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Off to market in Europe, via a legal maze.

A service has been launched to guide companies through the legal maze to help them achieve export success in Europe.

UK Trade & Investment has teamed up with the Tees Valley Joint Strategy Unit (JSU) to launch the European Legal Information Service, which offers support to new and established exporters looking to trade with other European countries.

It builds on the success of Tees Valley JSU's current service and has been expanded to help small and medium-sized enterprises across the North-East, not just in the Tees Valley.

UK Trade & Investment International Trade Director David Coppock said: "The EU remains an important market for North-East firms and we aim to ensure new and existing exporters have all the knowledge and support they need to succeed.

"This new service will be a welcome addition to the range of support we already offer and we're delighted to be working with Tees Valley JSU to provide it."

Focusing on trade in the EU, the service will guide exporters through the vast amounts of legislation that could affect their international trade activities and provide them with plain English explanations.

European Legal Officer at Tees Valley JSU Martin Boyle explained: "Companies sometimes feel overwhelmed by the legislation they face ( they hear a rumour about a new EU directive that could affect them or a customer mentions a bit of EU red tape they've never heard of. There are rules covering packaging, labelling requirements, marking of components, consumer and product safety, selling on the internet, hazardous substances, electromagnetic compatibility, biofuel quotas, copyright levies, rights in databases ( the list seems endless.

"It's frustrating to see how nervousness about these 'red tape' issues can hold some firms back from doing good business with European partners ( because it doesn't have to be a barrier to success and we're here to help."

To find out more about the range of support services available through UK Trade & Investment to help companies involved in overseas trade contact the North-East International Trade Hotline on 0845 05 05 054leave phone no in that style or email: enquiries @ukti.rito.co.uk

Your entry point to EU

THE new European Legal Information Service includes in-depth support on:

* Technical compliance and marking requirements

* Appointing an agent or distributor in the EU

* Establishing an office in another EU country

* Any other areas of EU rules and regulations
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 22, 2006
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