International Trade

Lancashire has a proud international heritage with many of our companies exporting to every continent.

There are lots of reasons why the county’s businesses benefit from exporting. Government statistics show that companies that export also perform better at home. On average, productivity increases by 34% in the first year of exporting and firms that export are 12% more likely to prosper in difficult times.

The North West is the biggest exporter in the UK outside London and the South East, while Lancashire is the second largest area in the North West. So the county plays a critical role in the region’s export drive.

Europe and the US will always be major markets for Lancashire companies, but the BRIC markets (Brazil, Russia, India and China) and MINT economies (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey) represent huge opportunities. 

China is already the region's third biggest market – so we're well placed here in Lancashire to take advantage of this seismic swing in the balance of world trade. 

Expert international advice

Because of the county’s strong exporting credentials, there is strong professional support available to companies exporting, such as:

The Department for International Trade

Exporting is greatThe Department for International Trade (DIT) North West International Trade Team supports small to medium businesses (SMEs) in Lancashire to develop their international sales.

They help first time or experienced exporters enter new markets.

Their International Trade Advisers (ITAs) provide support to businesses through services tailored to their needs.

This includes:

  • Tailored information about overseas markets
  • Access major buyers, governments and supply chains overseas
  • Opportunity  to join market visits
  • Support and advice as a first time exporter

DIT North West also has access to a range of partners who complement their services so that you can be sure that you will receive the right assistance, at the right time.

They further have details of the events for different markets and sectors, and their trade mission programme. Uniquely to the North West, they also have export champions, who have volunteered to give up some of their valuable time to inspire and support other exporters.

For more information contact DIT North West


Telephone 0333 320 0392

East Lancashire Chamber International Trade Club

The East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce provides a range of business support services for the business community, with specific emphasis on tapping in to new markets, increasing sales and reducing costs. Your International Trade Team at the Chamber has extensive and successful experience over many years to support and raise the international competiveness of your business. 

To find out more visit or call 01254 356400 or email

North and Western Lancashire Chamber International Trade

The chamber’s experienced advisers discuss all areas of international trade, including: services and language training; overseas credit searches and references; methods of payment; transport and customs & excise; and export documentation.

In addition the chamber operates networking activities with other businesses in the area, through the International Trade Network.

To find out more call 01772 653 000 or email