Trading with the EU and Northern Ireland
plus important VAT event on Thursday and IP & OP training
global update from John Bridge OBE DL

SME Toolkit

A new summary of actions businesses may need to take to trade with the EU is now available.

The document provides an overview of actions to take, outlines support, helplines and resources that may be useful for SMEs, and signposts more detailed guidance on Government websites.

To view the toolkit, click here.

Business Information

UPDATED: Value Added Tax EU Exit Transitional Provisions:
Guidance on the VAT treatment of transactions, or movement of goods which span the end of the transition period, has been updated at Section 6: Financial services, and includes a link to the new detailed guidance on transitional guidance for VAT specified supplies.

For more information, click here.


UPDATED: UK trade agreements with non-EU countries:
The list of trade agreements has been updated to reflect the signing and entry into effect of the Ghana-UK EPA.

For more information, click here.

Moving Goods

NEW: Moving goods to Ireland:
Irish Customs have introduced some additional functionality for those using the Pre-Boarding Notifications service - providing text and email updates for channel routings for loads.

For more information, click here.

UPDATED: List of customs agents and fast parcel operators:
The list of agents and operators who can help submit customs declarations, has been updated.

For more information, click here.

Please note
that Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce can submit Customs Declarations on your behalf - contact the International Trade Team on 01223 237414.

Northern Ireland

NEW: Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) expanded to support organic produce:
Traders moving organic products to Northern Ireland are now eligible for support following the expansion of a scheme designed to ease the flow of agri-food goods from Great Britain.

For more information about this announcement click here, and for more information on the new scheme, click here. 

UPDATED: Applying for authorisation for the UK Trader Scheme if you bring goods into Northern Ireland: Guidance on applying for authorisation for the UK Trader Scheme has been updated to include new information about authorisation requirements.

For more information, click here. 

If you do not have experience in customs or would like to find out more information, you can register with the Trader Support Service to support you with this process.

UPDATED: Declaring goods you bring into Northern Ireland not ‘at risk’ of moving to the EU: Guidance has been updated with information about making a declaration based on expected outcomes. Further information about rules of origin requirements and preferential rates when bringing goods into Northern Ireland has also been added.

For more information, click here. 

Webinars and Podcasts

  • NEW: Trading with the EU: A calendar of upcoming webinars for organisations that trade with the EU is available here. Topics include: importing, trader responsibilities, exporting and more.

  • NEW: Webinars giving an overview of the new rules that have come into place since leaving the EU customs union and the EU single market are now available to view now, to access these, click here. 

  • NEW: Webinars for importers of food and drink products from the EU to Great Britain. Register for webinars and watch recordings of webinars about changes to importing food and drink, including composite food and fishery products from the EU to GB from 1 April 2021. For more information, click here.  

  • NEW: YouTube video on trader responsibilities when using an intermediary has been added. To view this, click here.

  • Video content to keep your business moving: short on-demand videos covering the new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and hiring are available to view here. 
Cyber Aware Campaign

The National Cyber Security Centre have launched a self-assessment tool to help sole traders and micro businesses check how safe they are from cyber threats, and to give advice on areas of improvement. To use the toolkit and for more information visit 

Navigating Trade Compliance Post-Brexit
Thursday 11 March, 4.00-5.00pm

The Chamber is proud to partner with re:TRADE, powered by VAT IT, to provide clarity and guidance to businesses on the effects of Brexit on trade.

Brexit poses cumbersome challenges to companies that sell goods cross-borders between UK and EU. Several new and existing requirements - such as VAT registration, EORI numbers, customs, and Import VAT charges - must be met in order for companies to continue trading compliantly while maintaining efficiency and customer satisfaction.

In this webinar, experts on trade and VAT compliance will cover tips on how to overcome new supply chain challenges, potential financial and compliance pitfalls, and how companies can achieve trade continuity in the new era.

Join us to hear re:TRADE experts speak and take part in a live Q&A.

Register here >
Inward and Outward Processing
Tuesday 16 March, 10.00am-2.30pm

Inward Processing and Outward Processing are Customs procedures for goods that are entering the country for a process or are returning to the country after a process has been completed. A 'process' could be service such as inspection, repair or modification.

Inward Processing allows for the relief from customs duty and import VAT on the importation of non-EU goods that are processed and then exported outside the EU.

Outward processing allows Community goods to be processed abroad and, when they come back into the Community to be put into free circulation, that duty has to be paid only on the value added abroad.

After this course you will:
  • Have an understanding of the advantages of claiming IPR or OPR
  • Understand customs regimes and the tariff
  • Know what documentation is required to claim IPR and OPR.
Register online as a Chamber member or email Sadie Parr company name, delegate name(s), job title(s) and email address(es).

£280.00 (plus VAT) Chamber members
£375.00 (plus VAT) non-Chamber members
Contact the Chamber

01223 237414 •
Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
Clifford House, 2 Station Yard, Oakington, Cambridge, CB24 3AH