Support for export businesses

DIT support for UK businesses trading internationally

This support is for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus. It includes:

  • DIT support for UK business trading internationally
  • financial support for business trading internationally

DIT can also support businesses by providing assistance with customs authorities to ensure smooth clearance of their products, offering advice on intellectual property and other issues with business continuity.

British businesses that may face disruption due to the spread of coronavirus can contact DIT’s dedicated business support team by emailing COVID19@trade.gov.uk.

This team will discuss the challenges faced by UK businesses that trade internationally to understand how best the department can support them.

Financial support for exporters

UK Export Finance (UKEF) works with banks and insurance brokers to help companies of all sizes fulfil and get paid for export contracts. It provides guarantees, loans and insurance on behalf of the government that can protect UK exporters facing delayed payments or transit restrictions.

Help from UKEF can be gained if:

  • your business is facing disruption due to late payments, UKEF can help ease cash flow constraints by guaranteeing bank loans through its Export Working Capital Scheme
  • you are concerned about getting paid, UKEF offers an export insurance policy that can help you recover the costs of fulfilling an order that is terminated by events outside your control

UKEF can also support finance for overseas buyers through the Direct Lending Facility scheme, so they can continue to buy your goods and services.

UKEF has over £4bn of capacity to support UK firms exporting to China, as well as significant capacity across other markets affected by coronavirus to help cover these risks.

To find out if UKEF covers your region, email customer.service@ukexportfinance.gov.uk.

Supply chains affected by coronavirus 

If your supply chain has been affected by coronavirus, DIT can help you to find alternative suppliers. The department has relationships with a global network of businesses across the world and will be able to advise you on the options available.

If you have an advisory or professional services firm that can help UK companies to find alternative suppliers, email COVID19@trade.gov.uk with the subject line 'Supply chain support'.