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Now in its fifth year, this survey is commissioned by the Welsh Government and is the only Wales-specific collection of trade data.

First published:
18 November 2019
Last updated:

We want to improve our understanding of trade flows into and out of businesses in Wales. This includes goods and services that move within the UK as well as internationally.

How are businesses selected?

Approximately 8000 businesses have been selected from a UK business directory (the inter-departmental business register) derived from administrative sources, including: 

  • Value Added Tax (VAT) registrations
  • Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) registrations

The directory is updated with data gathered from the Office for National Statistics’ business surveys and is used for statistical purposes only.

Who is carrying out the survey?

The survey is carried out by IFF Research on behalf of the Welsh Government. An independent market research company, IFF Research operate under the strict guidelines of the Market Research Society’s Code of Conduct.

For questions or support in filling out the survey, contact the Trade Survey for Wales support team at IFF Research. They are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm:

Telephone: 0300 025 9000

They are available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

If you would like to confirm IFF Research’s authority to conduct this survey, please contact the Welsh Government Trade Analysis team at

When will data from the survey be published?

Headline data and insights from the survey will be published on the Trade Survey for Wales pages of the Welsh Government website in 2024.

Data from previous rounds of the survey can be found on the Trade Survey for Wales pages. The data tables for 2020 results will be published as part of the 2021 report on 25 October 2023.