Supporting your international trade activities
over the festive 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

Please be aware that postal strikes on Friday 23 December will impact our ability to return any documentation to you after Thursday 22 December.

I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you in 2023.

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
01223 237414
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.

Please call us on 01223 237414 or email before 1.00pm on Friday 23 December to log your requirements.

Please note, no declarations will be processed on 24-26 December.
Wednesday 11 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

Details here.
Thursday 12 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

Details here.
Wednesday 26 January, 9.30am-1.00pm

Details here.
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.
Member engagement opportunity with Nick Thomas-Symonds MP
Thursday 12 January, 2.00pm
Heathrow Airport, Terminal 5

Heathrow is hosting a roundtable with Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Shadow Trade Secretary, for larger exporting companies and would like to invite Chamber members.

The Shadow Secretary is keen to hear from businesses on all trade issues, including specific challenges when it comes to exporting (paperwork, the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, Free Trade Agreements).

The discussion will be chaired by John Holland-Kaye, CEO of Heathrow, and hosted in-person in Terminal 5. If you would like to nominate a business for the discussion, please contact Jacob McAllister.
UK trade data for October 2022 released last week showed a further fall in export performance. Goods exports fell by 4.7 per cent in October, with a better outcome on imports, with a rise of 2.3 per cent, largely driven by a rise in chemicals imports from the EU. Read the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) reaction to this latest trade data.

The BCC gave evidence to the House of Lords European Affairs Committee last week on mobility arrangements under the UK-EU Trade and Co-operation Agreement. William Bain described the difficulties experienced by many economic sectors in recruiting as well as the call for reform of the mobility rules on services and general business travel under the TCA. You can watch the evidence session here. A summary of his key points and the questions he was asked can be found here. 

The BCC met with Financial Secretary to the Treasury Victoria Atkins MP last week and discussed the latest feedback from UK firms trading with the EU. We will be briefing her officials on the forthcoming TCA: Two Years On publication we will be releasing imminently.

International Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch has been leading the UK delegation in trade negotiations with India last week. Since October there have been no fixed timelines on these discussions as mobility arrangements and market access offers for goods and services are considered the most difficult parts of these negotiations.

The BCC welcomed the launch of the call for input on an upgraded free trade agreement with South Korea. Arrangements on rules of origin are due to expire but the negotiations also offer opportunities to expand e-commerce and digital trade with South Korea. The consultation period lasts until 2 February 2023.

New legislation and guidance on the ban in provision of services from the UK to Russia/Belarus in the fields of advertising, IT consultancy, architecture, engineering, auditing comes into force tomorrow. Rules on banning of legal services provision are due in the New Year.

Marking and placing CE-marked construction sector goods on the UK market has been extended until 30 June 2025. This follows earlier announcements on electrical and industrial goods whereby marketing of CE-marked items is lawful until 31 December 2024.

In Brussels last week, an agreement was reached between the European Commission and Parliament on the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism legislation affecting high carbon produced steel and iron products among others. The scope of this will be extended to cover bolts and screws made of iron and steel from third countries (like the UK), and reporting requirements for importers in the EU could come into effect from 1 October next year. We will be speaking to the EU shortly about this legislation which has still to complete further stages before it becomes law.
Contact the Chamber

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