Parliament’s International Trade Committee (ITC) has launched an inquiry into the support for exports provided by the Department for International Trade (DIT).

In particular, the Committee is looking to see if the export services provided are fit for purpose and sufficiently resourced, and if the Government is effectively identifying and resolving market access barriers faced by UK exporters.

MPs are also interested to learn if UK Export Finance (UKEF) provides effective support for companies seeking to export and if the DIT’s “Exporting is GREAT” programme is raising awareness of export opportunities for UK traders.

Committee Chairman Angus Brendan MacNeil said: “Exports are the lifeblood of the UK economy and, in August, the Department published its new export strategy. Regardless of whether the UK has the ability to strike new trade deals around the world after Brexit, promoting and supporting UK exports remains a core task.”

The deadline for written submissions to the inquiry is 21 February 2019 and details of how to get in touch with the ITC can be found at

The Committee is also seeking comments on the extent to which the Department’s support for exporters will need to change in a post-Brexit environment and if there are export promotion services in other countries from which the UK could learn.

“In this inquiry,” Mr MacNeil concluded, “my Committee will examine whether the plans that have been set out in the Government’s strategy provide for sufficient levels of support to UK businesses wishing to export.”

Last reviewed 9 January 2019