There are a number of issues that you should consider when researching which country or countries you would like to export your goods. The following resources can get you started with finding profitable export markets for your food or drink products:
- exporting country guides
- food and drink sector: export help
- Invest Northern Ireland can help with carrying out in-market research
- research potential export markets with the help of Invest NI's Business Information Centre
- sector guides on buynifood.com
- chambers of commerce in the UK or the export country you plan to target
- food and drink trade associations
Researching food and drink export markets
When carrying out your research - whether online or via print resources, you will want to check whether there are:
- prohibitions or quotas on your products
- import licensing restrictions
- rates of duty payable when your goods enter your export market
Individual countries will have specific requirements in terms of the types of documentation needed for products being imported. The requirements will differ depending on the country and the specific type of product.
When commercially exporting food or drink from the UK to a non-EU country, it is your responsibility to check the restrictions and export conditions that apply before you export.
You should consider food standards, food safety and other technical standards in your export market. Your goods may need to be adapted to comply with these. Rules in your export market may be less or more strict than in the UK.
The minimum required by third countries is usually confirmation that the product is:
- produced in accordance with EU hygiene rules
- fit for human consumption
- freely available for sale within the EU
For a general guide to market information on sectors and countries, see entering overseas markets.