Brexit Support Fund £2000 Grant

HMRC is offering UK companies up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice, if your UK business has up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/grants-to-help-small-and-medium-sized-businesses-new-to-importing-or-exporting

What you’ll be able to use the grant for

You can use the grant for training on:

  • how to complete customs declarations
  • how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems
  • specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin

It can be used to help you get professional advice so your business can meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.

Who will be able to apply

Your business must:

  • be established in the UK
  • have been established in the UK for at least 12 months before submitting the application, or currently hold Authorised Economic Operator status
  • not have previously failed to meet its tax or customs obligations
  • have no more than 500 employees
  • have no more than £100 million turnover
  • import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or moves goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Your business must also either:

  • complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods
  • use someone else to complete import or export declarations but requires additional capability internally to effectively import or export (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)

How to apply

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is administering the grants for HMRC.

Applications will close on 30 June 2021 or earlier if all funding is allocated before this date.

Apply online through PwC.

Product Ideas to Import and Sell in 2021

Occasionally we’re contacted by manufacturers and sellers from around the word, showcasing their products. Some of these certainly look interesting and like they have some great potential. With the right agent, perhaps there could be some excellent opportunity for strong sales and great profits to be made.

We’ll add products that we believe may have some potential to this page so you can research them and decide for yourself if they might be your cup of tea.

You’ll need to make sure your negotiation skills are ready for the job, so be sure you know how to enter into your negotiations.

DISCLAIMER: We have no interest, financial or otherwise in the products listed. We do not have any product knowledge other than the descriptions below, nor any affiliation. Research products for your own purposes.

If you would like more information on any of these products, please contact us and we will provide contact details.

Eco-Friendly Grass Drinking Straws from Vietnam

A Vietnamese supplier of eco-friendly products (both disposable and re-usable) such as drinking grass straws and tableware from coconut shells/woods.

Grass straws are great alternative to single use plastic and are:

  • 100% natural (no preservatives, chemicals, dyes, pesticides, etc…)
  • Single-use
  • Bio-degradable
  • Do not go going soggy and keeps shape well and can last for the whole day in both hot and cold drinks
  • Vegan and Gluten free
  • Easy to drink from

With plastic straws causing some many problems in our oceans and environment, public attitude is changing. Grass straws combined with other, eco-friendly products to form a strong range of products. Perhaps you can source eco-friendly products, such as eco-friendly coffee cups and something to replace plastic cutlery?

Next step will be to find buyers so try approaching restaurants, cafe’s, coffee shops and wholesalers. Make sure you have your pricing and minimum orders figured out.

FREE Import Export Training
Learn how to start your own import export business.

A Light Bulb Making You Invisible to Mosquitoes

A German company has invented a lightbulb that makes people invisible to mosquitoes and other insects.  

  • New, patented technology
  • Highly efficient and proven protection against widespread and disease-carrying insects
  • Prevention of insect-borne diseases
  • Product without toxicity, chemical contamination and environmental pollution

Ah the Summer! Heat, the garden, a beautiful holiday home, the pool, barbecues and…mosquitos! Many mosquitoes! Few things destroy a wonderful summer evening as quickly as a swarm of mosquitoes.

You’ve tried spray repellents, baits, Citronella candles, Tiki torches, and maybe even yellow lightbulbs. The expected effect has not materialized yet.

Could an ordinary light bulb solve your mosquito problems?

New technology creates a light frequency within a sphere of “action” at which insects lose their ability to find their target. Most Insects navigate by sun – or moon light, so the light that they can see attracts them. This product works on the principle that everything that is in the area of influence make it invisible to mosquitoes and other insects. Since they are not attracted to this special light, the effect is similar to that of conventional insect repellents, without however killing the insects or repelling them with the use of chemical substances.

Note: ABTS Training has not seen nor tested the product but could be an interesting product that could be sold to hardware and DIY stores.

For more information contact us and we an provide contact details of the manufacturer.

Import Export Training Courses Online

Ready to break into international trade and become an agent for any of these products? I can only advise you to educate yourself. It’s going to save you a lot of pain! Our online import export courses are taught with a series of pre-recorded videos so you can start any time, study at your own pace and there’s no deadline to complete.

