We are a seasoned exporter of Coal Quality equipment and are looking to export to Japan. Other than Solo grant from UKTI what other support is out there for SME business exporting to Japan for the first time.
We have had market research done and have found a local agent willing to work with us. We are registered with UKTI and Export to Japan, and JETRO.
I am not so sure about funding on this one but there is further support available from the EU Japan office:
they can help you with some paid trip and training out in Japan, an office space and advise in approaching some of their contacts.
you could try speaking with Jessica Michellson:
EU-JAPAN CENTRE for Industrial Cooperation | EU-based office
Rue Marie de Bourgogne 52 | B-1000 Brussels | Belgium | firstname.lastname@example.org | TEL +32 2 282 0043
all the best
We would be delighted to help guide you with expansion into the Japanese market on a logistics and customs procedure level from both a UK export compliance and Japanese import compliance standpoint. We also have reciprocal agents in Japan who we would be able to consult with any questions regarding local legislation and procedures that you may get caught out on as a first time exporter/importer.
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