Exporting means more sales and higher profits. But careful planning and preparation are essential to gaining a competitive edge. We'll work with you on a one-to-one basis to tailor support to your specific needs, linking into the Export Support Programme.

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Why Export?

Exporting can transform your business. Obvious benefits are more sales and greater profits – but trading internationally gives you many other competitive advantages. Responding to challenging markets brings greater flexibility, creativity and innovation, increased efficiencies, extended product life cycles, and risk is spread across several markets. Careful preparation is needed though. Ask yourself, am I geared up for a bigger market? Which should I tackle first? Are my products or services ready? Do I have the resources, and the 'know-how'? And what about shipping, regulations, taxes and import laws and so on?

Welsh Food and Drinks Exports Statistics 2018

The value of Food & Drink Exports in Wales for 2018 was £539m (up £10m or +2% in comparison with 2017).

The top Welsh Food & Drink Exports for 2018 were "Meat and meat products", which accounted for 26% of the value of all Welsh Food and Drink Exports.

Further information is available in the 2018 Annual Food and Drink Export Bulletin.


Support to Export

Through our International Trade Development (ITD) programme we will work one-to-one with you to develop for example, your export strategy - select the market that is best for you, define your route to market, examine financial considerations, export procedures, regulations and logistics.

International Trade Development (ITD) programme

Our International Trade Opportunities (ITO) programme opens up opportunities in your chosen market, navigating through different languages and cultures. Our global contacts help you connect with partners or customers, and experts who speak the language, advise on local trading conditions and regulations, and find potential customers, agents or distributors. They will also fix face-to-face meetings and accompany you.

International Trade Opportunities (ITO) programme

If you want to make targeted visits to identified business contacts or to trade exhibitions to establish market presence or to secure contracts and develop further opportunities, you can apply for grant funding support through the                                           

Overseas Business Development Visit (OBDV) grant.

We can help you to reach your market in a number of ways. You could take part, in one or more of our series of organised Food and Drink Wales pavilions at targeted global trade-shows, which enable businesses to showcase their products and services on the world stage.  

See our current Events Programme

You could join one or more of the many targeted Trade Development Visits we run each year. Our visits provide opportunities for you to engage in discussions with potential agents, distributors and new customers, and our choice of destinations reflects current international developments, to give you the best possible chance of finding new business.



More help from international trade bodies

Organisations like UK the Department for International Trade (DIT) and the Food & Drink Exporters Association (FDEA) provide extra help to ensure success for businesses in global markets. DIT provides a free worldwide export leads service and a monthly online update of business opportunities in more than 100 global markets, and FDEA is a dedicated trade body whose membership of like-minded exporters share the benefits of extensive international business development experience.