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International Trade Conference Programme 2024

Global Innovation Opportunities

Pathways to Global Innovation and Growth: Innovate UK Business Growth is a key part of the UK innovation agency’s investment in pioneering SME’s that drive economic growth.  The aim is to empower ambitious businesses to achieve their industry and society transforming ambitions through a number of different areas such as innovation management, sourcing finance, investment readiness support, and help to enter new global markets to enable growth and scale.  Learn more about the help available from IUK Business Growth in the area of global collaboration and sourcing of opportunities for companies looking to expand into new territories to help grow and scale.

Japan Global Innovation Forum and Expo 2025: The Japan Desk at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce provides market entry and support services for seeking to trade, identify potential partnerships and strategy agreements, invest or establish a company within Japanese market. With many UK companies’ having shown such a strong interest in dealing with Japan for exporting, importing and collaborative partnerships over the years, and with the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement in place, ongoing opportunities are readily available.


Export Solutions

Marine Insurance: help and solutions and why it is important to take control of your own goods around the world from a cash flow point of view.

Trade Finance: Introduction to Trade Finance and how NatWest can support you on your Export journey.  Short presentation on ways Trade Finance can provide the support required for your business; including tailored short term working capital solutions for trading businesses, ways to mitigate risks, and general support and guidance.  Will overview a number of ways of how NatWest can support you on that journey from a Bank’s perspective

Business Travel: business travel to overseas exhibitions and trade missions, including the e-gates in Europe and the travel permit.


CBAM - UK and EU Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanisms

CBAM has been developed to align trade policies with climate objectives and is poised to reshape the landscape of international commerce. The EU' Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism is the EU's tool to put a "fair price on the carbon emitted" during the production of carbon intensive goods that are entering the EU, and to encourage cleaner industrial production in non-EU countries. By confirming that a price has been paid for the embedded carbon emissions generated on the production of certain goods imported into the EU, the CBAM will ensure the carbon price of imports is equivalent to the carbon price of domestic production.

CBAM is in its transitional phase in the EU and applies to imports of cement, iron, steel, aluminium, fertilisers, electricity, hydrogen. The UK's CBAM is subject to further consultation in 2024 and will apply to imports of aluminium, cement, ceramics, fertilisers, glass, hydrogen, iron and steel.

George Riddell (Trade Strategy Director, EY LLP) will provide an update on the current landscape of EU and UK Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism, an overview of the current and future reporting requirements under the EU’s CBAM regime for UK exporters and practical tips what businesses can be doing now to prepare.


Business Lunch - Keeping Our Shipping Lanes Open and Maintaining Our International Trade and Supply Chains

Our keynote speaker for our business lunch will be Commodore Thomas Knowles from the Royal Navy who will talk about the Navy's role in keeping our shipping lanes open and defending the UK's interests at home and abroad, its work in helping to prevent the Houthi attacks on commercial and naval shipping in the Red Sea and maintaining our international trade and supply chains, which, as we have seen, affect business and lead to raw material shortages, price rises and inflation in the UK when they are interrupted by international conflicts.


Book your place here. Don't miss out on this opportunity to hear from the experts, ask your questions, have private consultations and network with fellow international traders.


The International Trade Conference is supported by:

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Pattesons Glass Ltd
Aa Global
Gold patron
Hatfields Hull
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers
Connexin Live, Hull
Andrew Jackson Solicitors LLP
Gold patron
Streets Chartered Accountants
We are My
SPS Group
University of Hull
Wilkin Chapman LLP