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:

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)

UKTI provides services including:

  • Support and advice from seasoned international trade advisors
  • Programmes to develop your company’s exporting resources, or enter fresh markets as an experienced exporter
  • Arranging overseas visits, as well as putting you in touch with potential business partners
  • International market research specific to your business and sector
  • Access to trade fairs and exhibitions
  • Practical help with language and cultural issues

Lancashire businesses can  contact  the UKTI North West Team for support and advice on 0845 603 7053 or visit at

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