CCA for Business

The opportunities for Cheshire businesses to trade with the Commonwealth are vast.  The Cheshire Commonwealth Association aims to support businesses in the county to understand the benefits of working with the Commonwealth and find the best routes to trading.

The Commonwealth is a highly effective trading collective and through our close work with the Department For International Trade, we can help businesses in Cheshire learn about the Commonwealth and its particular benefits, leading to more opportunities in international trade.


The CCA hosts a variety of events throughout the year to inform and educate - helping to bring the right people together to share experiences and best practices and learn about international Commonwealth trade.

You can read more about the Commonwealth and the creation of better trade opportunities below.

Trading with the Commonwealth

In 2019:

  • UK exports to the Commonwealth were worth £65.4 billion; British imports from the Commonwealth were £63.7 billion.

  • The UK had a trade surplus with the Commonwealth of £1.7 billion – a deficit in goods was offset by a surplus in services.

  • The Commonwealth accounted for 9.1% of the UK’s total trade – around the same as the UK’s total trade with Germany.

  • UK trade with the Commonwealth was heavily focused on five countries – Australia, Canada, India, Singapore and South Africa; combined these countries accounted for 72% of UK exports to the Commonwealth and 73% of UK imports from the Commonwealth.

*all data above is from the Office for National Statistics