Support for your International Trade activities
The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Global Conference is only four weeks away and offers the opportunity to be part of thought-provoking discussions, talks and peer-to-peer sessions allowing you to explore and debate how we can individually and collectively rise to the challenges ahead. There will be a particular focus on people, planet and progress. See below for further details and how to register your place.

This week you can also read top tips on how localisation can benefit your business, latest training course information and the most recent 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
Global Annual Conference

We’re counting down to the British Chambers of Commerce Global Annual Conference 2022 which takes place on Thursday 30 June at the QEII Centre in London.

This year is an in-person event with a prestigious global line up of political and business leaders, including a senior cabinet minister.

Take a look at some of our speakers here and download the provisional programme to find out about the panel sessions taking place.

How can localisation benefit your business?

If you do business internationally, or would like to break into new markets, having a multilingual website is essential. 56 per cent of consumers said the ability to get information in their native language is even more important than price!

But it’s not just about translating your content and product descriptions, localisation goes much, much further, and ensures the investment you’ve made in your website gives you the growth you want.

Click here to see Top Tips from Iwona Lebiedowicz, founder of PAB Languages Centre


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 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, and 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.

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.
Register here >

Trade updates

Last week, UK and Mexico Trade Ministers launched negotiations for an upgraded trade agreement between the two countries. There are opportunities for new trading terms in green and digital trade as well as tariff reductions and revised rules of origin from this process. Read the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) comments on the negotiations here. 

A third round of trade negotiations between the UK and India was held in London earlier this month. Continued progress is being made in many areas. Key issues on services and labour mobility in any comprehensive trade agreement will require resolution later in the year.

The BCC recently engaged with Minister Lee Rowley MP from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the EU Embassy on latest developments around the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland. During these engagements we emphasised our position preferring a negotiated solution to compliance issues, offering stability for businesses, and averting any risk of tariffs on UK exports to the EU.

Last week, the BCC joined a stakeholder call with HM Revenue and Customs on the forthcoming consultation on a Target Operating Model at the GB border to be rolled out from late 2023. A White Paper is expected over the summer for industry input.

The election of the new government in Australia is not expected to affect ratification of the UK-Australia free trade agreement later in the year. Legislation as part of the ratification process in the UK has begun its path through the UK Parliament.

BCC respond to new trade framework deal with Indiana

Reacting to news of the deal, William Bain, Head of Trade Policy at the BCC, said: "We welcome the first Memorandum of Understanding reached between the UK and a US state - the Hoosier state - Indiana.

“Traders in the UK will hope this is the first stage in a process, with both State Houses and the US Federal Government, that leads to a clear boost to UK exports.

“We want to see cuts to the costs and red tape for exporters, help for supply chain co-operation, new opportunities for green trade, secure mutual recognition of professional qualifications, wider services access and new business travel options." 

Contact the Chamber

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