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International expansion offers attractive opportunities for growth. Tom Dixon, Ecommerce Specialist at the Department of International Trade, reveals how to use DIT’s E-Exporting program and the key resources available to manage international ecommerce sales.
With the sole aim of helping companies sell through online channels, the Department of International Trade has helped more than 5,000 companies since its launch in 2014.
In his session, Tom Dixon, Ecommerce Specialist at the Department of International Trade (UK Gov), revealed the various tools and support that the DIT offers to sellers and retailers wanting to export goods.
He highlighted the selling overseas tools, a free marketplace finder where brands and retailers can discover new overseas sales channels, as well as all the accompanying information they will need for that marketplace. He explained that sellers would then apply to sell on that marketplace through the DIT.
Dixon also explained the role of the DIT’s ecommerce advisors, located in nine offices across the UK, and urged prospective sellers to make use of their knowledge. “For absolutely anything to do with ecommerce do get in touch with your local DIT office and take advantage of that one-to-one free support,” he urged.
Additional tools and resources are available on the great.gov.uk website, said Dixon. Of the export tools available there is Export Opportunities, a centralised export leads resource that sellers can filter by various attributes.
It also features a collection of three Exporting Smart Tools, including Learn to Export, Where to Export and Export Plan. The Learn to Export resources features more than 60 lessons. “Within each section there are multiple lessons along with test questions at the end. It’s a really great way to learn some of the fundamentals of exporting or if you have been doing it for a while, it’s a really great way of testing your knowledge,” he said.
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