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Brexit At Three: Fresh Trade Challenges Growing

Almost two thirds (60%) of firms trading with the EU say it is now more difficult to do so than it was a year ago...

Freight carriers stuck with overcapacity?

Shipping lines don’t just have too many ships right now, they also have too many containers, and are selling off their surpluses without replacing them...

Importers Brace for BTOM Impact

With the new Border Target Operating Model (BTOM) starting to come online on 31 January 2024, many UK traders appear to be unclear about how it impacts their business operations.

Innovative Exporter Wins Top Accolades

It takes vision and dedication to change become a successful exporter, and it takes even more to re-imagine your way of doing business, within a traditional industry. But Quality Bearings Online has done both.

Changes for goods moving from the island of Ireland to Great Britain

From 31‌‌‌ ‌‌January 2024 some goods will face full customs controls when moved directly from Irish ports to Great Britain.

ATA Carnets Update – Israel

Foreign Carnets with expiry dates between 1 December 2023 and 31 December 2023 will be granted an extension to the final date for re-exportation.

New legislation set to ban live animal exports

New legislation will put an end to the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening from Great Britain.

Improved Travel Authorisation Scheme for Gulf State Visitors to UK

The UK’s electronic travel authorisation (ETA) scheme has officially opened for Qatari nationals who, from 15 November 2023, need one to travel to the UK.

UK Export Finance unveils extra support for SME exporters

UKEF announced new products and partnerships to enhance international trading opportunities at the export credit agency’s annual customer conference.

ICC initiative unveils blueprint to standardise language of trade, sidestep data duplication

The ICC#s Digital Standards Initiative has released a set of recommendations to unify machine-readable data elements across key trade documents.

Key Considerations Before Selling Foreign Products in India

The Indian retail market is highly fragmented requiring foreign retailers and brands to customize their strategy to suit their target customer base.

BCC Brings Politicians Together In Push For Export Growth

They met at the House of Lords this morning to discuss the BCC’s Trade Manifesto. It sets out a comprehensive list of steps to get more UK businesses involved in international trade.

Market Insights from Cardinal Logistics

The Israel-Palestine conflict has sent ripples through the shipping and maritime industry, leading international companies to issue cautionary advisories and adapt their operations in the region.

CBAM’s Implications for Global Trade Already Growing

On 1 October, the EU’s landmark Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism policy (CBAM) came into force, and UK exporters are busy working out how to come to terms with it.

Market-leading Cardinal Global Logistics Joins Excellence Academy Spring Lineup

Experienced freight industry professional Amanda Brunyee will join the roster of top presenters for Chamber International’s fourth Excellence Academy programme in February.

BCC Welcomes New Phase In Turkiye Trade Negotiations

“It makes sense to build on the current continuity agreement to negotiate a new bespoke deal which meets the modern needs of business." 

Medical VAT Win for Chamber International’s Affiliate Partner

HMRC has made it easier to export certain medical and veterinary-related goods at zero-rate VAT, if they are to be used in charitably-funded activities.

Peru’s trade minister: boosting trade and investment ties with the UK

GTR speak with Peru’s minister of foreign trade and tourism about the South American country’s ambitious plans to boost foreign investment in key export sectors and grow trade ties with the UK.

10 Popular Trade Shows and Exhibitions in the UAE (Between October 2023 – April 2024)

Here’s an overview the top 10 trade show & exhibitions taking place in the UAE between October 2023 and April 2024.

Despite a continued cautious outlook for the UK economy, the overall sentiments in the German-British business community remain positive

Companies remain more optimistic about their own activities, with 40% of respondents planning to increase their investments and a similar number expecting to employ more staff.

Greater Facility for foreign ATA Carnet goods in Israel

The Israeli Customs have introduced a Greater Facility to help ATA Carnet Holders who are unable to re-export their goods from Israel due to the ongoing situation.

Shipping To and From Turkey – What You Need to Know

Following hot on the heels of October’s successful GTR Turkey 2023 event, Chamber International will host an in-depth online workshop, designed to give firms the knowledge they need to ship goods to and from Turkey trouble-free.

