Visit the Chambers' International Trade stand at Huntingdonshire Business Fair tomorrow
Tomorrow I'm at Huntingdonshire Business Fair manning our International Trade stand with Ascendant - Worldwide Payments and VAT IT. If you have any international trade questions you would like answering, come and find us on Stand 58. 

On Tuesday 3 May the International Trade team are attending a meeting in the morning. Please be aware that there could be a delay in processing any online documentation for a couple of hours.

Please see below for information on rejected Certificates of Origin, the latest trade updates and training courses plus events on doing business with Belgium.

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
UK Certificates of Origin being rejected

We have been made aware that recently a number of UK Certificates of Origins have been rejected by customs authorities as they have been unable to verify the UK Certificate of Origin on the ICC Certification of Origin verification website.

Certificates of Origin prepared on one of our online platforms are automatically uploaded and can be verified on the website. Manual documents cannot be uploaded to the site.

So far the countries for which this is a particular problem are Russia and Azerbaijan but we expect more countries to use this site going forward.

Given the increasing use of the ICC Certificate of Origin verification website by customs authorities we encourage anyone that still raises manual applications to move across to the online platforms.

If you have any queries, please give us a call on 01223 237414 and speak with someone in the International Trade team.

International presence at Huntingdonshire Business Fair

The Chamber, along with Ascendant and VAT IT, are exhibiting at Huntingdonshire Business Fair tomorrow to provide International Support to companies.

If you have questions on overseas payments, VAT issues relating to international trade or documentation queries, including Customs Declarations, come along to Stand 58 and get the answers.

Huntingdonshire Business Fair takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 27 April, from 10.00am-4.00pm at Burgess Hall in St Ives. There are a range of companies exhibiting plus a full programme of seminars taking place during the day.


Understanding Exporting
Tuesday 10 May, 9.30am-1.00pm

Bitesize Workshop: Export Strategy
Tuesday 10 May, 3.00-4.00pm

Understanding Importing
Thursday 19 May, 9.30am-1.00pm

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

Ukraine Support - recent updates

Our Ukraine Hub contains updated information and guidance for businesses about the situation in Ukraine. This will continue to be updated as and when new guidance is received.

On Thursday 21 April, further individuals and entities have been added to the sanctions list. On the evening of Thursday 14 April, new sanctions legislation came into force introducing the UK ban on iron and steel product imports from Russia and Belarus, and on exports of oil refining goods, quantum computing, advanced materials technology and luxury goods. 

The rules prohibiting goods imports from Crimea to the UK have now also been extended to goods from other Russian-occupied areas of Ukraine, including Donbas.

The World Trade Organisation downgraded its forecasts for global trade volume growth this year and next as a result of the war in Ukraine and lockdowns in China.

Guidance is available from the UK government to employers on offering work to Ukrainian nationals who have arrived here.

Trade update

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) will be participating in this week’s inaugural meeting of the Domestic Advisory Group on the implementation of the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement.

Last week, the BCC spoke with the German Embassy in London about our recommendations on UK-EU Trade. BCC will be intensifying their engagement with EU member state embassies in the UK over the coming months.

Yesterday, BCC Director General Shevaun Haviland was a keynote speaker at the UK/US Dialogues on the Future of Atlantic Trade in Aberdeen. Key issues included digital trade, supply chains, SMEs, levelling up and green trade.

EU-UK Gateway Series: A Guide for businesses 'from A to Z'
Thursday 28 April, 3.00pm and Thursday 5 May, 3.00pm

This event covers all practical aspects of doing business with Belgium or with Europe via Belgium. It will cover the stages and processes that companies face when they want to establish a business in the Belgian market or want to reach the European market via Belgium.

The series consists of two events taking place on Thursday 28 April at 2.00pm CET, 3.00pm UK time and Thursday 5 May at 2.00pm CET, 3.00pm UK time. Click the date links above to find out more and register.

Contact the Chamber

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