Local MP welcomes dedicated UK government hotline for exporters
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed a new dedicated hotline for exporters to access support from the Department for International Trade.
British businesses exporting to Europe will now be able to access one-to-one advice via a new phone and online service launched on 1 October.
Following extensive engagement with businesses, the Department for International Trade (DIT) is making it easier for exporters and those considering exporting to access the information they need to export to the rest of Europe.
From queries around rules of origin, to guidance on recognising professional qualifications and entering new markets, the Export Support Service will provide a single point of contact. It will help exporters navigate a range of complex information simply and quickly.
Europe is a key destination for high-quality UK goods and services. In 2020 alone, the UK exported £288bn worth of goods to Europe - with medicinal and pharmaceutical products, and cars among the top five.
Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid said:
“This is very welcome news from the UK Government, who continue to provide vital support to businesses and exporters as we reopen from the pandemic.
“This hotline will allow businesses to access focused support for exporting to the EU and around the world.
“I have seen first-hand the importance of this support, for example when I helped a constituent export breeding sheep to Georgia.
“I am excited to see more businesses increase their exports as a result of accessing this hotline and other UK Government support.”