Israel update: force majeure, congestion and war-risk premiums, but carriers still booking

Evergreen has declared force majeure on the 1,778 teu Ever Cozy, which was unable to call at Israel’s port of Ashdod as scheduled, and diverted to Haifa.

Russian Sanctions affecting EU Shipments

From 30 September 2023, European sanctions against a large proportion of Russian steel products came into force.

Commission launches investigation on subsidised electric cars from China

The investigation will first determine whether BEV value chains in China benefit from illegal subsidisation and whether this subsidisation causes or threatens to cause economic injury to EU BEV producers.

Placing manufactured products on the market in Great Britain

What you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured products you place on the market in Great Britain.

New EU Customs Advance Cargo Information System

New information on the organisation of transition to ICS2 now available.

New Phased Approach for CDS Welcomed

The government says that this phased approach will enable HMRC and its partners to better support export declarants in making smooth migrations to CDS.

Trade remedies notices: anti-dumping duty on hot-rolled iron and steel products from Brazil, Iran, Russia, and Ukraine

Following a transition review, the anti-dumping measure was extended at the same rates on Brazil, Iran and Russia until 7 October 2027, the same measure has been revoked on Ukraine.

Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) starts to apply in its transitional phase

The Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) entered into application last Sunday, 1 October, in its transitional phase.

Customs declaration completion requirements for goods subject to sanitary and phytosanitary checks under the Northern Ireland Protocol

Find out how you should complete a customs declaration for goods subject to SPSchecks under the NI Protocol.

BCC Greets New Era Of Digital Trade

The BCC is urging businesses who want to boost their exports and reduce costs to quickly embrace a new era of digital trade.

Final BTOM Broadly Welcomed

The final version of the government’s Border Target Operating Model was released on 29 August, and has been broadly welcomed by British importers, particularly importers of fresh produce.

Meet our Trade Compliance Expert

On 11 August, DBT issued a general trade licence – not for military hardware, or for nuclear power generation equipment, or even electronic components, but for Legal Advisory Services.

One month to CBAM. UK Exporters Must Act Now

With the EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM) starting to come into effect from 1 October, concern is mounting that UK companies may be ill-prepared to deal with it.

The Border Target Operating Model: August 2023

This contains the Border Target Operating Model and final plans for a new approach to importing goods into the UK, that will be progressively introduced from the end of January 2024.

Failed export of CISCO routers highlights need for due diligence

We are warning exporters to carefully check the requirements for export licences following a rise in seizure notices being issued by Border Force for exports of high-tech CISCO goods.

Trade Thoughts, from Geneva by DDG Anabel González

Two years at the WTO: My take on the future of the multilateral trading system.

Shippers are Living with Blanked Sailings, For Now

The world’s three major shipping alliances, accounting for 80% of the global container market, “blanked” 24 sailings in June and July out of a total of 25 China-to-Europe loops”.

Alibaba continues to outperform Chinese economy

“These figures from Alibaba Group are positive, but that doesn’t mean that focusing on TMall is necessarily going to be the best entry strategy for a brand.”

Seeking Employment

A highly motivated, conscientious and dedicated professional with a strong educational background in law, political science and international relations is seeking employment.

The GCC healthcare sector is poised for strong growth: outlook

A combination of several interrelated factors has positioned the GCC healthcare sector for continued expansion at a healthy pace.

China’s trade plunges more than forecasted

China's exports fell for a third straight month in July amid a slump in global demand, while imports plunged as domestic pressures also undermine the economy's recovery.

Enhancing UK trade: Lloyds Bank and UBS partner to expand access to Export Letters of Credit

Lloyds Bank has initiated a strategic trade collaboration with UBS to bolster its global presence, aiding its UK-centric clientele to conduct business across 170 nations globally.

Upcoming UK- Southeast Asia Events

The UK-ASEAN Business Council (UKABC) provides awareness on the latest opportunities in the region. See latest list of in-person and virtual events within the UK and Southeast Asia.

