Key documentation dates for the Christmas break
With less than three weeks until Christmas we are sharing our key documentation dates that you should be aware of. It is really important that you advise us on any shipments where declarations are required so we can process these for you during our planned closure. Please see the full details below.

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
Documentation processing over the Christmas Break

The Chamber will close at 1.00pm on Friday 23 December and re-open at 9.00am on Tuesday 3 January.

We will process online documents on Friday 30 December from 10.00am-1.00pm. Please ensure you upload all supporting paperwork to enable us to process these applications or email

The last date for submitting consular documentation is 11.00am on Friday 16 December. Documents submitted after this time will not be processed until Tuesday 3 January.

Customs Declarations and Transit Declarations

If you are expecting a shipment between Saturday 24 December and Monday 2 January please give us prior notification so that we can arrange for these declarations to be processed during our Christmas closure. No declarations will be processed on 24-26 December.
Understanding Commodity Codes
Tuesday 13 December, 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
  • 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.
Trading with Egypt - CargoX and ACID Systems
Thursday 8 December, 9.30am-12.30pm

The Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce has the pleasure of offering this workshop for all Exporters and Importers who trade with Egypt. This course is a step by step guide on how to send your documents using the new system CargoX.

  • Changes and why they were implemented?
  • CargoX platform - What is it and How does it work?
  • What is the ACI? Why is it needed?
  • What does the system do for the Importer and what should the Exporter receive?
  • CargoX - This will be an end-to-end overview from registering to sending an envelope via the blockchain.
  • FAQ.
There will be time to ask questions.

Cost: £230.00 (plus VAT)

Register here. 
Last week the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) took part in the 6th meeting of the UK-US Trade dialogues for SMEs in Edinburgh. Subjects discussed included, deliverable outcomes on digital trade, customs facilitations and lowering barriers for firms entering new markets. Further opportunities for business to input into this process will be available in the coming months.

The UK and Ukraine recently finalised an agreement to facilitate digital trade between the two countries including new rules on data flows, digital trading systems and digital products able to be traded free of duty. Click here to see the BCC’s reaction to the agreement.

Last week the BCC published new research from nearly 1,000 firms on regulation and its effects on trade with the EU. Across all business areas, approximately half of firms said deregulation was either a low priority, or not a priority at all. The BCC also outlined their position on the Retained EU Law (Reform and Revocation) Bill including deferring the application of the sunset clause until 2026 as well as requiring full reports on the impacts for trade within the UK internal market, and full consultation on all regulatory proposals with business, while working with us in key sectors on regulatory reform issues.

The BCC also took part in a briefing with Ministers and officials from the Department for International Trade on the forthcoming call for input for an upgraded trade agreement with South Korea. This will affect areas such as rules of origin and digital trade.

On Tuesday 13 December, BCC will be giving evidence to the House of Lords European Affairs Committee on the issue of business travel and mobility issues arising from the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA). If you have any case studies or experiences for sharing during the evidence session please contact Karen Cash by close of business on 9 December.

Take a look at some new blogs recently published on the ChamberCustoms website including:
Trade Deals and Economic Growth - William Bain
Exporting to New Zealand - British New Zealand Business Association
Contact the Chamber

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