The way ahead for ex­ports in a post-Brexit world

Western Mail - - BUSINESS - Sion Barry Busi­ness ed­i­tor sion.barry@waleson­

MORE than 120 Welsh busi­ness own­ers and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives are at tend­ing a ma­jor ex­port con­fer­ence in Cardiff to­day.

Opened by First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones, the event will fo­cus on ex­port­ing and the im­pli­ca­tions of Brexit – such as tar­iffs and non tar­iff bar­ri­ers – and con­sider trad­ing sce­nar­ios from March 2019.

Busi­ness ex­perts from the South Wales Cham­ber of Com­merce, Strong and Herd, the UK Ex­port Joint Unit, Godi and UK Fi­nance will be on hand to pro­vide ad­vice on how to nav­i­gate the rules and reg­u­la­tions of sell­ing goods and ser­vices over­seas.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s over­seas of­fices will also hold mar­ket-fo­cused semi nars through­out the day to dis­cuss ways busi­nesses can de­velop their ex­port mar­kets.

Open­ing the con­fer­ence, the First Min­is­ter will say: “Welsh ex­ports are worth £14.6bn to our econ­omy each year, with 61% of Welsh ex­ports go­ing to the EU. We must not let Brexit de­rail this suc­cess.

“To­day, we are talk­ing to peo­ple who run Welsh busi­nesses about the sup­port the Welsh Govern ment can pro­vide as the UK pre­pares to leave the EU.

“This is a time of huge un­cer tainty, but we are work­ing hard to of­fer Welsh busi­nesses the practi cal help they need to con­tinue to ex­port or start sell­ing their goods over­seas in a post-Brexit econ­omy.

“Our post-Brexit vi­sion is of Wales as a glob­ally trad­ing na­tion, open to the wider world, while main­tain­ing our strong trade with the EU.

“We need a Brexit deal that al­lows Welsh goods to keep flow ing into the EU with­out new ob­sta­cles or costs, while em­brac­ing the new drive for trad­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties around the world.”

Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Ken Skates will also ad­dress the con­fer­ence in Cardiff City Sta­dium. He will say: “Key to suc­cess­fully ex­port­ing goods and ser­vices across the globe is an un­der­stand­ing of the mar­ket in which you wish to do busi­ness.

“This con­fer­ence is all about sup­port­ing Welsh busi­nesses to feel con­fi­dent enough to take their prod­ucts and ser­vices world­wide, help­ing them to un­der­stand the strengths and lim­i­ta­tions of dif­fer­ent mar­kets and ad­vis­ing on how busi­nesses can grow their over­seas op­er­a­tions.

“Our new Eco­nomic Ac­tion Plan is clear about our com­mit­ment to pri­ori­tis­ing ex­ports and trade and to help­ing busi­nesses re­tain their ex­ist­ing trad­ing part­ners, while sup­port­ing them to branch out into other global mar­kets.

“The Welsh Gov­ern­ment’s job is to en­sure that our busi­ness own­ers are get­ting all the help they need to weather the chal­lenges and em­brace the op­por­tu­ni­ties ahead so we can drive for­ward our com­mit­ment to build a stronger and fairer econ­omy for all.”

> Econ­omy Sec­re­tary Ken Skates is among those ad­dress­ing a ma­jor ex­port con­fer­ence in Cardiff to­day

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