Trade updates that will affect your
International Trade activities
A series of webinars are taking place from 28 July - 16 August to explain the new UK conformity assessment marking (UKCA) and placing goods on the market in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

These webinars are for:
  • Businesses who have a role or involvement in the manufacturing or supply of CE or UKCA marked goods onto the Great British market
  • Trade associations and organisations representing sectors which require the CE or UKCA marking
More details and a link to register can be found below.

We also provide Ukraine and Trade updates, details of a strategy for legal migration and border control, and a reminder of the closure of CHIEF.

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
Webinars for using the UKCA marking and placing goods on the market in Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The UK now has its own robust regulatory framework for goods. Manufacturers need to start using the UK conformity assessment marking (UKCA) to place goods on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales). The UKCA regime seeks to ensure consumers are protected from unsafe, and non-compliant goods.

These webinars give an overview of the new responsibilities and regulations for businesses. Each product type may have specific requirements detailed in legislation and specific guidance which we cannot cover in detail during the session.

Click here for webinar details.


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.

Ukraine update

New legislation prohibiting the export of certain professional services such as management consultancy, accountancy and public relations to Russia or persons connected with Russia came into force last week. The new rules also cover supply and delivery of energy-related goods.

Trade updates

Last week, UK trade negotiations with Israel were launched by UK and Israeli Ministers for an upgraded trade agreement in the services, digital and green trade areas. Read the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) comments on the negotiations here. 

The BCC has been engaging with the UK government about the details on customs and SPS of the UK’s trade negotiations with India. This is expected to conclude by 24 October this year and is an important step towards us having full involvement in the trading terms being negotiated. A memorandum of understanding on mutual recognition of academic qualifications has been reached between the UK and India.

A memorandum of understanding was reached between the UK government and the US state of North Carolina. This provides a framework for investment and trade co-operation and follows an earlier agreement with the state of Indiana.

The UK government has published its consultation document on the introduction of a Single Trade Window from the end of 2023. The deadline for responses is Thursday 15 September.

A reminder that new requirements for goods sent by cargo, express or post to or via the EU by air freight are being introduced on 1 March 2023. See further information on the new rules here. 

Legal migration and border control strategy

The Home Office has published a legal migration and border control strategy.

This strategy statement sets out their ambition for transformational change for everyone using their systems and crossing the UK border.

The strategy sets out the steps they are taking to 2025 to reach their vision for a streamlined, digital system which responds to customer needs and enhances the security of the UK.

Read more here.

REMINDER: If you import you need to take action now

The Customs Handling Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) is closing for all import declarations on Friday 30 September 2022.

The system is no longer accepting new registration requests from importers, instead they need to register with the Customs Declaration Service (CDS) to make their import declarations.

CDS will replace CHIEF representing a significant upgrade by providing businesses with a more user-friendly, streamlined system that offers greater functionality.

This marks the first step towards the government’s vision of a Single Trade Window, which will have considerable benefits for businesses through reduced form-filling, better data use across government and a smoother experience for users.

To use CDS there are a number of actions that you need to take now. CDS operates differently to CHIEF and as your customs agent we can help you to understand the new data elements, the CDS tariff, how to operate your CDS deferment account and how the cash account system works.

Get in touch today by emailing or telephone 01223 237414.

Contact the Chamber

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