The Department for International Trade (DIT) provides trade and investment services and practical support to United Kingdom companies in the United States and United States companies in the United Kingdom. DIT was founded in 2016 and helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade.
The organization advises and provides contacts through its network of specialists in the United Kingdom and the United States with staff in the British Embassy in Washington and the British Consulates General in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and San Francisco.
The DIT is responsible for delivering four priority outcomes:
- Secure world-class free trade agreements and reduce market access barriers, ensuring that consumers and businesses can benefit from both
- Encourage economic growth and a green industrial revolution across all parts of the UK through attracting and retaining inward investment
- Support the UK businesses to take full advantage of trade opportunities, including those arising from delivering free trade agreements, facilitating UK exports
- Champion the rules-based international trading system, including protecting UK businesses from unfair trade practices
In July 2016, Prime Minister Theresa May set up this dedicated department as a result of the UK's vote to leave the European Union, also known as Brexit.