The Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export and grow into global markets, and also help overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.

Services are provided in over 100 markets throughout the world. They are delivered by:

  • over 1,200 staff outside the UK
  • around 500 staff in our London and Glasgow headquarters
  • around 400 staff based in the English regions

DIT are passionate about what they do. They constantly review their services in light of customer feedback and the impact they offer, which means they’ll vary from time to time.

If you have a comment or complaint about their services, please let them know.

Export services for UK businesses

Every month DIT publish hundreds of new export opportunities from around the world. You can also search for events, trade fairs, missions and webinars.

DIT provide access to a regional network of international trade specialists across the UK which:

  • help businesses acquire the skills, contacts and confidence to start exporting or to break into new markets
  • work closely with a global network of DIT advisers, to ensure UK businesses are given the best advice about exporting to their chosen destinations

DIT also offer programmes for:

  • high value opportunities, to help businesses win large projects overseas
  • e-exporting, to help retailers and brands to sell their products online
  • tradeshow access, providing grants to eligible businesses so they can attend overseas events
  • overseas market introductions, offering tailored research from our network of overseas experts
  • bidding for international aid agency projects

Financial help for exporters

UK Export Finance (UKEF) helps UK exporters:

  • win export contracts by providing attractive financing terms to their buyers
  • fulfil orders by supporting working capital loans
  • get paid by insuring against buyer default

See the full range of services UKEF provides.

Other support for exporters

You can find sources of support for exporters from Exporting is GREAT.

First time exporters may be interested to draw up an export plan using Open to Export, a free advice service for exporters.


View our Chamber Foreign Exchange discounted service here.