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Enterprise Europe

NetworkHelp and advice for small firms in EU matters, including accessing markets both within the EU and beyond and applying for funding – the Enterprise Europe Network offers personal support through a network of local contact points. An online database also provides B2B contacts and information on funding.

Promoting international activities of SMEs

Going international means accessing new markets in the EU and beyond, but it also requires additional investments. How public authorities can reduce barriers to internationalisation - read more on this page.

Going global 

Opportunities await European small firms beyond the Single Market. Read more on market access, competition in the global marketplace and trade liberalisation.

Market access database (MADB)

The database gives key information to EU exporters on applied tariffs, import formalities, statistics and trade barriers and provides the possibility to report trade obstacles to the European Commission.

Trade Defence Instruments - ensuring fair trade for EU SMEs

Find out how to protect your company against trade defence measures, including subsidised and low-priced imports from non-EU countries, and what to do if you are exporting to a non-EU country and are affected by an anti-dumpinganti-subsidy or safeguard measures applied by that country.

Technical Barriers to Trade 

In order for EU small businesses to take full advantage of international trade, unjustified technical barriers need to be removed. Learn more about this international instrument on this website.

Funding through external cooperation programmes 

The EU's external aid programmes provide funding in the form of grants and public contracts.

European Customs Information Portal 

Information on the EU customs rules and procedures. If you want to import or export, don't miss the "model transactions" interactive customs scheme.

Taxation and Customs: electronic databases 

A list of all Commission databases related to customs and taxation.

Online customs tariff database 

This database covers all measures relating to tariff and commercial and agricultural legislation of relevance when importing or exporting goods to or from the EU.

Binding Tariff Information 

This is a tool to help enterprises obtain the correct tariff classification for goods they intend to import or export.

Doing business outside the EU 

Companies aiming to access markets outside the EU will find advice on this page. Information on the national aspects of this issue can be accessed via the right-hand navigation.

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China IPR SME helpdesk

This helpdesk provides free information, advice and training for European small firms to help them protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in China.

EU-China Managers Exchange and Training Programme

The programme provides training for Chinese and European managers in languages, business culture and practices of the other continent.


The EU SME Centre is a Support Service Provider for European Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) facilitating market access in China.  The Centre provides free of charge, practical information, advice and business tools to better equip SMEs to develop their business and tackle challenges faced in the Chinese market.

Understanding China

A training programme organised by Eurochambres and other stakeholders and co-financed by the European Commission. It trains business organisations to help European companies better understand the Chinese economy and increase their competitiveness in that market.


Standardisation Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC)  

Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China (SAC) was established in April 2001 and authorized by the State Council to exercise administrative responsibilities by undertaking unified management, supervision and overall coordination of standardization works in China.

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade 

Established in May 1952, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) comprises VIPS, enterprises and organizations representing the economic and trade sectors inChina. It is the most important and the largest institution for the promotion of foreign trade in China.


The EU-China Standardisation Information Platform 


EU SME CENTRE – Machinery equipment and components 
EU SME CENTRE – Chemicals
EU SME CENTRE – Transport Equipment
EU SME CENTRE – Case Studies


UK Trade & Investment 

UKTI is the government organisation that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high quality investment to the UK. 

China-Britain Business Council website 

CBBC is the leading organisation helping UK companies grow and develop their business in China. Our mission is to help UK companies of all sizes and sectors, whether new entrants or established operations, access the full potential of the fastest growing market in the world.

Hong Kong Trade Development Council 

Hong Kong (covering Macao)

British Consulate-General 
No1 Supreme Court Road, Central, Hong Kong,
(P O Box 528)
Tel: (852) 2901 3182
Fax: (852) 2901 3066

Hong Kong Trade

Development Council
16 Upper Grosvenor Street, London W1K 7PL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7616 9500
Fax: +44 (0)20 7616 9510


British Trade and Cultural Office President International Tower,
26th Floor, 9-11
Song Kao Road, Taipei, 100, Taiwan

Open to Export  

Open to Export is a community driven service for small and medium sized businesses, looking for support in exporting from the UK. The service is delivered by hibu (formerly Yell Group), in partnership with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI). However, all the information, answers, advice and articles you see on Open to Export are contributed by our users, community and key contributors.

Visa Application Centres - China

Full details on the visa application process can be found 

British Chamber of Commerce in China