Two free webinars covering the switch to CDS Imports
and Customs Health Audits 
I would like to remind you that the Royal Mail strike action has started and the dates of further strike days can be found below. Please allow additional time when submitting manual documents for processing.

The latest trade updates are shown below along with details of training courses, webinars and a 'Growing Globally' networking lunch.

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
Royal Mail Strike Action

Please note that Royal Mail have announced dates for strike action. Therefore please be aware that there could be delays in us receiving any postal documentation applications and further delays in the return of your documents.

The strike dates are Wednesday 31 August, Thursday 8 September and Friday 9 September.

Trade Update

The UK and Ukraine have announced negotiations on a new digital trade agreement between the two countries - this would supplement the existing trade agreement and the temporary zero-duty arrangements in place.

The new Developing Countries Trading Scheme was launched last week by the UK Government - this covers import tariffs, rules of origin and terms with a range of developing world trading partners including India and Bangladesh. The scheme has been altered from its predecessor so it is worth engaging with importers on potential new trading terms.

UK trade negotiations with the Gulf Co-operation Council began last week. They are expected to yield new export opportunities in environmental technologies and services, broader services areas, as well as improvements on tariffs and market access for goods.

Two free webinars with expert advice from ChamberCustoms

21-day countdown: Switch to CDS Imports
Friday 9 September, 10.00am

The clock is ticking, and with only 21 days until CHIEF switches off for import declarations, you’ll want to be confident that your company is ready for these changes to avoid potential delays with your movements. Hear the latest guidance and ask your questions to our expert speakers.

Register here.

Customs Health Audit: Pain Free Testing
Tuesday 20 September, 2.00pm

In this webinar we will be discussing the basics of compliance, and how to ensure your company is fulfilling its roles and responsibilities within the HMRC customs framework. We’ll share case studies, and explain the benefits of our customs health audit, allowing for a Q&A session at the end.

Register here.

‘Growing Globally’ Networking Lunch
Wednesday 19 October, 11.45am-2.00pm
Peterborough United Football Club, London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AL

We’ll be working with World First, Smart Manufacturing Alliance, PEM Accountants and Department for International Trade on this event.

The four entities will cover a panel discussion surrounding the latest news in the international world and how your business can grow globally.

There will also be a networking lunch which will give you time to connect with like-minded professionals, all whilst overlooking the pitch at Peterborough United.

We will also be holding a business card draw which will give you the chance to win two hospitality tickets to watch Peterborough United.

Cost: £20.00 (plus VAT) per person

Click here
to register.


Import / Export Diagnostics Workshop 
Wednesday 7 September, 9.30am-1.00pm

Changing trade requirements means changing the way your business records information to ensure you remain fully compliant. HMRC Customs Officers are now actively auditing businesses on a regular basis, and the number of audits will only go up. This means that your business is more and more likely to be affected, and you need to take action now to ensure you are able to pass an HMRC Customs Audit.

Our Import/Export Diagnostics workshop is designed to give you an insight to all areas your business will need to focus on, and provides key information on how to get started.

Understanding Exporting
Thursday 8 September, 9.30am-1.00pm

This course covers all the basic key areas around exporting. It will explain the requirements for documentation, plus an overview of country of origin and incoterms.

Understanding Importing
Tuesday 20 September, 9.30am-1.00pm

This course covers all the basic key areas around importing and will explain the requirements for documentation, plus an overview of country of origin and incoterms.

Understanding Commodity Codes
Tuesday 27 September, 9.30am-1.00pm

By attending 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 and understand the importance of getting your commodity codes correct.

You can view the full list of all our courses on the Chamber 

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.

Contact the Chamber

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