Seeking Employment

A highly motivated, conscientious and dedicated professional with a strong educational background in law, political science and international relations is seeking employment.

Indefinite Retention Of CE Mark A Welcome Boost For Business

“Businesses will breathe a sigh of relief that the Government has decided to take a pragmatic approach to the safety marking of products sold in Great Britain.”

Chamber International in UK First for Customs Compliance

Chamber International has passed a new rigorous audit process for the Chamber Customs service, becoming one of the very first providers in the UK to achieve this.

BCC Welcomes Electronic Trade Documents Act

Campaigners have worked for years to have the Electronic Trade Documents Act passed. It will a mark transformational change in digitalising international trade. 

UK Signs CPTPP Agreement for Trade with Pacific Region

Our trade agreements and origin specialist Sam Paley shares his take on Britain’s latest trade deal.

BCC Trade Manifesto International Trade Vital For UK Growth

The British Chambers of Commerce has called for Government to focus on boosting services, advanced manufacturing, green and digital trade if it wants to hit its £1tn trade target.

New Approach Needed as Exports Fall

“With firms struggling to increase sales overseas, the recommendations in our newly launched Trade Manifesto have never been more relevant.” 

Four year extension to GSP proposed

The EU’s GSP removes import duties from products coming into the EU market from vulnerable developing countries. It covers 65 countries, which are among the poorest in the world.

Vet declarations needed for UK meat exports to EU

From December 13, 2023, non-assured UK livestock farmers will be required to provide a declaration signed by a vet for their products to be eligible for export to the EU.

Windsor Framework – Businesses Must Prepare for Staged Implementation

Changes have huge implications for businesses who trade between Great Britain and Northern Ireland; it is vital that traders learn about and prepare for them in advance and not be caught out.

Gateway to Japan Opens for Innovative Tech Businesses

By connecting startups and innovators from around the world to local businesses, Japan’s second city Osaka aims to open a new gateway for business and trade this autumn.

Window Open for Duty Suspensions & Autonomous Tariff Quotas

The two-month 2023 application window for new duty suspensions is now open. The deadline for applications is 11.59 pm on Sunday 6 August 2023.

BCC Welcomes Atlantic Declaration

“This is an important milestone in developing ever closer trade, investment and economic relations between the UK and the US.”

Latest International Trade Developments Unwrapped in New Training Events

Chamber International has added 16 new training events to its schedule for this year, to help businesses deal with the latest developments in importing and exporting.

HMRC issues notice confirming date for final switchover from CHIEF to CDS

Jeff Lewis, lead trainer for Chamber International said the deadline is unlikely to move. We’re assuming the government wants to stick to the current dates.

Oman Launches $5B Investment Fund to Diversify Economy

Oman plans to launch a $5 billion public investment fund to support plans to overhaul the economy in the Gulf Arab nation over the next two decades, state media reported Wednesday.

Duty Suspensions & Autonomous Tariff Quotas

HMRC open windows for applying for suspensions and ATQs and the next opportunity is coming in June 2023.

Import risk categories for animals and animal products imported from the EU to Great Britain, from 31 October 2023

Import risk categories under the Border Target Operating Model for animals or animal products you’re importing from the EU to Great Britain, and the import rules for each category.

UK Trade Agreements with Australia and New Zealand

On the 1st June the UK trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand will come into force.

Marcos’ UK visit to open opportunities for Philippine exporters

The visit of President Marcos to the UK is seen opening up more opportunities for Filipino exporters in the British market, according to the Philippine Economic Zone Authority.

UK airport to serve as ‘template’ for NAIA

Transportation Secretary Jaime Bautista is planning to use London Gatwick Airport as a “template for operations” to be adopted as part of the efforts to improve the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

BCC welcomes fresh tack on EU Regulation Reform

“Firms will breathe a huge sigh of relief that steps are being taken to reduce the cumulative burden of red-tape that have placed a stranglehold on their ambition and ramped up cost.”

