10 UK Export News You Might’ve Missed – Week 16

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Week #16

(Also published on LinkedIn)

In this edition of Export News from Expordite, we’ll cover top 10 UK export news and headlines from week 16 of 2023 – April 17-23, 2023.

General Export News:

1. UK and Oklahoma sign a co-operation and trade memorandum of understanding

“Trade Minister Nigel Huddleston is in Washington to deepen UK-US trade ties and secure two wins that will boost jobs, investment and exports across the Atlantic.

He will open his visit by signing a state-level trade Memorandum of Understanding with Oklahoma, the fourth such agreement between the UK and a US state, before welcoming a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) between UK and US architect regulators.”

Source: GOV.uk


2. UK trade in numbers statistics

“The UK trade in numbers contains the latest published UK trade and investment statistics. It draws on a number of statistical sources including the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Department for International Trade (DIT), and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

UK export market


Source: GOV.uk


3. Exporting organic food from the UK

“To export organic food from the UK:

You may need an export certificate, such as a certificate of inspection (COI), to export organic food. Your control body can tell you when you need an export certificate and how to get one.”

Source: GOV.uk


4. UK Government Minister celebrates success of Wrexham Export Champion

“Wales Office Minister James Davies has been (Thursday 20 April) to a Wrexham firm made one of Wales’s first UK Government Export Champions to hear about how they sell their products across the world.

Air Covers makes protective covers for aircraft, vehicles and marine equipment from their design office and workshop in the city.

The volunteer Export Champions help promote the benefits of exporting and encourage other companies across Wales to consider selling to overseas markets. This will be done through participating in events, sharing their exporting stories with those in their sector, and providing advice to other businesses about how to break into new markets abroad.”

Source: GOV.uk



“Due to scheduled maintenance on the National Export System (NES) WEB Channel, the service will not be available on Wednesday 26th April 2023, from 07:00 to 07:50.

Maintenance work will be performed on the Gateway Authentication service for NES WEB and during this window, starting a new user session with NES WEB will not be possible, However, users logged into NES WEB prior to the maintenance window will be able to continue using NES WEB as normal.

Source: BIFA


Food Export News

6. Benefits of CPTPP for UK food and drink manufacturers

“We have identified five key benefits for UK food and drink manufacturers:

  • It delivers new opportunities to export to Malaysia and Brunei
  • It makes exports to the other nine CPTPP members more competitive
  • It secures improved access to essential imports that enhance our resilience
  • It provides more flexibility for manufacturers to access tariff-free trade
  • It speeds up trade in short shelf life food and drink products”

Source: Food & Drink Federation


7. Further opportunities for UK pork exports to Mexico with CPTPP

“The new agreement will eliminate the ‘most favoured nation’ tariffs of up to 20 per cent – making Mexico a more attractive market for pork exporters in the UK.

Accession to the 11-member strong trade bloc will grant the UK access to the same tariff preferences as other CPTPP members, which exceed the existing bilateral free trade agreement with Mexico.

The UK secured market access for pork to Mexico in 2021 following years of negotiations and inspections led by Defra and the UK Export Certification Partnership (UKECP) and hosted by AHDB, with support from government departments and agencies.”

Source: Farming Online


8. Félix Solís Avantis in blockchain export trial

“Félix Solís Avantis has completed a test shipment using blockchain technology, as it looks to cut through Brexit-related red tape and speed up wine exports to the UK.

The company collaborated with blockchain company Chainvine as well as Fujitsu UK & Ireland to test and develop a new solution, called Atamai Freight.

Through the use of QR codes on trucks and containers that transport the wine, the initiative intends to create “an ecosystem of trust” that allows different government agencies, customers, producers and consumers to access the key information needed through a secure platform.”

Source: DrinksRetailing


9. With work, UK’s newest trade deal could be a welcome shot in the arm for seafood

“It has been a difficult time for most factions of the United Kingdom’s seafood economy, as rising costs and inflation, alongside shrinking consumer wallets, have continued to impact sales, with the volume and value of fish sliding in retail channels.

Although these challenges are likely to persist at least through 2023, seafood and other sectors can experience some relief with the announcement of new trade deals, including the opportunity they provide for market access and more competitively priced products.

More than 99 percent of U.K. goods exports to CPTPP countries will now be eligible for zero tariffs.

Scotland’s salmon sector welcomed the deal, as Scottish salmon comprised more than half of all fish and seafood exports from the country last year. It’s also the United Kingdom’s biggest single food export – out performing bakery goods, chocolate, cheese, cereals, and lamb, with overseas sales of fresh, whole salmon alone amounting to GBP 578 million (USD 719.2 million, EUR 655.6 million). “

Source: SeafoodSoure


10. Welsh companies looking to tackle the French food and drink market

“A selection of Welsh food and drink companies are hoping to strengthen and build ties with prospective partners and investors as they visit Paris, France next week.

France is the second largest export market for Welsh food and drink, and with the Rugby World Cup set to take place there later this year, it is being seen as a great opportunity to be promoting Welsh produce.

The Welsh companies taking part in the Trade Development Visit to Paris includes Cradoc’s Savoury Biscuits, Cwmfarm Charcuterie Products, Hensol Castle Distillery, In the Welsh Wind, Meridian Foods, Sims Foods Limited – SamosaCo and Tŷ Nant.”

Source: Wales247


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