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The Department for International Trade

The Department for International Trade is an international economic department responsible for:

  • bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed;
  • delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU;
  • promoting British trade and investment across the world;
  • building the global appetite for British goods and services.

The Department for International Trade Sports Economy team works to help UK companies identify and take advantage of the significant export opportunities around global sporting events.

We focus on areas where the UK has significant expertise, where government-to-government contacts are useful, and where our expertise can make the biggest impact.

We work with the main industry stakeholders; promote UK capability overseas; help develop the UK’s supply chain; make it easier for companies to access overseas markets and potential buyers; and, bring major export opportunities to the attention of UK companies.

The Team proactively works with British companies looking to identify and win export business around major sporting events, currently prioritising: the Jakarta and Palembang 2018 Asian Games, Lima 2019 Pan Am and Parapan Games, Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup, Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games, Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games, Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup, Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games, and Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The Team also assists companies to pursue export business in markets which have implemented major sports development programmes, including the development of football in India, football and wider sports development in China, and the Kai Tak Sports Park in Hong Kong.


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