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

Through a range of unique services, including participation in outward missions and provision of bespoke market intelligence, DIT can help you to grow your business in international markets.

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

Our 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

We are passionate about what we do. That’s why we constantly review our services in light of customer feedback and the impact they offer, which means they’ll vary from time to time.


We 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 our global network of UKTI advisers, to ensure UK businesses are given the best advice about exporting to their chosen destinations

We 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
  • Customs and VAT Training for Exporters: A key element of the export process is dealing efficiently with customs and VAT issues, and keeping records. HM Revenue & Customs, in partnership with DIT, have developed some online training materials to guide you through the process. These online training materials can be followed at your own pace. They also provide links to other useful information. HMRC classifies the export of goods based on export destination. If the goods are being sent within the EU, they are classed as dispatches. If they are being sent outside the EU, they are known as exports.

Other support for exporters

You can find sources of support for exporters from Exporting is GREAT. First time exporters may be interested to:


1 Victoria Street



020 7215 5000


Malcolm Brabon

Head of Services

Kerry Kyriacou

Growth Hub Manager

Ryan Davies

Account Manager

Andrew Dennis

Account Manager

Grant Baker

Account Manager

Jane West

Business Support Navigator

Amanda Geel

Growth Grant Manager

Marsha Robert

Growth Grant Project Manager

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