Our courses teach you the practical knowledge you’ll need to know to trade successfully, confidently whilst maximising your profits. Taught by Alan Bracken, with 35+ years of commercial experience in logistics, he skips all the theory you’ll never need to know but teaches you the practical side of how to move your goods around the world.

We were voted Best Trade Education Provider in 2017 by Trade Finance Global and our course has been validated by the London Institute of Shipping and Transport.

Check out our reviews on TrustPilot to see just how our courses have benefited our students.

Hottest Imports From Nigeria in 2021

Imports from Nigeria offer an excellent opportunity for international traders for 2021 and beyond, with the UK market still relatively untapped. The trade growth for 2019 was 15.49% compared to a world growth of 3.50% and the value of merchandise exports from Nigeria totaled $53 billion in 2019. This could offer some excellent deals if you can get your negotiation skills up to scratch.

If you’re looking for some ideas to import from Nigeria and sell here’s our 6 hottest ideas for 2021:

Import Locally Made Weaves From Nigeria

According to some estimates, Africa’s dry hair market, this being the market for weaves, wigs and hair extensions, is right now worth over $6 billion a year and growing.  Western countries, particularly the US and UK are in high demand of weaves and will pay top dollar for real human hair.

Import Textiles and Garments

This industry already generates nearly $32 billion in export revenue from Nigeria. Nigeria’s textiles can enjoy duty free passage into United States where it has the largest market in the world because of the unique designs, ethnic African designs and excellent quality.

Import Cosmetics and Soaps

Nigeria is growing in this industry but it’s still a market in its infancy.  Soaps and other toiletries and laundries are already being exported but waiting for further investment. Nigerian cosmetics can be exported to other African countries where they are badly needed. Neighboring countries travel thousands of kilometers to buy in large quantities to sell in their countries for solid profits.

Import Ginger, Garlic and Nuts

Nigerian exports of nut related produce including oil seed, oleagic fruits, grain, seed, fruits to China alone was more than $15 million in 2019. Ginger is one of the most traded spices in the world and Nigeria has an abundance. Starting a Trans-Sahara or Trans-Atlantic trade with these products will be profitable. Garlic is also on top of the list that are very exportable from Nigeria.

Import Palm Kernel Oil

Palm Kernel oil is the oil extracted from the pulp of the palm fruit which is different from palm oil. Palm Kernel Oil is used for the manufacturing of various cosmetics, pharmaceutical products and confectioneries. The uses of this oil is broad and the mineral contents are rich in protein. 

Import Cocoa From Nigeria

This is the source of most chocolates. The fruits of Cocoa is used for the production of various skin care products, health products, and pharmaceutical products. Demand for Cocoa is very high in both America and UK and cocoa farming is abundant in Nigeria.

4 Steps To Success

If you’re now thinking to get involved in the import export world, I highly recommend it! Here’s a personal testimonial of my experience, working 35+ years in import export. I’ve met some many great people, enjoyed my travels around the world and the satisfaction of negotiating deals and moving products around the world has been fantastic.

If the ideas above have inspired you, I recommend you take the next three steps.

FREE Import Export Training
Learn how to start your own import export business.

Step 1: Sourcing Your Products

Once you’ve decided on some products, you’ll have to source where to buy them. Finding sellers of your products is also half the fun. If you’re in a position to travel and explore, do it! It’s a great opportunity to expand your horizons. Not so easy in these times of a global pandemic but eventually we’ll be able to travel again.

If you can’t travel, there’s always Google, AliBaba and AliExpress. This can be a great place to start. For more ideas and an much more in-depth look into sourcing products, check out our blog in sourcing products internationally.

Step 2: Finding Buyers

Perhaps the biggest question is inevitably, how do I find buyers for my products?

This is without doubt the most common question that I’m asked. Well, the good news is, there’s more than one way to do this. The bad news is, there’s no “easy” way. It’s all going to take some hard work and perseverance but it can most certainly be done and some good profits are no doubt waiting for you.

