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June 2019

1. Flowers in the Desert - New Opportunities in Iraq

Can you cast your mind back to 2003? Let me jog your memory. Kill Bill was the number one movie that year, the pop charts were dominated by Busted, Girls Aloud and the Black-Eyed Peas, and Den Watts appeared to return from the dead in EastEnders. Read more

2.  Update of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

It is now just over two years since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) came into force.  The obvious question is have we noticed any difference?   Read more

3.  New to Exporting? Where to Start?

Most British businesses don't export.

Why would they? The United Kingdom is the largest 5th largest economy in the world, with 60 million consumers, most with pretty helath disposable incomes by world standards Read More


April 2019

1.  How Can You Cope Without Scope?

In a rapidly changing world, exporters need to fully understand trends in their markets and build their strategy to fit.  Most of us have spent a lot of time and energy at some point, trying to build a market where everything was stacked against us when we could have had more success elsewhere.  Read more 

2.  Export Distribution & Sales Channels

Building the Relationship Within the First 90 days

"If you want to go fast, go alone.  If you want to go far, go together."  African proverb  Read more

3.  Pricing for Export - Finding a Winning Strategy

 This article is based on extracts from the new Strong & Herd Export Development course - Pricing for Export   Read More


March 2019

1.  Life After Brexit 

Remember what it was like before 2016, and people used to talk about other things? It's rumoured you could actually watch an entire news programme and not hear the B word mentioned once.

Well, maybe those heady days will be back before too long. But where will you be? When the arguments and accusations are over, and Brexit in whatever form it takes iws just antoher moment in history, what will the future looki like for your business? Read more


February 2019

1.  You Know What They Say About All Good Things 

Well they don't all have to come to an end but sometimes you have to draw a line. I'm not sure of the international business traveller equivalent of hanging up your boots but it's probably something like 'storing your suitcase', which is probably what I did earlier this year. Travelling has been part of my life for more than 30 years, and I've both savoured its wonder and endured some of its less savoury moments. This year I turned 60, and after the last few years of low energy and low level ill health, I decided to call it a day. I stored my suitcase. Read more

2. What is the UK's role in the world trading system after Brexit? 

The idea of the United Kingdom being a strong advocate of responsible free trade is a very exciting proposition. The UK is a founding member of the free trade movement going back hundreds of years. British people, whatever their view on Europe, are free traders. We are a proponent of the rule of law and rules-based institutions like the World Trade Organization. Read more 

3. The Importance of Cultural Awareness in International Trade

As a trainer for many years, the author habitually opened training seminars for new and aspiring exporters by challenging delegates to identify the main differences between trading on the domestic market and trading with overseas markets. Naturally, issues such as currency, language, distance, trade policy, time zones and standards would be at the forefront of responses but culture was rarely mentioned during initial comments - that is, until relatively recently. Read more 

January 2019 

1.  Trends in International Supply Tenders 

An increased focus on corporate governance, smarter procurement practices and improved transparency has led to a quiet revolution in international tendering practice. It is also possible that, in part, this has been a result of globalisation and the broadened global market place which has increased choice and competition whilst bringing together a plethora of new trading partnerships. Read more 

2.   Are You Declaring Your Dangerous Goods? 

Dangerous Goods are all around us. We all have bottles of oven cleaner, bleaches, matches, firelighters, lithium batteries, nail polish remover, first aid kits in our houses. These articles individually are generally not hazardous but when shipped in bulk can be capable of posing a hazard to health, safety, property and the environment. Read more

December 2018

1.  Is International Trade Facilitation Working?

The quick answer to this question is 'probably not'. If it were working we would stop taking about it and would not need protocols such as the World Trade Organisation Trade Facilitation Agreement. One of the few things the author remembers of Latin from distant school days is that the word 'facilitation' is derived from 'to make something easy'. Readers are likely to agree that importing and exporting are, by no stretch of the imagination, easy! Read more 

2. Article 218: The Next Steps 

The triggering of Article 50 of the TFEU meant the UK could begin to negotiate an exit deal but it does not cover the negotiations required to set up a new future trading relationship. So, once the deal has been finalised the Brexit negotiations will move to another part of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union - Article 218. Read more

3. The Concept of Globally Networked Customs 

The concept of information sharing does not always sit comfortably between sovereign nations. Possibly the strangest element of the '5 Eyes', the five nations with an agreement to share intelligence information, is that, globally there are indeed only five such countries. Whilst the prime focus of national customs authorieis is to 'facilitate legitimate trade' this phrase, itself, rightly suggests a corresponding responsiblity to identify illegitmate trade.  Read more

4. Regional Integration in Africa: The Opportunities 

Around five years ago the author delivered a series of workshops in each of the major Regional Economic Communities in Africa - the East Africa Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).  Read more

5. Brexit: Supply Chain Awareness 

It is vitally important business understand their supply chain today because, whatever the outcomes of negotiations, there will be changes to navigate including some opportunities for optimising the ways you manage your supply chains. 

It appeared that the Chequer's Agreement on the 6th July 2018 of a "third way" would support a shift in the UK Government position as the core of this proposal is the establishment by the UK and the EU of a free trade area for goods but this is still only a proposal.  Read more


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