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Market Entry Blog

Trade Horizons’ Market Entry Blog

Our market entry blog covers a range of topics relating to international business expansion. Articles tackle many different subjects, including the initial planning and preparation stages of growing your business, advances in technology you can take advantage of, through to sales & marketing, packaging and branding advice. Written by leading experts in their field, you’ll be sure to find something of interest and real-world practical advice if you are looking to grow your business around the world.

Latest Articles

E-Mobility: Germany Delegation to Visit UK

Trade Horizons is hosting a business delegation of German e-mobility SMEs to the West Midlands. The delegation will meet with British industry to develop relationships between UK companies, expand existing market activities and learn more about the British e-vehicle ecosystem.

14th September 2022|Technology, Trade Mission|

#2 September Update: UK Australia FTA, Ireland’s top 10 foreign investors, Cuba opens, Portugal Golden Visa Changes, Detroit motor revamp

The UK has signed a free trade deal with Australia since leaving the European Union. It was the first free trade deal to be signed. It is expected to increase trade with Australia by 53% boosting the economy by £2.3 billion. Australian exports already support more than 100,000 UK jobs and demand is expected to grow by 30% over the next decade. UK food and drink exports to Australia will be tariff free. Biscuits, whisky, gin and cheese are expected to grow in demand due to high quality UK produce. Australia is already the 8th largest market for UK whisky exports.

#1 September Update: UK blocks licensing transaction, Food FDI down, Roundtripping in India regs, Brazil FDI up, US vs UK Employment, Certification internationalisation, Innovate Alabama

The UK’s National Security and Investment (NSI) Act came into force in January of this year and has since blocked FDI not only to do with transactions but licensing, as in the case of a robotics technology developed by Manchester University and attempted licensing by Beijing Infinite Vision Technology. Business minister Kwasi Karteng issued a final order on the attempt by the Chinese company to license the sensing technology called SCAMP 5 and SCAMP 7 citing security risks. This was the first case of a blocking and did not apply to a transaction but licensing so the legislation has further reaching scope than one might think at first sight. It blocked the licensing stating that the technology could be used in defence applications although the Beijing company said it was to be used for children’s toys.

#5 August Update: Global Chemicals FDI, Algeria analysis, Min tax to hurt US FDI, London global hub, UK International Trade Week.

Investment Monitor says that FDI in the chemical sector is slow to recover after the pandemic with other sectors gaining pace back to pre-pandemic levels faster. The number of chemical projects in Asia Pacific dropped by 27% in 2020 compared to 2019 but regained in 2021, still slightly down on 2019 pre-pandemic levels. Western Europe and Asia-Pacific account for half of global chemical FDI. China overtook US as the leading country to attract inbound investment into chemical projects but UAE is the fastest growing region. Manufacturing sector accounts for two thirds of operations for chemical use.

#4 August Update: Future of supply chain, Developing Countries Trading Scheme, EV reimbursement tax shambles, FDI by country, Lithuania FDI,

Supply chain issues caused by the pandemic touched every area of business and personal lives. GlobalData created the supply chain vulnerability index map showing US as most vulnerable and Germany as least vulnerable. GlobalData is headquartered in the United Kingdom so that should clear up any doubts about independence. The UK is apparently somewhere towards the lower end of vulnerability. Since the pandemic we have seen nations wholesale decoupling their supply chain from China to avoid overreliance on it and a repeat of the troubles during COVID.

#3 August Update: ESG Sustainable FDI, Restrictiveness Index, UK graduate visas, Portuguese speakers, UK R&D startups suffer, Japan startup ecosystem

A new study has shown that projects that mention Environment, Social & Governance are driving FDI at an increasing rate across the globe. Sustainable investing can bring about sustainable development especially in emerging economies. Usually, the result of FDI is a degradation of natural resources or ecosystems. The race to net zero brought about by climate change research resulting in organisations and countries committing to reduce their damage to the atmosphere and environment has accelerated DI as it gives the world a new topic to develop and invest in. GlobalData’s Company Filings Analytics Trends & Signals Q1 2022 report measures mentions of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in FDI projects which was 23% higher in 22Q1 that 21Q4.

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