BCC welcomes start of trade deals with Australia and New Zealand

“It is good news to hear that the free trade agreements with Australia and New Zealand will finally come into force at the end of the month.”

Former Volvo and Vodafone customs manager joins Chamber International, bringing benefits of unique experience to exporters

Vince Taylor has joined Chamber International to bolster trade advisory services for the region’s exporters.

German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce: Results of the Spring Survey 2023

Despite a flatlining economy, the sentiments in the German-British business community in the UK have improved significantly.

Join the Northern Powerhouse HealthTech Trade Mission to Biomed Israel 2023

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is inviting innovative Northern Powerhouse companies to join a trade mission to Biomed 2023 in Tel Aviv, from 14 – 18 May 2023.

Iraq joins TIR to Boost Trade and Economic Development

Iraq, at the crossroads of several trade routes in the Middle East, has become the 78th country to accede to the United Nations TIR Convention.

The King's Awards for Enterprise 2024

The King's Awards for Enterprise 2024 will be announced and open for applications on 6 May 2023.

UK Border Consultation

The UK Government published its draft Border Operating Model for inbound GB border controls on 5 April 2023 and due to be rolled out from the end of October 2023.

Asia-Pacific trade bloc deal a boost for business

“The addition of the UK to this trading bloc takes it to 12 countries which account for 15% of global economic output."

Excellence Academy announces new high-profile sponsor

Cardinal Global Logistics is to sponsor two cohorts of Chamber International’s Excellence Academy, the two parties announced on Wednesday 29 March.

Great British Festival 2023 concludes with a roaring success in the Philippines

After four years, the all-British-themed weekend through the Great British Festival was successful.

In Conversation about China with Trade Commissioner – coming soon

Deputy HM Trade Commissioner to China, Tom Duke, will be “In Conversation” at a special online event on 26 April.

Chamber International supports exporters at lab-tech conference

Chamber International was one of only 4 specially-invited partner organisations to participate at this headline event in GAMBICA’s calendar.

Trade Update: UK-Gulf Cooperation Council FTA

Draft treaty text was advanced across the majority of chapters. Technical discussions were held across 13 policy areas over 30 sessions.

BCC welcomes adoption of Windsor Framework

“The joint EU and UK decision to give formal effect to the Windsor Agreement is another important step in improving trading conditions between Great Britain and Northern Ireland."

Analyst Warns Shippers Carbon Surcharges are Imminent

Carrier network adjustments to reduce the cost impact of ETS will leave shippers hit with carbon surcharges and fewer direct services from the second half of 2023.

BCC welcomes supply chain and trade focus in integrated review

The renewed commitments to tackling climate change, sustainable development, and economic empowerment of women are all welcome in the Review.

BCC Economic Forecast: Economy to shrink in 2023 before rebounding

UK GDP growth forecast for 2023 is -0.3%, 0.6% in 2024 and 0.9% in 2025.

Chamber International to Support National Conference

To mark the 1st year of its successful partnership with GAMBICA, Chamber International will be one of only five organisations specially invited to participate in their annual conference.

Empty containers pile up at global ports as trade slows

Empty containers are piling up at major ports around the world as slowing economies weigh on shipping demand.

Important Change – Certificate of Origin Service

On 31 March 2023, pre-printed UK Certificate of Origin forms will be withdrawn from use in the United Kingdom.

UK, EU to announce customs deal for N.Ireland in two weeks

Under the new plan, goods traveling from mainland UK to Northern Ireland will not face physical customs due to a system of "red" and "green" lanes, the report said.

UK announces second Global Investment Summit to create jobs in high tech sectors

Summit will bring 200+ CEOs of multinational companies and investment corporations to showcase the UK as a world-leading investment destination.

UK government backing helps launch world first self-driving bus

Passengers will be boarding the world’s first fully sized, £81 million, self-driving bus service in Edinburgh from the Spring.

Schedule reliability improves to 40% in June 2022

Sea-Intelligence has published issue 131 of the Global Liner Performance (GLP) report, with schedule reliability figures up to and including June 2022.

