Chamber Training plus International Trade Club
and Trade Updates
Our training courses provide the knowledge to assist with your international trade activities. They are regularly updated with the latest changes to trade and we are introducing new courses all the time. The latest new addition looks at Commodity Codes. All our courses are held online via zoom. Below you will find details of our next three courses.

If you have not yet registered for next week's International Trade Club Informal Networking event please see details below. We are delighted that WorldFirst and The Department for International Trade will be attending. WorldFirst are an international payments business helping you move money around the world. The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps businesses export, drives inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade deals, and champions free trade.

We also bring you the latest trade updates and Ukraine support.

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

THIS THURSDAY: 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.

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.

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

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.
You can view the full list of courses on our website.

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.

This month we welcome representatives from The Department for International Trade and WorldFirst 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 > 

Ukraine support - updated materials and guidance

The British Chambers of Commerce have created a new resource on their website which contains information and guidance for businesses about the situation in Ukraine. Click here to view. This page will continue to be updated as and when new guidance is received.

Last week, a further tranche of UK sanctions on Russian goods and selected UK exports to Russia was announced by the UK government. HMG officials are hosting a webinar for businesses about the recent changes to UK sanctions relating to Russia on Thursday 24 March at 2.00pm.

A reminder that businesses and traders with questions relating to trading with Ukraine, Russia and Belarus can submit their enquiries to the Department for International Trade's Export Support Service or call the helpline on 0300 303 8955.

ChamberCustoms is continuing to offer free export declarations for groups collecting and transporting humanitarian aid out of the UK. See further information here. 

Trade Update

The UK and US Governments announced last week the new UK/US Dialogues on Atlantic Trade, with the first meeting in Maryland next Monday and Tuesday. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) welcomed the potential for results from this new process. The next meeting will be in late April in the UK.

January’s UK trade data released by the ONS continued the disappointing story for UK exports. Changes in methodology compared with the previous month make direct comparisons more difficult, but allowing for that UK exports to the EU fell by around seven per cent compared with December 2021. Here are BCC comments on the data.

DIT launched a new Maritime Capability Campaigns Office (MCCO) to manage UK maritime exports across the world, estimated to be worth £600m over the next five years. The UK Board of Trade also produced a policy paper on maritime trade this week.

The UK-Singapore Digital Economy Agreement (DEA) was laid before the UK Parliament last week at the start of its ratification process. The Agreement creates new opportunities in digital trade and easier data flows between the UK and Singapore.

EU Finance Ministers agreed their general approach last week for the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism Regulation, dealing with carbon intensive exports into the Single Market. The proposal will move to the European Parliament with a key Trade Committee vote being due in early June. The proposals are not expected to come into force until 2026.

Contact the Chamber

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