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IoD London International Trade SIG

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What are three priorities for the SIG?

The International Trade SIG aims to promote both inward investment and exports and built an active community to provide mutual support and advice. Since being formed we have held events on the business benefits of international trade, the impact of COVID 19 on the international supply chain. We have also held country briefings on Japan Mauritius, Poland and Portugal.

The three priorities we have identified for the short to medium term are:1. Shaping the new relationship with the EU, some of the topics we hope to cover include:

a. Documentation requirements for imports and exports.

b. The impact of VAT and Customer returns for e-tailers.

c. Data Sharing / Processing rules.

d. Do I need an EU entity?

e. What are the benefits of a Northern Ireland entity?

f. Country of origin rules.

2. Finding growth opportunities in new markets


b. USA.

c. Commonwealth Opportunities, Australasia, Canada, India etc.

d. How to leverage the new UK Free Ports.

3. What is the new business as usual?

a. International Travel – do we need it?

b. The future of international conference and exhibitions.

c. How to maximise support from the DIT? 

How can members participate or contribute?

For those of you interested in contributing to IoD Central London's International Special Interest Group please contact me. I am available on LinkedIn:

We are always looking for volunteers to develop the direction and objectives of the SIG, help organise events, write thought leadership blogs and provide policy input to HQ.

Please join our WhatsApp group where you can ask questions or provide assistance to other members of the SIG.