Chamber’s call to action to firms keen to maximise US trade

Fri, February 17th, 2017

What opportunities lie ahead for exporters in the Liverpool City Region?

Chamber’s call to action to Mersey firms who are keen to maximise trade with the US

Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce is holding an event that will provide essential information for Liverpool city region firms looking to do business in North America.

Following the inauguration of US President Donald Trump, and his previous comments on Brexit, what opportunities lie ahead for exporters in the Liverpool City Region?

With its renowned expertise in international trade, Liverpool & Sefton Chamber of Commerce is ready and willing to help city region firms take full advantage of the renewal of the UK-US ‘special relationship’ cemented by Prime Minister Theresa May on her recent trip to the White House.

And on March 1, the chamber will be holding a free event in Liverpool city centre that will offer an invaluable guide to transatlantic trade.

Major partner

Britain already sells £30bn worth of goods and services to the US every year - a little ahead of what we sell to Germany and four times what we send to China.

Any push to increase that can only be good news for Merseyside exporters, says Andy Snell, director of international trade at the chamber.

He explained: “The US is a market almost like none other. You have a GDP of $17.5 trillion and you have 320m+ consumers.

“When the trade deal is agreed it could provide a golden opportunity for firms across our region and we urge you to come along to our free event and make sure you are ready to take full advantage of the opportunities.”

Facing the right way

Liverpool2, the new £400m port facility on the banks of the Mersey, is operational just at the right time. A favourable trade deal with the US means we would be facing in the right direction for the first time in decades.

“There is actually potential for UK to get special treatment,” added Andy.

“It is now widely reported, and understood by the Trump team, that the new President will want to offer the UK a trade agreement, either as an extension of the Canadian agreement into a new North Atlantic Trade Agreement or a separate bilateral deal.

“While Mr Trump is against trade agreements that expose America to less developed markets, leading to a loss of manufacturing jobs, a deal with Britain does not bring the same risks.”

'Business Opportunities in the North American Market' will be held at the Chamber at No 1 Old Hall Street on Wednesday, March 1, from 9am to 12.30pm. Click here to book your place.

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