Lookign To Export Food & Drink Worldwide

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Hi, I am an internet based company due to launch soon looking to export processed UK foods ie Cereals/Confectionery/Canned Foods/Baby Food including Formula Milk and Ready Made Milk/Pet Food and non alcoholic drinks to expats around the world missing UK foods. Do I need an export licence to do this as I am not manufacturer and the foods are not in its raw state. Please advise. Many thanks M.

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Thank you for your question.

Please could you post some more information on which markets you would like to export to? This will make it easier for the Open to Export community to answer your question.

As you will see on the right hand side of this page, the Food and Drink Federation post useful articles here. They are worth reading to give you some guidance on how to get started.



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Chris Beard, on behalf of AusConnection Pty Ltd in Australia.


I am not sure about the export license, but there are permits required to bring dairy based products into a market such as Australia.

Let me know if I can help further.


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David Mulholland, on behalf of Department for International Trade ( Japan) in British Embassy Tokyo, Japan.


If you are interested to find out the opportunities for you to export Food & Drink products to Japan, please join our upcoming webinar on Thursday 13 February starting at 9:30am UK time.

UKTI Japan's Senior Trade Adviser covering the Food & Drink sector will be joined by Mr Yasuhide Ishikawa, Food & Drink consultant at MIPRO (Manufactured Imports and Investment Promotion Organisation).

You will also have the chance to ask any questions you may have during our live Q&A session after the presentations.

For full details and to sign-up please see:

I hope to see you at the webinar, but if you can't make it please feel free to drop me a line with any inquiries you might have about the Japanese market at: exporttojapan@fco.gov.uk

I hope this is helpful!

Best regards,

David Mulholland

UK Trade & Investment Japan

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Hi 'M',

It sounds like you have an interesting project on your hands!

One of the most important steps for an e-Commerce company to take whilst looking to expand internationally is to translate the website and localise product descriptions.

Capita-TI work with a wide range of international companies, helping them achieve their aims for global expansion.

If you would like to have a chat about this then please feel free to get in touch:
0161 8802 037

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It will be important for you to get the detail right on your web site if you are to gain and keep customers. You will need to decide the terms of delivery - will you include shipping costs, import duty, tax, documentation fees etc? This is usually shown with an INCOterm - see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incoterms In some countries the import duty will be tree of four times the cost of the product to be imported and there will be more taxes to add on top of that.

To find out what import duty, taxes and other formalities apply to your products you need to work out the customs tariff code. Use this site for exporting https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff.
Use this site to look at the import duty, taxes and formalities at destination http://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm

The origin of the products can make a difference to the requirements and taxes - this is not the place the goods are shipped from but the place where they are manufactured plus the place where the raw materials came from.

You will also need to think about freight costs - in many cases the courier fees will be more expensive than the products. Courier companies do have excellent on line tracking.

Packing also needs to be suitable for reasonably rough handling so your packing costs should be factored in.

Happy to help further if you wish or you might like to consider taking a training course to help you understand export. I run public courses if you are interested.


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