Are you prepared for the new Customs Declaration Service
HMRC are joining the British Chambers of Commerce to deliver a free webinar designed to help prepare traders moving from CHIEF to CDS. Details of this webinar and the link to register can be found below.

Tomorrow we are holding our webinar on trading with the US. It's not too late to register to attend this event and hear guidance on US Trade and Markets.
The next International Trade Sector Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday 8 June. If you have a topic or agenda item that you would like the committee to discuss, or an idea for an event, please let me know. This is your opportunity to help structure this committee and the events that we deliver.

This week we also mention the UK-Mexico trade negotiations, detail our forthcoming training courses and 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
From CHIEF to CDS: Prepare to move to the new Customs Declaration Service
Monday 6 June, 2.00-3.30pm

Is your company aware of the CHIEF switch off dates, and do you know how to prepare for your migration?

Whether you file your own customs declarations, use an agent, or make declarations on behalf of others, you will find this webinar packed with useful information. The webinar will help you plan for the migration, understand the time for the move itself, your personnel training, internal system changes and communications to avoid disruption and to ensure a seamless transition.

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) is joined by HMRC in this free webinar event, to help and support you through this process.

Event speakers will include:
  • Exports from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • Liam Smyth - Director of Trade Facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce and Managing Director of ChamberCustoms
  • Emmanuel Gianquitto - Head of Operations at ChamberCustoms.


How to Navigate Trade between the UK and USA
Wednesday 25 May, 3.00-4.00pm

At this one-hour online webinar we will be looking at how as a UK trader you can
navigate into the US Market and, once there, how to maximise your business potential.

Topics we will cover:

  • How to initiate entry into the US Markets successfully
  • How to maximise your business presence in the USA
  • Compliance/Legal requirements to watch out for when trading with the US
  • Logistics and Customs.
Register here > 


Customs Procedures and Documentation
Tuesday 7 June, 9.30am-1.00pm

The course looks at the procedures required to deal with customs and the information that is required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported from the UK.

Bitesize Workshop: Export Marketing
Tuesday 7 June, 3.00-4.00pm

Find out how to market your products and services overseas in this one-hour workshop.

Understanding Commodity Codes
Friday 17 June, 9.30am-1.00pm

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 all our courses on the Chamber website.

Courses can also be tailored to meet your company’s specific requirements. For more information about a bespoke course for your company, which can be delivered remotely or in person, please contact the Chamber on 01223 237414.

BCC welcomes launch of UK-Mexico trade negotiations

Trade Ministers from the UK and Mexico have launched negotiations on an improved trade agreement between the two countries.

Current trade terms are based on a continuity agreement put in place when the UK left the EU. 

Reacting to news of the launch William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Mexico is a key market for exporting firms, particularly in Northern Ireland and the North-East of England, from business services to food and drink.

“We want to see an ambitious new agreement that focuses on the growing market in green trade, as well as future proofing access for further expansion in services.

“Other key factors will be effective labour mobility and business travel schemes, and reduced costs for exporters through strong digital trade provisions.

“We also want to see arrangements on rules of origin which provide manufacturers with similar flexibilities on supply chains to those currently in place, as well as the benefits of further tariff reductions.

“A modern agreement has the potential to boost opportunities in Mexico for UK exporters in a growing and exciting market - the 15th  largest economy in the world in 2020.”   

NTE 2022/17: military end use controls update

Please read Notice to Exporters 2022/17 for details of the changes to the military end-use control which came into effect on 19 May 2022.

Military end use controls are a catch-all control and further guidance can be found at end-use controls applying to military related items.

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Trade update

Last week the Secretary of State for International Trade, Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP, made a keynote speech in London on green trade. She announced an Expo in the North East of England for the autumn to bring together exporters of green goods and services with investors. Additional loan support from UK Export Finance was also awarded to UK green exporting companies.

The BCC had a call with the Minister Lee Rowley MP from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on the Protocol on Ireland/NI. This was following Liz Truss’ statement to MPs last Tuesday about the UK government’s plans for legislation. The BCC emphasised the need for a negotiated settlement for stability and certainty for UK businesses and the importance of maintaining an open dialogue with us over the coming weeks.

Contact the Chamber

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