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Department for International Trade

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

Their services are provided in over 100 markets throughout the world and 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 responsible for:

  • developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe​

  • developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries

  • negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products)

  • providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment

They 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 thier 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