Maximising the Benefit of Tariff Free Deals
ChamberCustoms are holding a free webinar next Monday looking at trade agreements and where they can deliver competitive advantages for businesses. If you're interested in attending please register using the link in the copy below.

Please note that Arab embassies are closed this week as they celebrate Eid so there could be a delay in any documentation that is being legalised. 

This week we provide the latest trade updates. 

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
ChamberCustoms webinar: Rules of Origin and Tariff-Free Trade
Monday 9 May, 2.00-3.00pm

What is the 'Origin' of these goods? It can appear like an easy question, but it can be a bit more complicated to answer.

Under the EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement the rules extend to 37 pages, in the Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan they run to 27. Each set of rules is broadly similar but it’s the product specific details that provide advantage for each party.

This webinar will aim to help identify where trade agreements can deliver competitive advantage for businesses in the UK. We will be joined by experts on maximising the benefit of tariff free deals and by colleagues from the Department of International Trade who are negotiating to increase free trade and expand our exports into new markets.

Register here > 


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.

The UK government has announced that tariffs on imports of goods from Ukraine will be lowered to zero. The EU also confirmed zero-tariff, zero-quota access to Ukrainian imports for one year. 

Trade update

The British Chambers of Commerce Director-General Shevaun Haviland was a keynote speaker at last Monday’s UK/US Dialogue on the Future of Atlantic trade.  The speech was very well received and listed five key areas for action by both sides to boost UK-US trade in the coming months and years.

The UK and US governments released a Joint Statement on the outcomes of the Aberdeen UK/US Dialogues, including workstreams on digital trade, green trade, SMEs, supply chains and other areas. Click here to see BCC's reaction to that statement. We look forward to contributing strongly to this work, leading up to and beyond the SME Dialogues in June.

The UK government has announced the delay of July’s introduction of the requirements for inbound GB border controls, including requirements for export health certificates (EHCs) on food imports, safety and security declarations, and border checks on food animal origin products. These are now delayed until the end of 2023.

A consultation with business and industry will be launched on a Target Operating Model to be published in the autumn. This aims to activate these border processes alongside the introduction of the Single Trade Window intended from the end of 2023. The new Model is expected to apply to all imports from across the globe.

The UK and Swiss governments have launched plans for an upgraded trade agreement between both countries. The existing agreement does not cover trade in services, which is expected to be a key priority of these negotiations. An eight-week consultation has commenced today and submissions are due by Wednesday 22 June at 11.45am (UK time).

Statement on the introduction of planned import controls on EU goods from July 2022

Import controls on EU goods planned from July will not be introduced in 2022. The controls that have already been introduced remain in place.

The full statement from the Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency may be viewed here. 

Customs, VAT and Excise UK transition legislation from 1 January 2021

This collection brings together Customs, VAT and Excise EU Exit legislation and notices that have the force of law applicable to UK transition.

Change made:
Updated with: Notices made under s32A of the Taxation (Cross-border Trade) Act 2018.

Changes to the dual-use control list

Please read Notice to Exporters 202216 for a list of changes to the dual-use control list.

The detailed control list changes are detailed in Article 2 of The Trade in Dual-Use Items (Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009) (Amendment) Regulations 2022. 

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