The Department for International Trade's (DIT's) E-Exporting Programme helps UK retailers and brands export their products overseas via e-commerce.
DIT’s E-Exporting Programme aims to help UK companies sell their products or services to millions of global consumers and grow their business through online exports.
UK brands like Alice’s Pig, Comvita, Johnstons of Elgin and Nature’s Own are already taking advantage of the huge opportunities available through online exporting.
UK company Quality Bearings Online won a Transatlantic Trade Award after taking part in the programme.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about DIT’s E-Exporting Programme.
Why sell online?
Opportunities for online sales are huge and growing. By selling online UK companies can:
- find new customers in overseas markets
- do business 24/7
- build brand awareness
- access new markets in a low cost way
- monitor real time sales and use data to make informed business decisions
Why join DIT’s E-Exporting Programme?
DIT’s E-Exporting Programme helps UK companies who are:
- new to selling online
- already selling online, but need help with specific issues
- experienced in online sales, but are looking to sell on multiple platforms globally
The programme enables you to:
- arrange a free meeting through your local DIT office to get expert international trade advice and support
- meet a DIT e-commerce adviser where relevant to help develop and implement an international e-commerce strategy
- set up on e-marketplaces and identify new e-marketplaces around the world to sell through with our ‘Selling online overseas’ tool
- access better than commercial rates to list on some e-marketplaces, including lower commission fees and ‘try for free’ periods
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Selling through multiple channels
Managing e-commerce across multiple platforms can be challenging. Before considering taking a multiple platform approach you should determine which partner is likely to be most suitable by looking at your:
- current sales volume
- capacity for growth
Platform integration companies can link your product to global e-marketplaces using software enabling you to sell into multiple sales channels. A number of companies operate in this area.
E-marketplace opportunities for UK retailers and brands
An e-marketplace is an online location that provides a platform for retailers of all sizes to do business through e-commerce.
DIT works with many of the world’s major e-marketplaces. Under certain circumstances, preferential rates for UK companies wanting to list on a platform have been negotiated. You can view which platforms have a discount in place for DIT clients by taking a look at our selling online overseas tool.
How to join DIT’s E-Exporting Programme
Arrange a free meeting through your local local DIT office to get expert international trade advice and support
Email us at email@example.com.
Are you an online marketplace? If you would like to work with DIT to on-board UK sellers and raise awareness for UK products overseas, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch videos which give guidance on e-commerce, exporting online and selling on specific e-marketplaces.
Find out how retailers have increased their export capabilities by selling online:
- Hello Baby’s rapid online growth
- York bag retailer goes global via e-commerce
- Online marketplaces propel FreestyleXtreme
- Tangle Teezer sells overseas with UK government support
- UK government helps Craft Buddy with new export strategy to take business global
- Online exporting package launched to help British businesses ‘sell while they sleep’
- ‘Beyond e-commerce to everywhere-commerce’
- ‘Exporting in the digital age: Helping UK retailers to succeed globally’
- How to increase your online sales with social commerce
- e-Exporting to Korea - a guide for British companies
Published: 8 September 2014
Updated: 2 December 2016
- Added links to new selling online overseas tool.
- Removal of ECBN information.
- Added link to "e-Exporting to Korea - a guide for British companies".
- Video link added.
- Page updated with new list of e-marketplaces.
- Added information on e-marketplace opportunities available to UK companies through UKTI
- Includes information on UKTI's negotiated discounted rates for UK retailers and brands to list their products on some of the world’s major e-commerce platforms and e-marketplaces. These include Amazon (US), Mercado Libre (Latin America) and Alibaba (China).
- First published.