Guidance

Selling online overseas with DIT's E-Exporting Programme

The Department for International Trade's (DIT's) E-Exporting Programme helps UK companies export their products via e-commerce.

E-Exporting Programme support

The E-Exporting Programme provides support for UK companies looking to sell their products to international consumers through e-commerce.

The programme provides support to companies of any size which are:

  • new to exporting through e-commerce
  • experienced and looking to expand into new markets

Services provided by the programme

E-Commerce advisers

Our E-Commerce advisers provide one-to-one support, tailored to your specific challenges. They can help with everything from developing an e-commerce strategy and data-driven market research, to internationalising your website.

Marketplace partnerships

DIT has partnered with many global marketplaces to maximise opportunities for UK companies. Online marketplaces accounted for 58% of global e-commerce sales in 2019. These platforms represent a significant opportunity for entering new markets.

Selling online overseas (SOO) tool

The SOO tool can help you:

  • find marketplaces most relevant for your business
  • learn how each marketplace works and what the seller requirements are
  • benefit from special deals we have negotiated on your behalf (including free trial periods and reduced commission rates)

We can also help you:

  • identify the industry partners needed to run your international e-commerce operations
  • get market intelligence and introductions via our overseas DIT networks
  • access ongoing learning opportunities and industry insights through webinars, podcasts and events (delivered with marketplace and industry partners)

Explore and sign up for our e-commerce webinar series

View our library of past webinars

Join DIT’s E-Exporting Programme

You can join the E-Exporting Programme by:

Follow us on Twitter @tradegovuk_ecom for the latest news and updates.

Success stories

Examples of how we have helped UK companies to grow through e-commerce:

Find out more about DIT’s E-Exporting Programme by contacting us at e-exporting@trade.gov.uk.

Partnership news

Latest stories on DIT partnerships in e-commerce:

Further information

Additional guidance on e-commerce and selling overseas:

Published 8 September 2014
Last updated 7 September 2020 + show all updates
  1. Links amended to correctly direct to great.gov.uk

  2. Added links to new selling online overseas tool.

  3. Removal of ECBN information.

  4. Added link to "e-Exporting to Korea - a guide for British companies".

  5. Video link added.

  6. Page updated with new list of e-marketplaces.

  7. Added information on e-marketplace opportunities available to UK companies through UKTI

  8. 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).

  9. First published.