Impact of industrial action on 1‌‌‌ ‌‌February 2023 at UK ports and airports

HMRC members will not be taking part, but the industrial action will include UK-based Home Office members, including Border Force staff.

KPA plans to build logistics cities to increase ‘competitiveness’ of ports

The sources noted that this plan came as a result of the country’s development plan and is also in line with the vision of the State of Kuwait (2035 – New Kuwait).

Saudi Arabia introducing ‘customs clearance within 2 hours’ initiative at all ports

This announcement was made during the Zakat, Tax and Customs Authority’s celebration of the International Customs Day that falls on Jan. 26.

How companies in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt can take advantage of digitalisation

Digital adoption and online spending are projected to grow in the Middle East, offering companies in the region several new opportunities to tap into, a McKinsey & Company study has shown.

UK sanctions relating to Armenia and Azerbaijan

This page provides guidance on the arms embargoes in place on Armenia and Azerbaijan

Chinese Export Container Rates Drop 27%

Chinese container exports which typically spike in the weeks leading up to Chinese New Year, faced a drop in prices and continues to downtrend, performing the worst in 13 years - chief shipping analyst at BIMCO.

New French border check rules set to cause export ‘chaos’

From 13 January, shelf-stable composite food products like canned custard and confectionery will require French versions of sanitary and phytosanitary documents or else risk being rejected.

Maersk joins rivals in softening contract conditions for shippers

Ocean carriers are tempting BCOs with a wide range of new, flexible, long-term contract options this year, after shippers complained of being “burned” by rigid, highly elevated contracts a year ago.

Important Update: Certificate of Conformity for Exports to Iraq

We have been informed by the Embassy of Iraq that the Iraqi authorities will no longer accept certificates of conformity (COC) issued by a number of companies starting this year.

Notice to exporters 2022/32: The Export Control (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022

There has been an amendment to the Export Control Order 2008. The amending instrument also made changes to retained Council Regulation (EC) No 428/2009.

Notice to exporters 2022/33: further sanctions against Russia, introduced in December 2022

Further to notice to exporters 2022/27, a tranche of new trade sanctions on Russia entered into force on 16 December 2022.

Customs Declaration Service exporter deadline extended

Following consultation with the border industry, exporters will now have until 30 November 2023 to move across to CDS, 8 months later than previously announced.

Impact of industrial action at some airports and the Port of Newhaven

The PCS union has announced industrial action by some Border Force members on 23‌‌‌ ‌‌‌‌‌December 2022 to 26‌‌‌ ‌‌‌‌‌December 2022 and 28‌‌‌

UK signs second state-level agreement with South Carolina

Memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation and trade relations between the US state of South Carolina and the United Kingdom, signed 7 December 2022.

Ukraine Digital Trade Deal a Positive Step

“To have a strong digital trade agreement in place from the get-go will provide a boost to e-commerce trade in both directions between our two countries.” - BCC Head of Trade Policy

The German-British Business Outlook - Autumn 2022

Bi-annual survey to assess business attitudes in the German-British business community

Insurers want stronger regulations covering transport of lithium-ion batteries

The risks presented by transporting lithium-ion batteries is sufficient to warrant new regulation, TT Club, UK P&I Club and consultant Brookes Bell have determined in a white paper.

Removing trade barriers key to boosting export growth of UK businesses

54% of businesses say smoother customs procedures are the key to boosting UK exports - survey from the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL Express has highlighted.

UK Advisory: Liverpool Port Strike 24th Oct – 7th Nov

A port strike is going to affect vessels arriving/departing the port of Liverpool during this period.

Energy and Fuel Continue to Influence Mixed Trade Picture

UK goods export values in August 2022 failed to maintain their recent momentum as goods exports to the EU fell by 0.5% driven by a fall in chemicals and fuels exports.

Trade growth to slow sharply in 2023 as global economy faces strong headwinds

World trade is expected to lose momentum in the second half of 2022 and remain subdued in 2023 as multiple shocks weigh on the global economy.

