Countdown to the Global Annual Conference
It's just six weeks until the British Chambers of Commerce Global Annual Conference. Have you booked your tickets?
I will be attending the event and would be keen to meet any Chamber members attending on the day.

Next week I am running a free one-hour webinar offering help and support to businesses that make their own export declarations to move from CHIEF to the CDS before the 4 June deadline. You can register for your free place here. The session runs from 10.00-11.00am on Wednesday 22 May.

In June we are offering a half-day online training session that will focus and provide clear guidance on ATA Carnets. Full details can be found in the training section below along with our next two courses in the calendar.

If you are looking to enter new markets or require any support with trade processes, please contact me directly for support.

Ilona Karpanos
International Trade Advisor
No documentation service on Monday

Please note that we will be unable to provide a documentation service on Monday 20 May either online or in person. 

Our service will be back to normal on Tuesday 21 May.
SME exporters trapped in doldrums

 The Trade Confidence Outlook, conducted by the British Chambers of Commerce’s (BCC) Insights Unit, is a survey of more than 2,000 UK SME exporters.   

It shows the percentage of SME exporters reporting increased exports has been static since the pandemic and has weakened slightly since the end of 2023. SMEs are less likely to report increased exports compared to before the pandemic and Brexit.

Read the article here.
US still a land of opportunity for UK business

Supply chain security, trade deals, tariffs and planning permission were the big issues during the BCC’s five-day mission to the US to promote business and investment.

Director General, Shevaun Haviland’s, trip was organised ahead of the US elections as issues around trade agreements, tariffs, supply-chain disruption, subsidies, protectionism and geo-political tensions all gather momentum.  

Background to trip:

Shevaun flew to Washington DC on Monday 29 April before travelling up to New York on Wednesday 1 May, and returning to the UK on Friday 3 May.

In Washington she met with the US Council for International Business, the US Chamber of Commerce, the Minister-Counsellor for Trade and Global Issues at the British Embassy, SelectUSA and the US Treasury. 

In New York she spoke to His Majesty’s Deputy Trade Commissioner for North America and visited the United Nations.  

She also spent time with the BCC’s US affiliate - British American Business, and supported a West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce trade reception at the British Consulate. 

The West & North Yorkshire Chamber’s visit was celebrating the links between the historic cities of York and New York, and the global opportunities that exist for trade between the two. 
Global Britain Challenge Report

This report summarises the approach of the British Chambers of Commerce to help the UK grow and prosper as an independent nation. It covers an analysis of Britain’s place in the world and the world’s place in Britain. It summarises our trade performance and success in attracting foreign direct investment (FDI) and proposes recommendations to improve our impressive track record.
Read the Report
Last week William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Constitution, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Committee on the Review of the EU-UK Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

The BCC took part in a discussion with UK government officials on the UK sanctions system, and how compliance can be improved. The UK and US governments held discussions in London this week as part of the Strategic Sanctions Dialogue.

The BCC joint panel discussion in Brussels with Voka and EuroChambres on improving UK-EU trade will take place on Tuesday 11 June. The event will be held in the afternoon at Voka’s headquarters. More details to follow.

A reminder that the UK government consultation on the UK CBAM is ongoing until Thursday 13 June. Contact with any points you would like to include in the BCC submission to this consultation.

CDS: New Customs for Exports/Imports
Tuesday 21 May, 9.30am-1.00pm

This training will highlight what you need to know to be able to accurately complete a simple customs declaration and to understand the Customs regimes and will focus on completion of a customs declaration on CDS.

How to move your Export Declarations to the new Customs Declaration Service
Wednesday 22 May, 10.00-11.00am

Join us for this one-hour webinar where we are offering help and support to businesses that make their own export declarations to move from CHIEF to the CDS before 4 June 2024.

Commodity Codes Masterclass
Tuesday 4 June, 9.30am-1.00pm

This day course will provide an insight into what commodity codes are and how getting them wrong can have a big impact on your business.

Practical ATA Carnet Procedures
Thursday 6 June, 9.30am-1.30pm

Whether you are new to ATA Carnets and want to understand what they are and how they work or, you already utilise them for your temporary exports and want to make sure you are using them correctly and compliantly, this course will be useful for you.

Register here. Remember to select Cambridge Chamber member to receive a 10% discount.

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.
Just six weeks to go...

This full day conference will be an opportunity for business leaders from across the UK, and the globe, to come together to discuss the key challenges to build a better future for business, the economy, and people in our local communities.

The conference will be centred around five key breakout sessions:
  • People and Work
  • Global Britain
  • Digital Revolution
  • Green Innovation
  • Local Economy of the Future.
Confirmed speakers:

Andrew Bailey, Governor, Bank of England

Amanda Blanc DBE, Group Chief Executive Officer, Aviva

Nicola Mendelsohn CBE, Head of Global Business Group, Meta

Away from the sessions, the Networking Zone is an opportunity for delegates to meet existing and new contacts; and the exhibition stands will see the best of British business, and the Chamber Network, from across the UK and around the world showcasing their work.
Find out more and register
Contact the Chamber

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