Trade updates to support your international activities
If you trade with Egypt and have your documentation legalised, please make a note of the embassy closure below for Eid ul Adha.

This week we provide a number of updates that you should be aware of including the end of the CHIEF system in September this year, and the need for new importers to register with the Customs Declarations Service.

Our training courses are also listed below. Bookings close tomorrow for our Understanding a Customs Declaration course which takes place on Thursday and takes you through the process of completing a declaration step by step.

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
Eid ul Adha Holiday Announcement

Please note that the Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce have advised that the Consulate of the Arab Republic of Egypt in London will be closed from 11-15 July 2022 due to celebration of Eid ul Adha.

Therefore, any documentation that requires legalisation for Egypt is subject to delays.

EU-Ukraine business matchmaking platform

As part of its support for Ukraine, the European Commission has launched an EU - Ukraine business matchmaking platform to facilitate logistics operations for exporting and importing goods to and from Ukraine.

Businesses can register for free and search for relevant business partners and opportunities.

This platform aims to bring European and Ukrainian businesses together quickly so that they may find pragmatic solutions to the export of agricultural produce from Ukraine to support their economy and alleviate this threat to food security. The platform is supported by the UK government.


Step by Step Understanding a Customs Declaration
Thursday 7 July, 9.30am-1.00pm

This course will highlight what you need to know to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently for both the import and export of goods, including taking you through step-by-step guidance on completing the SAD C88 form. We will also look at some of the common pitfalls and make attendees aware of the mistakes often made by newcomers to customs declarations.

Understanding Rules of Origin
Thursday 14 July, 9.30am-1.00pm

This session 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.

Understanding Logistics
Tuesday 19 July, 9.30am-1.00pm

This course will cover a number of points around logistics including:

  • Definitions of transport
  • Differences with pallets
  • Cargo and marine insurance
  • Hazardous goods and dangerous goods notes
  • Understanding commodity codes
  • The role of your customer and the paperwork
  • AEO.
Import / Export Diagnostics
Thursday 11 August, 9.30am-1.00pm

This workshop goes through key areas of procedures and compliance, preparing you for trading internationally either by exporting or importing. We will talk you through the steps you should take to get your procedures in order to ensure you meet HMRC requirements should they come out and inspect you.

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.

Trade updates

Last Monday the Northern Ireland Protocol Bill passed its second reading stage in the House of Commons. The Bill goes into committee, consideration and third reading stages before moving to the House of Lords. BCC will have continued engagement with the UK government, Parliamentarians, and the EU in the coming weeks and months on the Bill's implications for GB-NI, NI-EU and UK-EU trade.

The Trade Policy Committee had a thorough discussion on the steel safeguards duties and tariff rate quota issues last week. The British Chambers of Commerce are preparing a collective response to the UK government and others. Please email if you have any further examples of shortages of imports on particular categories of steel products.

New open general export licences published

Notice to Exporters 2022/19 details the two new Open General Export Licences (OGELs) that come into force on 28 June 2022 covering a range of military and dual use exports to India:

  • Open General Export Licence (military goods and technology: India)
  • Open General Export Licence (dual-use items: India).

New importers to register on new single customs platform

New importers need to register with the Customs Declaration Service to make their import declarations from 5 July 2022.

The Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) is now receiving few new registrations ahead of closing for all import declarations on 30 September 2022. The system will stop accepting new registration requests from importers from 10.00am on 5 July 2022. Instead, they will need to register with the Customs Declaration Service to make their import declarations.

Read more here.

Request Customs Declaration Service data on imports

Find out how to request and buy Customs Declaration Service data from HMRC if you're a company that imports goods.

Details here.

Contact the Chamber

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