A new online tool has been launched by the Department for International Trade (DIT) which will allow British business to report issues preventing them from trading around the world.

Barriers include, for example, unnecessary, legal, regulatory or administrative requirements, labelling restrictions and out-of-date regulations. Firms will now be able to flag these issues so that the DIT’s trade experts can work with countries around the world to resolve them.

The Department will also collect feedback to improve the service offered to businesses.

Market access barriers make British exports less competitive than locally produced goods and services. In some cases, they can prohibit imports entirely. A study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) suggests all G20 economies could see increased exports by more than 20% in the long term, if trade barriers were halved globally.

International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss said: “Opening up new markets for British businesses is a top priority and the Department for International Trade has 1000 people located around the world to help create more opportunities than ever before. In the last 12 months, we’ve secured wins to sell beef to Japan, langoustines to China and pork to Taiwan — just to name a few.”

DIT has also been able to lift the ban on exports of products containing beef in Mexico and to reduce restrictions on vodka exports to Canada, she went on.

The new tool, available at www.great.gov.uk, includes details of how to contact the relevant British embassy in the event of a particularly urgent problem.

Last reviewed 10 September 2019