Change of Documentation Portal
With effect from Monday 1 January 2024 we have moved all documentation applications to the E-ZCert portal, and the Esscert portal is no longer available for new applications. Your account will be accessible to access previous applications on Esscert only.

The E-ZCert portal fulfils Cyber Essentials requirements and therefore is a more secure system for both the Chamber and yourselves. We hope that this transition does not cause too much disruption to you, and we are on hand should you have any questions.

If you have any questions about the new system, please initially review the guidance document, and if this does not help you, please feel free to email and we will assist you as soon as possible.

On Tuesday 9 January we are holding a webinar to provide information on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. We'll explain what it is and how companies should plan. Full details, and booking link, can be found below.

If you have any international trade queries please email or telephone the team on 01223 237414.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
01223 237414
Important update regarding changes to the HMRC timeline and go live dates for CDS (Customs Declaration Service) exports

HMRC has updated their timeline for CDS and rescheduled their intended go live dates for CDS exports. The previous timeline required exporters to initiate their migration to CDS in January 2024, with a completion deadline of 29 March 2024, when the CHIEF service would be switched off and all exports would be declared via the new CDS service.

However, the new timeline has been revised by HMRC and is now as follows:

  • GVMS Supported Exports (Ro-Ro) - Live and available
  • Air Exports - Available from 31/02/2024
  • Sea Exports - Available from 31/03/2024
  • NES Exports - To close on 31/06/2024
After 30 March 2024, businesses will be able to make all export declarations through the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), with a new completion deadline for the migration process and CHIEF switch off now set for 31 JUNE 2024.
Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism webinar
Tuesday 9 January, 3.00-4.00pm

Climate change is a global problem that needs global solutions. As the EU raises its own climate ambition, and as long as less stringent climate policies prevail in many non-EU countries, there is a risk of so-called ‘carbon leakage’. Carbon leakage occurs when companies based in the EU move carbon-intensive production abroad to countries where less stringent climate policies are in place than in the EU, or when EU products get replaced by more carbon-intensive imports.

The EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) is a landmark tool to put a fair price on the carbon emitted during the production of carbon intensive goods that are entering the EU, and to encourage cleaner industrial production in non-EU countries. The gradual introduction of the CBAM is aligned with the phase-out of the allocation of free allowances under the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) to support the decarbonisation of EU industry.

In this one-hour webinar Richard Bartlett will discuss the questions below and explain how you should prepare for CBAM.

What is Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism?
When does it start?
How will it work?

You will receive important key information to take away from the session including how to plan your sustainability strategy.

Cost: £10.00 (plus VAT) Chamber members, £20.00 (plus VAT) non-Chamber member.
Click here to book
Coming up in January:

Import Procedures & Processes Training

Tuesday 9 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

Export Processes & Procedures Training
Wednesday 10 January 9.30am-1.00pm

Understanding Rules of Origin
Tuesday 16 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

Opening Doors to Global / International Trade
Wednesday 24 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

International Marketing Workshop
Wednesday 31 January, 9.30am-1.00pm
You can view the full list of all our training courses for 2024 on the Chamber website.

Courses can also be tailored to meet your company’s specific requirements. For more information about a bespoke course for your company, which can be delivered remotely or in person, please contact the Chamber on 01223 237414.
Ghana: Jobs and Economic Transformation (JET) and Automotive Investor Mission
23 - 26 January 2024, Accra, Ghana

Supported by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Ghana JET is organising an automotive mission to Ghana.

JET is FCDO’s flagship investment-led programme to support Ghana’s economic transformation. The five-year programme seeks to spur £30 million of investment and create 7,000 jobs across three priority sectors in Ghana: Automotive, Pharmaceuticals and Textiles and Garments.

The programme includes business and government meetings along with tailored support and meetings offered to individual companies as required.
Global Annual Conference 2024
Thursday 27 June 2024, QEII Centre, London

BCC Global Annual Conference 2024 will bring together business leaders, policy experts, media and government representatives to tackle important business issues and create lasting change.
HM Treasury has agreed in principle to introduce a UK carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) covering imports in several sectors by January 2027. Read the BCC reaction in the Treasury press statement.

The UK government has issued a General Trade Licence covering some goods affected by the Russian steel sanctions legislation.

UK ministers have endorsed the Trade Remedies Authority’s recommendations to apply anti-dumping duties at 22.3 per cent to some aluminium road wheels of Chinese origin until January 2027 because of the damage to domestic industry.

Minister of State for Trade Policy, Greg Hands MP, provided a written ministerial statement on the latest developments in ongoing trade negotiations with India.

The UK has other live trade negotiations with Switzerland, Canada, South Korea, Mexico, the Gulf Co-operation Council, and Israel. There is still time to share your views until Friday 5 January on the call for input for negotiations with Turkiye in 2024.

A seventh round of sanctions on Russia by the UK government has taken effect. Measures also now include a ban on diamonds and diamond jewellery imports from Russia.
Contact the Chamber

Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
Clifford House, 2 Station Yard, Oakington, Cambridge, CB24 3AH