International Trade Club returns face-to-face
We're holding our first face-to-face International Trade Club this month and have invited the Department for International Trade and WorldFirst along to be available to speak to you and answer your questions. This event is informal but we do ask you to register to give us an idea of numbers.

We have also introduced a new course to our International Trade training programme looking at commodity codes. Further details can be found below.

Also included this month is an update on Ukraine including the suspension of ATA Carnets.

If you have any queries please get in touch with our International Trade team by emailing or telephone 01223 237414.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
International Trade Club: Informal Networking
Wednesday 30 March, 5.00-6.30pm
Quy Mill Hotel, Church Road, Stow-cum-Quy, Cambridge, CB25 9AF

An informal networking event for exporters, international service providers and those interested in accessing new markets overseas.

Whether you are already involved in international trade or considering expanding into new markets, International Trade Club offers a unique informal environment to share experience and expertise.

  • Learn more about markets and successful strategies by talking to other exporters
  • Form relevant connections across the globe
  • Hear the latest initiatives and meet those that can help to support your international trade activities
  • Obtain export documentation advice from the Chambers’ in-house international trade team.
This month we welcome representatives from Department for International Trade and WorldFirst, an international payments business helping you collect and send money globally, who will be available to answer questions.

This free event is open to all businesses and you don’t need to be a Chamber member to take advantage of this specialist networking opportunity. It’s designed so you can drop by at the end of the day between 5.00-6.30pm, connect with others and exchange ideas, ask questions and offer advice.

Register here > 


NEW Understanding Commodity Codes
Tuesday 12 April, 9.30am-1.00pm

A commodity code is a sequence of numbers made up of six, eight or 10 digits.

The commodity code determines:
  • The customs duties and other charges levied on the goods
  • The preferential treatments that may apply to their import
  • The restrictions and prohibitions that may apply to the import, export or transit of the goods.
Six-digit commodity codes are HS codes (WCO Harmonized System). They are used worldwide in monitoring trade volumes and applying international trade measures to goods. The HS nomenclature forms the basis for the eight-digit Combined Nomenclature and the 10-digit Taric Nomenclature.

Eight or 10-digit commodity codes are used in import and export declarations and in statistics declarations on internal trade between EU countries (Intrastat declarations).

By attending this course we will ensure you:
  • Are aware of what a commodity code is and what it is used for
  • Understand the process of how to classify goods
  • Successfully classify a range of goods
  • Understand the importance of getting your commodity codes correct.
Register your place here.

Coming up this month…

Inward and Outward Processing
Thursday 24 March, 9.30am-1.00pm

This course will cover special procedures and the benefits of using IP and OP in your compliance.

As well as reviewing the IP application form and the C99/ C&E812 suspension returns, we will also look at what internal processes are required.

Register here > 

Understanding Rules of Origin
Tuesday 29 March, 9.30am-1.00pm

This course will explain all aspects of the Rules of Origin and Trade Agreements and how to understand and comply with them to help companies be more competitive in export markets.

Register here > 

Update on Ukraine

Regular structured dialogue between business organisations and the Department for International Trade on the war in Ukraine is expected to be initiated within the coming weeks. This will include discussions about the impact on supply chains. We will share further details as they are confirmed.

A reminder that the British Chamber of Commerce team has put together a Q&A on trade with Ukraine, Russia and Belarus which may be useful for you and your members. This will be regularly update to reflect and new guidance.

ChamberCustoms is offering free export declarations for groups colleting and transporting humanitarian aid out of the UK. See further information here. 

HM Revenue and Customs has put together a document including advice for business and charities on providing humanitarian aid to Ukrainian refugees.

Suspension of ATA Carnet operations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine

Due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine and the subsequent introduction of trade sanctions against Belarus and Russia, please note the following:

  1. Carnet issuance to Belarus, Russia and Ukraine is suspended until further notice.
  2. Traders who are already in any of the above countries and unable to re-export their goods before their Carnet expires must apply for a Replacement Carnet.
  3. Issuing bodies are reminded that the following rules apply to issuance of Replacement Carnets:
  • Replacement must be issued before the Original Carnet expires.
  • Replacement must be validated by NCU (email: / Telephone: 0300 322 7064).
  • Original and Replacement Carnets must be presented together to the host Customs, before the Original Carnet expires, so that the liability can be transferred from the Original to Replacement Carnet.
The above rules are effective immediately.

Trade update

The second round of the UK-India trade negotiations are now underway. A briefing on the outcomes should be available shortly.

Last week the BCC took part in a themed discussion on the impact of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) on UK advanced manufacturing, including conformity assessment and UKCA/CE marking of industrial goods.

The UK and global prosperity: breaking the barriers to trade
Thursday 24 March, 10.00am

Join the British Chambers of Commerce Director General, Shevaun Haviland, in discussion with The Economist.

Topics covered in the webinar include:
  • The current trade barriers in the business environment
  • What new roadblocks are emerging
  • How digital trends in global trade will create opportunities.
The event will explore how the power of financial flows can be harnessed for SMEs to bridge the trade finance gap and how businesses can build resilience in their supply chains.

Register here >

What is localisation and why is it important?
Top Tips from Iwona Lebiedowicz, founder of PAB Languages Centre

Our world is more connected than it’s ever been before. As a business owner, I’m always conscious of the next opportunity for growth that these wider connections create for us all. However, failing to adapt your product or service marketing to different regions will impact your ability to grow your business.

Read more >

Movement Assistance Scheme: contact Defra helplines with your enquiries

To provide a more efficiently run service, the 0330 0416 580 helpline number is to close on 1 April 2022.

For help and advice from the teams answering Movement Assistance Scheme (MAS) and GB-NI trade questions, please use one of these numbers to contact the appropriate Defra department.

Keeping you informed
We will keep you informed and up to date on developments that affect traders moving goods from Great Britain to Northern Ireland.

Should you have any questions or queries about this in the meantime, please email us at

Contact the Chamber

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