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Call for Evidence

Export opportunities

Please note - this inquiry is currently paused until the Government brings a motion to the House indicating how changes will be made to Committees as a consequence of the changes to Government departments.


The Committee is asking for written evidence (which addresses the terms of reference below) to be submitted through the Committee’s web portal by 12pm on Friday 24 March 2023.

Terms of reference 

  • What is the current situation for UK businesses exporting to: the EU; non-EU countries the UK has a trade agreement with; and countries the UK does not have a trade agreement with?
  • What are the key barriers to exporting from the UK to the rest of the world, and how can these most effectively be addressed?
  • How effective are Department for International Trade initiatives for supporting exporters, including the GREAT website, Export Academy, Clean Growth Export Programme, and the Internationalisation Fund?
  • How effective is the support offered by the Government’s International Trade Advisers, UK Export Finance and in-country teams based in UK Embassies and High Commissions abroad?
  • To what extent do the UK’s pavilions at world expos (such as that in Dubai in 2022) help to provide opportunities for exporters?
  • How does the support for exporters offered by the UK Government compare with that of other countries and what could the UK Governmentlearn and adopt from them?
  • What opportunities do free trade agreements (FTAs) offer for exporters, how can they exploit them, and what, if any, support do they need to do so?


It is recommended that all submitters familiarise themselves with the Guidance on giving evidence to a Select Committee of the House of Commons which outlines particulars of word count, format, document size, and content restrictions. 

This call for written evidence has now closed.

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