UK exports grew overall last year in each country. 3% to 4% for England and Northern Ireland, nearly double that for Wales and over 12% for Scotland.
Rising sales of Scotch whisky and salmon to the USA helped, as did a similar path for a number of UK exports. We exported £57 billion of goods and services to the USA in 2019, an 11.9% increase on the previous year.
The relationship is well established, the USA has been our largest market for a long time and the UK is the USA’s largest European market. A position that could become even more important if Brexit goes ahead.
Providing a range of services in the USA, showing the goods you wish to offer, or establishing business relationships can often involve temporary export.
ATA Carnet Use
Processing of carnets in the USA is normally efficient, through knowledgeable customs staff. Just bear in mind their efficiency is reliant on accuracy, so making sure documentation is in order is worth the time.
Carnets are widely accepted for professional equipment and commercial samples, a little more care may be required for trade shows. A temporary importation bond could be the alternative approach.
Worth pointing out that even the US Border Agency warn on this increasing the task, possibly involving a customs broker. In many cases, with a little thought on classification, an ATA carnet will meet the need.
The UK – USA special relationship is not an imaginary concept and goes beyond politics. Ties through history, culture and language are evident, values are not far apart and business, or financial systems marry well.
Political decisions could soon require us all to look at wider opportunities. Whilst the emerging markets are well worth considering, our established partnership with the USA can also offer significant value.
Demand from the USA was the strongest driver of UK export growth last year. If our team can help directly with a visit, or offer advice, please get in touch.