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Exporting Chemicals and International Trade Regulations

From the production of day to day household products to industrial manufactured chemicals and dyes the chemical sector is thriving and following substantial R&D investment, both from the UK and overseas, the sector contributes significantly to the UKs export market as products are increasingly purchased around the world. 

UK Chemical sector: Top UK Exporter the facts - Did you know that…

  • Goods exported from the UK in 2018 was £350,651 million (Office National Statistics), of which £57,116m was from the chemical sector – therefore one of the UK’s top industries.
  • The sector adds over £17 billion of value to the economy, on sales of around £50 billion (Chemical Industries Association July 2019).
  • The North West of England is the leading chemical producer, followed by Scotland and Yorkshire/Humber (CEFIC and the CIA).
  • The chemical industry in the UK comprises some of the highest exporting and importing companies of any sector.
  • 31% of everything manufactured in the UK chemical industry is exported to other countries (Santander).
  • Top trading partners for the UK chemical sector include the US, the EU and China.
  • Chemicals and manufactured goods are some of the most valuable export sectors in Yorkshire (HMRC).

Chemicals: International Trade Regulations

The sector has experienced significant changes over recent years with a much larger emphasis being placed on logistics compliance and regulation. Ensuring our clients comply with the trade regulations both in the UK and overseas we:

  • only use UN approved packaging for our hazardous cargo 
  • all consignments checked against the UK HSE (Health Safety Executive) and CPL (Classification, Packaging and Labelling) regulations
  • are licenced to store and handle seven classes of hazardous packed chemicals
  • are an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) reflecting that our end to end supply
  • adheres to the international standard of safety, regulation, trust, and security.

Don’t let a no deal Brexit affect the UK chemical sector export success

To keep businesses operating as usual in the event of a no-deal Brexit, HMRC are urging EU importers and exporters to become familiar with the following three programmes:

  • Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI);
  • Customs Declarations Service (CDS);
  • Transitional Simplified Import and Export Procedure (SIEP).

Our advice is be prepared and get your registrations in order now.


If you have any questions concerning your chemical shipment please contact our team via email at

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