IMPORTANT! Documentation changes for UK COO and update to Standard Rules
As we approach April and the move to plain paper certificates of origin it is important to understand the changes to the standard rules that are observed when applying for a UK Certificate of Origin. Below you will find a brief overview and a link to the new standard rules that take effect from 1 April 2023.

If you're looking for step-by-step guidance on completing a customs declaration or would like to fully understand commodity codes then take a look at the two courses we are running next week. Details can be found below with a link to further information and how to book.

If you have any international trade queries please email or telephone the team on 01223 237414. 

Karen Cash
International Trade Team Leader
01223 237414
Standard Rules Update

Standard Rules must be observed by applicants when applying for Certificates of Origin or requesting the certification of international trade documents.

The Standard Rules have been updated to reflect the exporters responsibility to print UK Certificates of Origin on plain paper to a standard that will be accepted by custom authorities.

These rules take effect from April 2023. Please click here to download the new Standard Rules.

If you need further information on the change to printing UK Certificates of Origin on plain paper please contact the International Trade Team on 01223 237414 or email

Click here to view a letter regarding the change to UK Certificates of Origin that is being sent to all companies that use the Chamber documentation service.
Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards

Entries for the Department for International Trade’s inaugural Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards are now open. The new awards programme will recognise and celebrate the global trading success of SMEs from across the UK.

There are seven categories for this year’s awards, which are split by sector. The awards are free to enter. Applications can be submitted here.

The deadline for submissions is next Thursday, 23 February. The winners will be announced in mid-April.
Step by Step Understanding a Customs Declaration
Wednesday 22 February, 9.30am-1.00pm

This training 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.

Register here.
Understanding Commodity Codes
Thursday 23 February, 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.
Register 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.
CargoX and ACID Systems
Thursday 16 February, 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.

This is a half day course and covers everything involved setting up accounts to sending trade documents in the new systems.

When you sign up select Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce as your local Chamber. The course costs £230.00 (plus VAT) per delegate.
Last week, the UK government confirmed to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) that they will be establishing a Unit within the Business and Trade Department to ensure SMEs get the full benefits of trade deals being implemented, starting with Australia and New Zealand. This is a key ask from their Trade Manifesto.

Also last week BCC Director General, Shevaun Havilland, met with the Shadow Trade Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds, to discuss export support and the role of Chambers, Labour’s policy on trade deals, digital and green trade, and how to increase UK-EU trade.

The Australia and New Zealand trade agreements are likely to enter into force in late spring this year. The BCC will have summary documents and explainers ready in advance of this.
Contact the Chamber

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