New Out of Hours Customs Service from the Chamber
To support shipments that travel overnight or over a weekend, and to ensure your goods can cross the border without incurring port charges and demurrage costs, the Chamber are now offering an Out of Hours service. Please see details of this new service below.

The Chamber are proud to be part of ChamberCustoms.
Please watch this short video to understand what we can do to support you with your international trade activities.

Next weeks training course covers Customs Procedures and Documentation and the recent changes that you need to be aware of. This course is ideal to understand the new requirements and we encourage you to book a place.

If you have any queries please email the International Trade team at or telephone 01223 237414.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
Out of Hours ChamberCustoms

Since 1 January 2022 we have noticed that many EU imports/exports are travelling across the borders under inventory linking, and many of these shipments are travelling overnight. Now that your goods have to be pre-lodged before arriving at the border, this means that if cargo inventory linking is required and the manifest is not raised until after 5.00pm, your goods will not be permitted to cross the border in the arriving country because we only usually operate a 9.00am-5.00pm service Monday-Friday. This may result in you incurring port charges and demurrage costs, particularly if goods are coming in over the weekend and will be held for more than a few hours.

On this basis, Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce have put in place procedures for us to ensure any shipments going out overnight or at the weekend are covered by us on an ‘Out of Hours Service’. The cost of this will be an additional £10.00 (plus VAT)*. As long as we are provided with the customs declaration instructions by 3.00pm on the day of shipment (or by 3.00pm Friday if a weekend shipment) we will be able to process the declaration and claim inventory out of hours, ensuring your goods can cross the borders smoothly.

*additional costs may be applied if the information supplied to us for claiming inventory is incorrect, or other amendments are required to clear goods.

To be able to do this, you must ensure that you are providing the relevant container number, shipping vessel details and where possible the bill of lading number. This information is required in addition to any other information you would normally provide us.

TRAINING: Customs Procedures and Documentation

There have been many changes regarding trade with the EU and this has affected the documentation and procedures required for Customs.

Our training course on Thursday 10 February will focus on these changes and help you understand what is required to ensure your goods pass through Customs smoothly and without delay.

Register here >

Last chance to book: Understanding Logistics
Thursday 3 February, 9.30am-1.00pm

Logistics refers to the overall process of managing how resources are acquired, stored, and transported to their final destination.

By attending this course you will be given an insight into a number of points around logistics including:

  • Definitions of transport
  • Differences with pallets
  • Cargo and marine insurance
  • Hazardous goods and dangerous goods notes
  • Understanding commodity codes
  • The role of your customer and the paperwork
  • AEO.
Click here to register.

BCC says more must be done to improve UK-EU trade

On the second anniversary of Brexit, and with huge lorry queues being reported at Dover last week, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is calling for urgent action to improve trade with Europe.

With well over half of UK exporters (60%) surveyed by the BCC in November 2021 reporting difficulties in trading with the EU, an increase from 49 per cent in January 2021, it is clear urgent action is needed.

Pictures of lorries stacked up on the A20, waiting to get into the port of Dover, also offer a vivid illustration of the problems continuing to impact the operation of the trade deal between the UK and the EU.

The BCC has set out five key issues, and the solutions needed, to improve EU trade. Read the article here >

Trade update

Manufacturers in Northern Ireland using certain Chinese steel imports, such as bolts, washers and screws, face higher costs from the end of February as EU trade remedies, including duties of up to 90 per cent on those Chinese imports, will apply through the terms of the Protocol.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has published a new dashboard of UK trade performance over the past year, with some prior data where appropriate. It is due to be updated monthly.

Contact the Chamber

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