About BExA

The British Exporters Association (BExA) is an independent national trade association representing the interests of the export community and exists as a lobbying, promoting, educating and networking organisation for UK exporters and associated services providers. 

Established in 1940 as the National General Export Merchants Group, it became the British Export Houses Association and then in 1988 adopted the name of British Exporters Association when it recruited manufacturing companies as members.

Who we are

BExA is a not-for-profit and non-party political organisation that’s led by our members, for our members.   Our membership is drawn from a wide cross-section of organisations within the exporting community, including large corporates, MSBs, SMEs and micro-exporters and their bank, credit insurance, legal and other service providers.  BExA seeks to promote the interests of its members and all UK exporters, with a particular focus on trade finance and export credit insurance.

What we do

BExA is a valued contributor to, and is engaged with, many Government departments and committees to drive export policy forward.  These include the Department for Business and Trade, UK Export Finance, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and Houses of Parliament Select Committees. 

First published in 2010, BExA also authors an UK Export Finance Benchmarking Paper which compares the performance of the UK's export credit agency against others around the world. It has become the go-to guide to measure UK Export Finance’s product range, activities and quality of support to ensure that no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance.

Association Structure

The affairs and work of the Association are governed by the BExA Council, which is made up of representatives from member organisations duly elected at the AGM in May.   The Rules of Association form the legal basis on which BExA runs and gives certain powers to the Council.  For a snapshot of the Association, and an overview of our events and activities throughout the year, please take a look at our Annual Review



Membership of the Association is open to all companies and other organisations resident in the UK who export goods or services, or who provide assistance to such companies in the promotion and support of export activities.  Individual membership is also available with the support of a Council member. 

Membership of BExA is on an organisation basis, so any number of staff can benefit from its range of member benefits.  Membership fees start at just £180 per year.