International Trade Update:
Imports of prohibited and restricted products from the EU, webinars and training
Our latest update continues to highlight changes becoming effective from 1 January 2022, and provides access to key information on Export Strategies and Trade changes.

Please familiarise yourself with these changes. Do not hesitate to contact the International Trade Team with any queries you may have by calling the office on 01223 237414 or emailing us at

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
Imports of Prohibited and Restricted Products from the European Union

Certain Products of Animal Origin can continue to be imported from the European Union (EU) from 1 January 2022

Last week, an updated Border Operating Model was published by the Government. The Border Operating Model confirmed that the grace period for Prohibitions and Restrictions (P&Rs) on certain Products of Animal Origin (POAO) imports will continue.

From 1 January 2022, businesses can continue to import the following commodities from the EU into Great Britain until 30 June 2022:
  • Chilled minced meat (beef, pork, lamb, mutton and goat)
  • Chilled and frozen minced poultry meat
  • Mechanical separated meat from porcine, poultry and ratite or game birds
  • Ungraded eggs
  • Chilled meat preparations.
The UK Government is committed to the highest standards of animal health and biosecurity, and the extension of the grace period for these products presents a low biosecurity risk.

The UK Government will continue to review the biosecurity and public health risks associated with these products, and the future long-term imports policy in this area, which will be supported by scientific evidence.

For further information visit GOV.UK.

ChamberCustoms webinar: International Trade Survey Results
Monday 6 December, 2.00-3.00pm

Against a backdrop of Brexit and COVID-19 disruption, manufacturers are experiencing huge increases in the cost of labour, energy and raw materials.

This session will present the results of our latest International Trade Survey and reveal the impact that the past year has had on trader confidence, investment plans, new markets and getting goods into and out of the UK.

Just what impact has the TCA had on exports to the EU and what confidence have traders gained in expanding their global reach under the UK Free Trade Agreements?

Register here > 

International Trade Training Courses

The dates for our 2022 courses have been set and are available to view and book via our website.

We have incorporated three new courses:
  • Import / Export Diagnostics Workshop
  • An introduction to IPAFFS
  • Understanding Logistics
Four new hour-long Bitesize Webinars:
  • Export Strategy
  • Export Marketing
  • Documentation
  • Logistics and Brokerage.
If you are unsure which of our courses would be beneficial for your business please discuss with our International Trade Team by calling 01223 237414 or emailing

Coming up in December:

Inward and Outward Processing
Tuesday 7 December, 10.00am-2.30pm

Understanding Rules of Origin
Tuesday 14 December, 10.00am-2.30pm

Trade Update

The UK government has issued its Export Strategy, which has at its centre a 12 point plan to raise UK export levels, with reference to UK Export Finance, Trade Academy and other measures. Shevaun Haviland, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), participated in a Ministerial roundtable on the strategy on Monday with International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP. The BCC had comments included in The Department of International Trade’s (DIT) press release on the strategy. 

DIT issued the first in a series of papers on trade which sets out the economic underpinnings of the Export Strategy, the UK’s particular strengths in goods and services exports in the years ahead and how increases in exports contribute to the UK government’s cross-cutting agenda on Net Zero, productivity and levelling up.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) wrote to 155,000 companies as part of their campaign on proving origin of goods to/from the EU after 1 January 2022. 

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) published its World Trade Report 2021. It outlines the effects the pandemic had on global trade and makes the case for more trade co-operation between countries. The WTO Ministerial Conference (MC12) gets underway on 30 November with services, SMEs, and sustainability policy looking the most likely areas for agreement.

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Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce
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