Articles and guides on importing for UK SMEs. Topics covered include: negotiating terms of trade, handling customs, transportation and logistics, tariffs, taxes, and import duties.

International Business

Businesses profit from trading internationally

Three quarters of UK companies doing some form of business internationally say going global has made their business more profitable, research finds.


Things to consider when using international business suppliers

If you need to import services or products from abroad, there are a number of considerations you need to make before starting. Here are some of them.

Export & Import

Tracking and monitoring imports and exports

Jean Grant, purchasing manager of Find Me A Gift, discusses how to track and monitor your import and export goods.

Business management

How to demand more from your suppliers without damaging relationships

Pedro Paulo, CEO of e-procurement company Gatewit, gives tips on getting the most from your suppliers.

Finding and selling to customers

Interview with David Strang of toy company Wicked Vision

David Strang's boomerang and toy company Wicked Vision has soared since he first launched it ten years ago.

Business management

Make importing work for you

Handled well, importing can make a significant contribution to business success. For some businesses, using overseas suppliers is a key part of controlling costs. Others have built their whole business on the unique products importing allows them to provide.


VAT and imported products

If you are importing some VAT-rated products in from the EU, but your turnover is less than VAT registration level, find out whether you have to pay duty.

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Why you need a business bank account

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5 things every small business owner needs to know before starting

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Business management

How to create good cashflow habits

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Business Technology

How to keep your small business safe online

Here's how Security Service Edge from Vodafone can help to protect your SME from ever-increasing cyber threats