Importing and exporting

Importing and exporting can present exciting new business opportunities, from opening up new markets to sourcing unique or cheaper supplies.

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Importing and exporting - overview

Importing and exporting can present exciting new business opportunities, from opening up new markets to sourcing unique or cheaper supplies.

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Select and negotiate with suppliers

The right suppliers will make a big difference to the cost and quality of your products and services. How to choose suppliers and get the right deal.

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Understand legal issues for exporters

Licensing issues, restrictions, taxes and different product standards can all trip you up when exporting. Our overview of what you need to consider.

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Understand legal issues for importers

Buying from a supplier abroad can bring unique issues, including legal and cultural differences and transport problems. Our guide to the main issues.

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Apply online for an export licence

Apply online for a Standard Individual Export Licence, and find out more information on when you need to apply and the documentation you will need.