For my biggest hints and tips after a lifetime in commercial buying and selling check out our blog post on finding buyers.

Step 3: Understand the Basics

You’re going to need to understand at a minimum, the basics of import and export. Don’t jump in and start buying products, hoping to sell them by crossing your fingers. You’ll lose money, time and cause yourself a lot of stress.

To start, have a read of our blog post, How To Start an Import Export Business. It’s only the bare minimum but it will give you an idea of what you need to start thinking about and you’ll pick up some handy tips that I learned over the year.

Step 4: Import Export Training Courses Online

If you’re still sold on the idea of international trade, I can only advise you to educate yourself. It’s going to save you a lot of pain! Our online import export courses are taught with a series of pre-recorded videos so you can start any time, study at your own pace and there’s no deadline to complete.

Our courses teach you the practical knowledge you’ll need to know to trade successfully, confidently whilst maximising your profits. Taught by Alan Bracken, with 35+ years of commercial experience in logistics, he skips all the theory you’ll never need to know but teaches you the practical side of how to move your goods around the world.

We were voted Best Trade Education Provider in 2017 by Trade Finance Global and our course has been validated by the London Institute of Shipping and Transport.

Check out our reviews on TrustPilot to see just how our courses have benefited our students.

Photo by Ima Enoch on Unsplash

Hottest Imports From Turkey in 2021

What Can I Import From Turkey?

In the following video Alan Bracken talks about the advantages of importing from Turkey. He touches on his personal experiences doing business in Turkey as well as some of the best imports Turkey has to offer:

  1. Preferential Trading with Turkey
  2. Fruits and Vegetables
  3. Importing Clothes From Turkey
  4. Catering and Hospitality
  5. Leather Goods

When considering what countries to import products from, imports from Turkey should be definitely considered. Exports in 2020 from Turkey are down 0.9 percent overall from a year earlier to USD 16.09 billion in November 2020 but the drop was due to subdued global demand because of the pandemic, something that all countries are dealing with right now. However with this, could come some excellent deals if you can get your negotiation skills up to scratch.

Among major trade partners, exports rose to Germany, the US, France, Russia and indeed the UK. Needless to say there’s a lot of opportunity to import excellent quality products from Turkey right now.

Exports of road vehicles make up big 15 percent of its exports while manufactured goods make up 25 percent of Turkeys’ exports, (textiles, fabrics, made-up articles such as furniture, apparel and clothing, gold/jewelry, fashion accessories and food including fruits and vegetables. 

If you’re looking for some ideas to import from Turkey and sell here’s our 6 hottest ideas for 2021:

Import Knitwear from Turkey

In January 2020, Turkey’s fashion exports increased 5.8 percent. Europe is Turkey’s biggest customer with Germany, Spain and the UK’s (Pre Brexit) import of Turkish fashion goods rising 4.7 percent, 8.7 percent and 3.9 percent respectively. The Netherlands, France, the United States, Denmark, Iraq and Poland were also among the main importers of the Turkish fashion demonstrating there’s a global demand for Turkish garments.

Turkey’s apparel industry accounted for 10.1 percent of it’s overall exports. Garment exports from Turkey are projected to rise by 10 percent due to the Coronavirus outbreak in China, causing delays with its shipments.

Import Jewelry From Turkey

Turkish jewelry exports hit record levels of $7.2 billion in 2019, surpassing the previously set goal of $6 billion, with numbers looking positive for 2020.

The top five destinations for Turkish jewelry exports are the U.K., United Arab Emirates, the U.S., Hong Kong and Switzerland.

Of that $7.2 billion in Turkish jewelry exports, almost half at $3.1 billion consisted of gold exports.

The foreign sales of gold products and jewelry goods totaled $2 billion, leading the aggregate jewelry exports. As well as the top five countries to import from Turkey above, Libya and Israel are also strong destinations for gold products and jewelry in 2019.

Import Carpets from Turkey

The America’s, Middle East and EU countries are the most significant markets for Turkey’s carpet exports. American countries account for 33.7 percent of exports from January – May 2020, an increase of 6.6%, reaching $287.2 million. The Middle East follows with a 27.5% share and the EU with a 16.4% share.

