Secretary of State for International Trade

The secretary of state for international trade, also referred to as the international trade secretary,[1] is a senior Minister of the Crown within the Government of the United Kingdom, and head of the Department for International Trade. The office forms part of the British Cabinet. Since it was created, the international trade secretary also holds the office of President of the Board of Trade in conjunction.[2][3]

Secretary of State
for International Trade
Liz Truss

since 24 July 2019
Department for International Trade
StyleInternational Trade Secretary
The Right Honourable
(UK and the Commonwealth)
StatusSecretary of state
Minister of the Crown
Member ofCabinet
Privy Council
Board of Trade
Reports toThe Prime Minister
AppointerThe Crown
on advice of the Prime Minister
Term lengthAt Her Majesty's Pleasure
Formation13 July 2016
First holderLiam Fox

The current secretary of state for international trade is Liz Truss, MP since her appointment by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in February 2020.


Corresponding to what is generally known as a commerce minister in many other countries, the international trade secretary's remit includes:


The office was created by Prime Minister Theresa May shortly after she took office on 13 July 2016, following the 2016 EU referendum. The office's powers were taken from the trade functions of the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills,[5] which was recreated as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy[6] as part of a wider government reorganisation.

List of Secretaries of State for International Trade

Colour key (for political parties):

Secretary of State for International Trade
Portrait Name
Term of office Length of term Party Ministry
The Right Honourable
Dr Liam Fox

MP for North Somerset
(born 1961)
13 July
24 July
3 years and 11 days Conservative May I
May II
The Right Honourable
Liz Truss

MP for South West Norfolk
(born 1975)
24 July
Incumbent 1 year, 10 months and 19 days* Conservative Johnson I
Johnson II

* Incumbent's length of term last updated: 12 June 2021.

See also