|Formed||14 July 2016|
|Headquarters||3 Whitehall Place, London, SW1A|
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is a United Kingdom government department responsible for striking and extending trade agreements between the United Kingdom and non EU states (however the UK Government is not legally permitted to negotiate any trade deals with third party countries before exiting the EU in 2019), as well as for encouraging foreign investment and export trade.  The department was created by Prime Minister Theresa May, shortly after she took office on 13 July 2016, following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union.
DIT's purpose is to develop, coordinate and deliver a new trade policy for the United Kingdom, including preparing for and then negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries. The new department is a specialised body with significant new trade negotiating capacity.
It took on the responsibilities of UK Trade and Investment, which was previously operated by both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, it also took on the latter's other relevant trade functions; as well as responsibility for UK Export Finance. It is overseen by the Secretary of State for International Trade, currently Liz Truss.
As of February 2017the department employed about 200 trade negotiators.
The UK Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) was set up to protect Britain from unfair global trading practices after Britain left the EU. It was intended to be a separate department, but as of April 2019David Wright was designated to head it, but in April 2019 he withdrew.continued to be a "shadow organisation" within the Department for International Trade. In October 2018 Sir
The TRA was expected to be a key part of Britain's drive to expand world trade after leaving the EU. It was intended to propose measures to limit the importation of goods subsidised by foreign governments in detriment of British producers, and oppose tariffs imposed elsewhere on British imports.
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The Ministers in the Department for International Trade are as follows:
|The Rt Hon. Liz Truss MP||Secretary of State
President of the Board of Trade
|Overall responsibility for all policies and sectors, both directly and through her ministers of state. She will personally lead on the defence and security sector and will be involved in the most significant global deals across all sectors.|
|Conor Burns MP||Minister of State||TBC|
|Graham Stuart MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State||Minister for Investment|
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