UK opens talks for a Mexico 2.0 trade deal

25 May 2022

International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan has launched negotiations on a new UK–Mexico Free Trade Agreement (FTA) which would, she said, transform the UK’s relationship with the world’s 16th biggest economy.

UK food and drink exports driving economic growth

24 May 2022

Food and drink exports across the UK are recovering from the challenges of the pandemic with manufacturers taking advantage of new trading relationships across the world, according to research by the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).

Unusual outbreak sees cases of rare monkeypox infection in UK

23 May 2022

Mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa, and first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1970, monkeypox has suddenly appeared in 14 countries with, for the first time, the virus being found in people with no clear connection to the usual countries of origin.

European road freight rates index hits new record

20 May 2022

The road freight rates index for Europe, produced by Upply and the International Road Transport Union (IRU), hit an all-time high in the first quarter (Q1) of 2022 as rising cost pressures, supply and capacity disruptions, regulatory change and war in Ukraine created, “a potent mix of rate drivers”.

Now Wales plans to set up a Freeport

19 May 2022

Following previous reports of Freeports to be established in England and Scotland (see Confirming regulations and maps of Freeports published and Government invites bids for Green Freeports in Scotland), details have now been announced of a £26 million deal to create one in Wales.

Chambers’ cautious welcome for small increase in UK exports

13 May 2022

The latest trade report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) notes that total UK exports of goods, excluding precious metals, increased by £0.6 billion (2.1%) in March 2022, driven by a £0.4 billion (2.6%) increase in exports to non-EU countries, while exports to EU countries increased by £0.3 billion (1.7%).