An Introduction to Exporting to the Commonwealth

The Commonwealth is a unique group of 53 countries, where English is the shared business language and the legal and financial systems are often similar to their British counterparts. With a combined population of 2.4 billion, the Commonwealth collective offers huge opportunities to British companies of all sizes and sectors. 

Although it is not a trading blob, countries within the Commonwealth share many British business practices, and the 'Commonwealth effect' has shown trade costs are 19% cheaper when trading within the Commonwealth than with non-Commonwealth countries. Therefore, it is unsurprising that trade between member states is estimated to surpass US$1 trillion by 2020. 

Led by the Department for International Trade (DIT) in the East of England, this free seminar will introduce the Commonwealth, discussing the export opportunities available in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and India and the support and funding which companies may be eligible to receive. 

Following the talks, there will be an opportunity to network during lunch. Register your attendance.


09:30 Registration

10:00 What is the Commonwealth and why should you be trading there? Annette Prandzioch, The Royal Commonwealth Society

10:10 Introduction to Department for International Trade; Keith Adams, Department for International Trade

10:20 Exporting to Australia; Andy Thompson, Australian Trade and Investment Commission

10:50 Exporting to New Zealand; Deighton Conder, New Zealand High Commission

11:20 Break

11:45 Exporting to India; Rohit Singh, UK India Business Council 

12:15 Exporting to Canada; Irene Kerrison, Department for International Trade

12:45 Finding Finance for Exporting; Craig Green, UK Export Finance

12:50 Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council; Shreya Jain, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council 

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Close

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