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Top Tips to expand your food and drink business overseas: Webinar

For over 35 years, Wallis Shipping has specialised in food and drink logistics around the world. Based in the East of England, we are uniquely positioned among a range of agricultural, farming and food industries, and within easy reach of two of the UK’s largest ocean freight ports.

One of the best ways to grow your food and drink business is by exporting overseas. The reputation of British goods is well respected around the world for our quality of produce. A recent survey conducted by The Institute of Export & International Trade found that 91% of goods producing businesses in East Anglia are actively exporting.

On the 5th June we hosted a webinar in collaboration with tastebuds collective and shared our top tips for exporting food and drink products overseas. A key message from the webinar was around preparation. Preparation is extremely important when exporting overseas, if you fail to prepare you prepare to fail. There are three areas you need to consider when exporting food and drink products overseas: Time, Temperature, and Regulations.  


  • Are your goods perishable?

  • Do they have a limited shelf life?

Good planning and a regular reliable supply chain is important when shipping food and drink products.


  • We encourage you to spend time ahead of dispatch looking into the best temperature control for your goods.

  • Full supply chain solution is important when shipping food and drink products overseas, 24/7 support.

  • Which transportation is best suited to ship your products – Sea Freight, Road or Air Freight.


  • Sanitary and phytosanitary controls in the UK to protect the buyer security of the country.

  • It’s important that you have the right export documents, certificates and attestations.


Where do you start?

  • Commodity codes. Ensure you do research into what commodity code your product fits under. The correct commodity code is crucial when determining what level of customs duty is payable.

  • If you are a supplier of animal origin or an animal by product then you must register with DEFRA

  • Determine Import duty rates with the buyer

  • Agree terms or sale and incoterms with the customer

During the second half of the webinar, we discussed the importance of preparation when exporting to the EU including finding the right certificates and ensuring you appoint a certified officer to inspect your goods and release your certificate.

Q&A’s between Wallis Shipping and attendees

Is it feasible to send a chilled meat product (shelf life of 4 weeks from production) to the USA?

We would need to look at the product and what the components are, the commodity code and look at the product content. We would then get in touch with the states to see what their regulations are with that product. We export crab from Scotland to USA so it can be done, but we would need to look at your individual product before confirming.

It’s worth getting in contact with the FDA and your client and send samples for testing.

How can we find commodity codes?

You can find commodity codes by visiting We are happy to work with you to help you find the right commodity code for your product. Get in touch to find out more.

Missed our webinar?

Are you a member of Tastebuds collective? As a benefit, all members can view the recording of our webinar, Top Tips to expand your food and drink business overseas.

How can Wallis Shipping help ship your food and drink products? Get in touch to find out more.


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