Overseas Trade

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 24th November 2010.

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Photo of Julian Smith Julian Smith Conservative, Skipton and Ripon

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many trade missions his Department has led to each country in each of the last five years.

Photo of Mark Prisk Mark Prisk The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

UK Trade and Investment funds national and regional outward trade missions which give companies the opportunity to visit overseas markets as part of a UK delegation. Information held on the UKTI Client Relationship Management (CRM) system on the number of missions funded since April 2007 is reflected in the following table. These figures do not include support for exhibitions or individual events overseas. Before that date, full records were not held centrally and could be retrieved only at disproportionate cost.

Number of UKTI outward trade missions
Country 2007-08 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 (to date) Total
Algeria 0 1 0 0 1
Argentina 0 0 1 0 1
Australia 1 0 1 1 3
Austria 0 0 2 1 3
Bahrain 1 2 1 0 4
Belgium 0 1 0 1 2
Brazil 8 8 11 9 36
Brunei 0 1 0 0 1
Bulgaria 4 3 2 1 10
Canada 5 8 3 1 17
Chile 0 1 1 0 2
China 20 29 30 24 103
Croatia 0 1 1 0 2
Cyprus 0 1 0 0 1
Czech Republic 3 1 2 0 6
Denmark 1 1 2 0 4
Egypt 2 6 1 0 9
Estonia 0 1 0 1 2
Finland 0 2 0 1 3
France 3 5 4 3 15
Germany 2 5 2 0 9
Ghana 0 2 3 1 6
Hong Kong (SAR) 6 5 2 1 14
Hungary 3 0 0 0 3
India 13 17 10 6 46
Indonesia 0 0 1 2 3
Iraq 0 0 1 0 1
Ireland 0 0 1 0 1
Israel 2 4 3 0 9
Italy 0 5 2 4 11
Japan 11 10 6 4 31
Jordan 0 1 2 1 4
Kenya 0 3 2 0 5
Korea (South) 1 1 4 2 8
Kuwait 0 1 1 0 2
Latvia 0 1 0 1 2
Lebanon 0 0 1 0 1
Libya 0 6 10 5 21
Macao (SAR) 2 0 0 0 2
Malaysia 1 3 3 3 10
Mexico 4 3 4 3 14
Montenegro 0 1 0 0 1
Morocco 0 2 0 0 2
Netherlands 1 1 0 0 2
New Zealand 0 1 0 0 1
Nigeria 3 6 1 0 10
Norway 1 0 0 2 3
Oman 1 0 1 0 2
Panama 0 0 1 0 1
Philippines 3 1 1 0 5
Poland 8 6 3 0 17
Portugal 5 3 3 3 14
Qatar 3 4 6 1 14
Romania 3 8 2 0 13
Russia 5 5 8 5 23
Saudi Arabia 8 7 5 0 20
Serbia 0 1 0 0 1
Singapore 1 0 6 2 9
Slovakia 2 0 0 0 2
Slovenia 0 1 0 0 1
South Africa 4 3 4 1 12
Spain 4 0 4 0 8
Sweden 3 2 0 0 5
Switzerland 2 6 3 0 11
Syria 0 0 1 0 1
Taiwan 1 7 2 2 12
Thailand 2 0 2 0 4
Tunisia 0 0 2 0 2
Turkey 5 4 4 2 15
Ukraine 0 1 0 0 1
United Arab Emirates 9 8 10 3 30
United States 19 21 21 15 76
Venezuela 1 0 0 0 1
Vietnam 1 1 1 1 4
Total 188 239 211 113 751

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