

The Department for International Trade may also be able to assist in countries where they have a representation, as well as helping you understand if you need an export licence.

Dealing with paperwork and documentation

If you are shipping an order within the EU, the Enterprise Europe Network may be able to help you understand how to complete the relevant documentation. If the order is outside the EU, contact the local Chamber of Commerce in Calderdale, Kirklees & Wakefield or West & North Yorkshire.

The Department for International Trade may also be able to help you develop a future strategy for export and ensure your website is optimised for international sales.

Training and skills for selling overseas

If you are looking to sell overseas and want to train key staff, speak to the Enterprise Europe Network and Department for International Trade, who have complementary networks they can tap into to try to identify suitable partners. You can also contact the LEP Growth Service on 0113 348 1818 to find out what support is available through the Skills Service.

Product development for overseas markets and finding partners

If you are developing products for markets outside the UK, contact the LEP Growth Service on 0113 348 1818 to find out what support is available. Enterprise Europe Network can help companies with new technology that want overseas partners to manufacture under licence or co-operate technically Enterprise Europe Network and Department for International Trade also have international networks of agents, distributors or partners that may be able to help.

Export finance and getting paid

Companies looking to expand overseas may be eligible for grants, advice and other support from Exporting for Growth or UK Export Finance where finance is not available from the private sector.

The Department for International Trade and Enterprise Europe Network can also provide you with information about organised trade missions.

Expanding overseas is not without risk, however to manage and mitigate this risk, you may be eligible for insurance by UK Export Finance, the UK’s export credit agency. You can also find more information from your bank or your local Chamber of Commerce in Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield or West & North Yorkshire.