International trade

Getting digital trade right will be essential for UK's economic recovery and resilience. The global e-commerce market is worth 27.7 trillion USD. The technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution are turning existing forms of trade on their head & opening up new opportunities for UK tech businesses. We advocate for ambitious digital trade chapters in UK's trade agreements, that build on and go beyond newly established principles of digital trade, including those in the CPTPP, USMCA, DEPA & DEA.

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A vision for UK digital trade policy

techUK's report sets out an ambitious agenda for the UK to shape the future of global digital trade. The UK is one of the world’s most significant tech sectors, receiving £6.3bn of venture capital investment in 2018, and ranking fourth in the world for scaleup investment after US, China and India. To ensure this continued success the UK will need an effective new digital trade strategy. techUK outlines 12 principles to make that shift, across the areas of data, tariffs, intellectual property, regulatory cooperation and trade facilitation.

Read the report

This is an insightful report from techUK as we look to shape our future global digital trade policy. The tech sector in the UK goes from strength to strength, attracting record levels of investment in 2019. We are determined to keep up this momentum and ensure we have the right conditions for it to continue to grow and succeed on a global stage.

Nigel Adams MP

Minister of State, HM Government

Trade forums

techUK has a number of country-specific forums that bring members together to discuss issues and events that may impact their growth within that locality and between the two nations.

UK-India Tech Forum

The forum brings members together to discuss issues and events that may impact their growth in the UK and India and provides an avenue for collective concerns to be aired and discussed with the government as well as for participants to explore emerging opportunities for growth and expanding their business networks.

UK-China Tech Forum

The forum brings members together to discuss issues and events that may impact their growth in the UK and China and provides an avenue for collective concerns to be aired and discussed with the government as well as for participants to explore emerging opportunities for growth and expanding their business networks.

UK-Japan Tech Forum

The forum brings members together to discuss issues and events that may impact their growth in the UK and Japan and provides an avenue for collective concerns to be aired and discussed with the UK government as well as for participants to explore emerging opportunities.

techUK, The Week and CBBC Partnership

 

DIT Launches 11 New Trade Advisory Groups

techUK's Deputy CEO, Antony Walker, joins Tech and Telecoms Trade Advisory Group. 11 new trade advisory groups, covering a range of key sectors, established to provide knowledge and experience and inform UK negotiating position.

Department for International Trade Launches Future Tech Trade Strategy

The new measures to boost digital trade have been announced today by the International Trade Secretary as a response to industry calls for support for UK tech firms.

Oral evidence to House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union

techUK provided evidence to the Lords International Agreements Sub-Committee on UK-US trade negotiations. The Committee wrote to the Secretary of State about issues raised in evidence.

 

techUK gives evidence to the House of Commons International Trade Committee

Sabina Ciofu, Head of EU and Trade Policy at techUK gave oral evidence on the UK trade negotiations agreement with Japan to the International Trade Select Committee. You can read the write-up of the session here.

Latest News

UK secures key services agreement with Switzerland

The UK and Switzerland have secured a far-reaching agreement on services that maintains high quality access for UK service suppliers to the Swiss market. The agreement delivers on the key asks that techUK members called for ahead of the negotiations. It ensures continuity in existing business arrangements and provides a strong basis for what we hope will be an equally ambitious future FTA.

UK strikes Singapore and Vietnam trade deals, start of new era of trade with Asia

techUK welcomes the ambition to sign a Digital Economy Agreement (DEA) with Singapore. This will not only deepen digital trade with Singapore but will also help to strengthen digital trade across the region. This is a great opportunity for the UK and Singapore to join forces in defining a gold standard agreement in digital trade.

UK’s ‘historic’ trade deal with Japan promises advantages to tech industry, says techUK

techUK was among the organisations that have welcome the ‘historic’ trade deal between the UK and Japan that is expected to boost trade by £15bn a year

 

Chatham House Global Trade 2020

Sabina Ciofu, techUK spoke at the Global Trade Conference which brought together leading stakeholders to discuss key developments in global trade and how to create a truly effective and sustainable system(s) of global governance. With keynote address given by the UK Secretary of State for international trade The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP.

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Digital Trade and Services Trade - are they increasingly the same?

Webinar as a part of the Geneva Trade Week with Sally Jones, Trade Strategy Partner, Ernst & Young, Sabina Ciofu, Head of EU and Trade Policy, techUK, Jane Drake-Brockman, Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide & Rebecca Fisher-Lamb, HM Deputy Trade Commissioner for Africa, UK Department for International Trade.

Watch here

 

Groups

The working groups provide business intelligence, networking and event opportunities. Get involved if you are a techUK member.

European Union Exit and Trade Group

The European Union Exit and Trade Group is a forum for determining and delivering techUK’s strategy and policy on the UK's future relationship with the EU, future trade agreements and multilateral forums. The group works closely with other techUK programmes affected by the future relationship and international trade issues, and aims to ensure decision makers are well informed of the importance of delivering a future relationship and international trade strategy that supports the UK tech sector.

Trade and Customs Compliance Group

The Trade and Customs Compliance Group (formerly JETSECC & ITAC) is the policy work forum on export controls, dual-use, defence exports, customs and the rules around international trade.

Get involved

All techUK's work is led by our members - keep in touch or get involved by joining one of the programmes below.

International Policy and Trade

techUK’s International Policy and Trade Programme works with stakeholders across the UK Government as well as with our partners around the globe on representing the tech sector in trade-related matters and seeks to expand opportunities for business growth. Our programme helps businesses access export opportunities in key strategic markets and works with the industry to shape the government’s agenda on trade.

Policy and Public Affairs

techUK's policy and public affairs function makes the case to government and policymakers across Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and the devolved nations on the most pressing issues facing businesses and the tech sector.

Market Access

The techUK Market Access Programme helps members understand, shape, and comply with the increasingly complex array of regulations and laws that underpin international trade. We work with government officials and legal experts to help members understand and shape policy around standards, technical regulations, sanctions, trade policy and export controls, subjects tech firms need to be on top of to trade internationally.