International Trade Missions

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What does this involve?

Scottish Development International (SDI) run a programme of virtual and physical overseas trade missions to strategically important markets. This gives companies the opportunity to learn about new markets and meet potential overseas buyers.

International trade missions allow businesses to visit new markets and explore international business opportunities. They can be a great way to:

  • connect with new buyers
  • gain a more detailed understanding of an export market
  • discover attitudes towards your products or services¬†
  • build relationships
  • validate desk-based market research

Trade missions are often used as the first step to entering new markets. SDI run a number of international trade missions every year to different countries and for many sectors.

Am I eligible?

Yes, if you are a business already based in Scotland. The international trade missions are aimed at specific sectors, so your business would need to be within that sector or provide products or services to it.

What does this cost?

The cost will vary depending on the mission and the programme. 

Who is this for?

Any export-ready Scottish-based business thinking about selling their products or services in new international markets.

How long does this take?

This can vary from mission to mission depending on the location and length of the mission. Physical missions will typically last 2 to 4 days.

Important information

Numbers are restricted, so there is an application process which you can find on the Overseas Trade Missions and Exhibitions page on the Scottish Enterprise website. 

They ask businesses to register their interest in individual events.

The SDI mission programme constantly changes and adapts to meet business needs.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Enterprise website to find out more and to apply.

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