Open to Export 

What is Open to Export?

Open to Export is a free online information service from The Institute of Export & International Trade, dedicated to helping small UK businesses get ready to export and expand internationally. Our aim for Open to Export is simple. We want to help you grow your business overseas by giving you the information that allows you to consider new markets, develop new products and services, find new customers and overcome any hurdles that might stand in your way. We want your business to succeed and we want to see more UK businesses compete around the world. If you are still in doubt, register here and ask the community a question.


How it got started

Open to Export is a not-for-profit Community Interest Company (CIC) and was founded by the Institute of Export & International Trade, Department for International Trade, the Federation of Small Businesses, and Yell.

How can we help? 

A wealth of free information and practical advice on our website using:

  • Step-by-step guides covering the whole export journey from ‘Selecting a market’ to ‘Delivery and documentation.
  • A comprehensive webinar programme covering all aspects of international trade.
  • The online Export Action Plan tool helping businesses create a roadmap to successful new markets.
  • Quarterly competitions for the chance to win £3000 cash and further support.


5 Steps to Export Success

We offer a wealth of free information and practical advice along a 5 step journey to export success, including articles, webinars, and frequently asked questions.

These steps are: Getting started, Selecting a market, Reaching customers, Pricing and getting paid, and Delivery and documentation.

Finally, our Export Action Plan tool asks you questions along each of these 5 steps, giving your prompts and useful resources along the way, to allow you to create a coherent and comprehensive plan for taking your business global.