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Coronavirus: Trade Fairs

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 5th March 2020.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Energy and Climate Change), Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment she has made of the effect of covid-19 on UK business representation at overseas trade shows.

Photo of Graham Stuart Graham Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)

We advise UK businesses to follow FCO travel advice in determining whether to attend overseas trade shows. We are maintaining a log of all cancelled and postponed events which the Department for International Trade was due either to participate in or support companies to attend, such as the ‘MIPIM’ Global Property Event, via for example the Tradeshow Access Programme. We recognise the impact that continued uncertainty will have on UK business and supply chains and will seek to minimise this using our UK and globally based staff and partners.

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