Commonwealth and Beyond – IOE Global Summit

Commonwealth and Beyond – IOE Global Summit

A beautiful autumnal day in October, the Castle Hotel in Taunton was certainly looking its best.  The venue for the first Institute of Export Global Summit in the South West 'The Commonwealth and Beyond' was perfect.  The South West has a wide range of industries that can be exported from financial services to agritec, advanced engineering to creative design, marine to aviation - representing the wealth of our region. The Commonwealth and Beyond, the theme of the event and representatives from companies and organisations both far and wide came to hear of the opportunities for British goods in the fifty-three countries that are members of the Commonwealth, in Russia and in China.  They heard how Brexit may affect their European contracts and/or relationships and how technological advances will affect change for exporters. The line-up of expert speakers gave the audience valuable information on overseas opportunities for local businesses as well as routes to market through DIT and local providers. Read the IOE article about...
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Piece of Cake

Piece of Cake

Can International trade continue as we know it? Are we really living in an age of uncertainty? What will change, what will remain the same, and where are the opportunities? Recently I was asked to review the legal framework surrounding international trade.  Reminiscent of many years spent studying UK, European, International and Spanish law there was a comfort to the familiar phrases, jurisdictions and structures.  True there have been a few changes – mainly in common law, in a few statutes like the Bribery Act, in the development of our relationship with the EU but, in truth, the framework of international law is familiar, soothing and constant. It allows us to send goods & services to far flung corners of our world.  Trade relationships have developed meaning that our exports attract tariffs or incur VAT when we sell to Europe. We hold a most favoured nation status with the World Trade Organisation meaning that we both provide and receive preferential tariff rates. ...
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