International Trade Update: Documentation over Christmas, training courses and webinars plus the latest Trade Update
Documentation processing over the Christmas Break

The Chamber will close at 1.00pm on Friday 24 December and re-open at 9.00am on Tuesday 4 January.

We will process online documents on Friday 31 December from 10.00am-1.00pm. Please ensure you upload all supporting paperwork to enable us to process these applications or email

The last date for submitting consular documentation is 11.00am on Monday 20 December. Documents submitted after this time will not be processed until Tuesday 4 January.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
Customs Entries

We are aware that trade does not cease simply because of the Festive Period, so for any of our Customs Declarations customers, please be assured that we will be processing Import, Export and Transit Declarations over the Christmas Period (excluding 25-26 December and 1 January).

If you are expecting a shipment to arrive or depart over the Christmas period please ensure you let us know as early as possible, but specifically before 5.00pm on Thursday 23 December by email

Our email will be monitored over the festive period for any last minute shipments that are unplanned. If shipments are not notified to us we will not be able to process them after they have arrived as rules allowing us to do this change on 1 January 2022.

Major trading changes are coming - do you know what they are?

A year on from the deal which defined the terms in which the UK would depart from the EU, the BCC and ChamberCustoms have continued to campaign for greater clarity on the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU and to provide answers on the practical changes that will affect business.

Join these online webinars that will review and analyse the last 12 months of the UK establishing a new relationship with the European Union.

Brexit, What Brexit?
Thursday 9 December, 11.00am-12.00pm

With the ending of Staged Customs Controls on 31 December, what impact will a fully controlled UK border have on traders.

For lots of traders, the UK departure from the EU customs union has brought little change. Supplies have continued to arrive at their business, there has been no real increase in paperwork and their EU suppliers seem happy to keep delivering.

If this is your business our webinar will cover what records you should have kept but didn't. What customs entries you should have made but missed. And more importantly, what action you can take now to avoid future fines and penalties?

Register here > 

Full on Brexit
Tuesday 14 December, 2.00-3.00pm

Staged Customs Controls end on 31 December, meaning that the free flow of goods that has prevailed since Brexit Day will come to an end on 31 December 2022.

All EU imports will need to be accounted for with a full customs declaration. There will be new sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) arrangements, new pre-notification deadlines and a new inspection regime. This will apply to all EU exports and imports.

This webinar will discuss the changes and what practical steps you can take to reduce the possibility that your goods will be delayed at the UK border as well as what economic impact we should expect from the full implementation of the Trade Continuity Agreement.

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 next week:

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

Rules of Origin are the major factor in FTA agreements. This course will explain how this is calculated and the benefits of having UK Origin.

Trade Update

The upgraded Norway-UK trade agreement has come into force. It offers further trade reductions, labour mobility opportunities and expansion of digital trade through electronic contracts and signatures.

The UK Board of Trade published a new policy paper on digital trade at its meeting in Derry/Londonderry last week, covering the UK’s current and forthcoming trade negotiations and outlining greater opportunities for e-commerce and data flows.

Contact the Chamber

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