Exports to the US accounted for $273.1 million, January – May 2020, an increase of 8.6% on the same time last year. Carpet exports to Saudi Arabia, increased y 15.4% reaching $131.3 million. These are currently the largest two markets for importing Turkish carpets.

Import Ceramics From Turkey

On the country’s ceramic industry, he said Turkey’s ceramic exports last year totaled around $1.2 billion.

Turkey has one of the oldest and fastest-growing ceramic manufacturing industries in the world. The ceramic tile manufacturing industry is one of the most developed sectors in Turkey. ​The country has emerged as one of the top ten ceramic tile manufacturers in the world. The industry in the country is eighth in the world and third in Europe. Demand for Turkish ceramics is at its highest in the US, UK and Germany.

Import Furniture From Turkey

According to the World Furniture Outlook 2020-2021 report, Turkey rose from 14th to the 8th with furniture exports worth $3.5 billion in 2019, up 12% on the previous year. Turkey outpaced countries like Spain, Denmark, France, Mexico, Romania, Malaysia and the Netherlands.

The Turkish furniture sector, which aims to perform $10 billion export as of 2023, with Germany, the UK, the United Arab Emirates, France, and the U.S. all leading destinations for Turkish furniture.

Import Suits From Turkey

Turkish clothing exports, especially to EU markets, will continue increasing because high Chinese salaries are making China less price-competitive and Turkish apparel has a much better quality image than Chinese apparel. Another factor is the gradual depreciation of the Turkish lira is giving Turkish exporters an advantage on price.

4 Steps To Success

If you’re now thinking to get involved in the import export world, I highly recommend it! Here’s a personal testimonial of my experience, working 35+ years in import export. I’ve met some many great people, enjoyed my travels around the world and the satisfaction of negotiating deals and moving products around the world has been fantastic.

If the ideas above have inspired you, I recommend you take the next three steps.

FREE Import Export Training
Learn how to start your own import export business.

Step 1: Sourcing Your Products

Once you’ve decided on some products, you’ll have to source where to buy them. Finding sellers of your products is also half the fun. If you’re in a position to travel and explore, do it! It’s a great opportunity to expand your horizons. Not so easy in these times of a global pandemic but eventually we’ll be able to travel again.

If you can’t travel, there’s always Google, AliBaba and AliExpress. This can be a great place to start. For more ideas and an much more in-depth look into sourcing products, check out our blog in sourcing products internationally.

Step 2: Finding Buyers

Perhaps the biggest question is inevitably, how do I find buyers for my products?

This is without doubt the most common question that I’m asked. Well, the good news is, there’s more than one way to do this. The bad news is, there’s no “easy” way. It’s all going to take some hard work and perseverance but it can most certainly be done and some good profits are no doubt waiting for you.

For my biggest hints and tips after a lifetime in commercial buying and selling check out our blog post on finding buyers.

Step 3: Understand the Basics

You’re going to need to understand at a minimum, the basics of import and export. Don’t jump in and start buying products, hoping to sell them by crossing your fingers. You’ll lose money, time and cause yourself a lot of stress.

To start, have a read of our blog post, How To Start an Import Export Business. It’s only the bare minimum but it will give you an idea of what you need to start thinking about and you’ll pick up some handy tips that I learned over the year.

Step 4: Import Export Training Courses Online

If you’re still sold on the idea of international trade, I can only advise you to educate yourself. It’s going to save you a lot of pain! Our online import export courses are taught with a series of pre-recorded videos so you can start any time, study at your own pace and there’s no deadline to complete.

Our courses teach you the practical knowledge you’ll need to know to trade successfully, confidently whilst maximising your profits. Taught by Alan Bracken, with 35+ years of commercial experience in logistics, he skips all the theory you’ll never need to know but teaches you the practical side of how to move your goods around the world.

We were voted Best Trade Education Provider in 2017 by Trade Finance Global and our course has been validated by the London Institute of Shipping and Transport.

Check out our reviews on TrustPilot to see just how our courses have benefited our students.

Photo by Svetlana Gumerova on Unsplash