Support service for Northern Ireland traders extended for a year

The Trader Support Service, which helps businesses move goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has been extended.

Public Forum explores role of trade in accelerating transition to a green economy

Leading representatives from international organisations, the private sector and academia discussed how trade rules can be strengthened to address the world's environmental challenges.

HMRC CDS Deadline Extension

HMRC have announced today that traders that will not be ready to switch to CDS Import on the deadline will still be able to make import declarations on CHIEF until 31st October, a one-month extension.

Port of Felixstowe: Fresh strikes at UK's busiest container port

Workers at the Port of Felixstowe are walking out between 27 September and 5 October after the union Unite rejected an imposed pay deal.

Acceptance of ATA Carnets for FIFA World Cup in Qatar

Qatar Customs have approved the use of ATA Carnet, an international customs document that permits duty-free & tax-free temporary import of goods for professional products.

UK Advisory: Liverpool Port Strike 19th Sept – 3rd Oct

A port strike is going to affect vessels arriving/departing the port of Liverpool during this period.

New Prime Minister Must Take Immediate Action to Support Business - BCC

“She must now take immediate steps to support the economy. The last few months have been difficult for everyone, time is running out and urgent action is needed to deal with the costs’ crisis.”

More help needed to stop dramatic post-Brexit fall in UK exports

More help must be given to British exporting companies now that the UK’s latest trade figures confirm a lasting significant decline, says Chamber International director, Tim Bailey.

New international trade qualification will help boost companies trading overseas

A major new nationally accredited trade award, open to West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce members, has been launched by Chamber International.

Developing Countries Trading Scheme - New Details

Foreword from Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Secretary of State for the Department for International Trade.

Lines Prepare for Felixstowe Strike After UK Port Labour Talks Stall

Felixstowe, the UK’s largest container port, is heading for a crippling 8-day strike after mediation talks with the unions representing port workers appeared to reach an impasse last week.

Bangladesh tightens LC rules as import costs surge

Bangladesh’s central bank has announced new letter of credit requirements for local banks.

BCC calls for action as exports remain in limbo

A survey of over 2,600 UK exporters has revealed that overseas sales growth has been effectively stagnant for more than a year since the economy fully reopened after lockdown.

Trade Secretary launches UK-Ukraine Infrastructure Taskforce

International Trade Secretary has launched the UK-Ukraine Infrastructure Taskforce alongside Ukrainian Minister for Infrastructure Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Export Growth in Goods Maintained but Trade Deficit Widening

Overall, on goods exports growth, the pace of recent progress is being maintained, although goods export trade with the EU was not as strong as in April 2022 - Head of Trade at BCC.

How China’s new food safety rules affect importers and exporters

On 1 January, China’s latest set of food safety laws came into effect, and British exporters and importers of food need to be aware of their implications.

Trading with China: Opportunities for Entering and Expanding

Chamber International participated in a unique invitation-only forum with the UK’s deputy trade commissioner to China, Tom Duke, this month (June).

Cable Cleat Leading Manufacturer Celebrates Sparkling Anniversary

Ellis Patents is marking its own right royal sparkling jubilee this summer – with the Rillington-based company celebrating its 60th anniversary.

Electronic trade documents: UK government moves ahead with groundbreaking legislation

The UK government has adopted draft legislation which will for the first time give legal recognition to the creation and transfer in electronic form of a number of trade documents.

Working group highlights progress in integrating small businesses into international trade

The report outlines progress achieved by the Group since it was created in 2017 and sets out the Group’s roadmap for helping more small businesses benefit from international trade.

BCC: Upswing In Trade Must Be Sustained

UK goods exports accelerated in April 2022 with increases in exports to the EU rising by 8.1% (£1.2bn) and to the rest of the world by 6.5% (£0.9bn).

Solvent but bankrupt: how sanctions felled Amsterdam Trade Bank

Amsterdam Trade Bank (ATB)'s Russian ownership and undisclosed attempt to sell the bank to an undisclosed buyer takes bank out of business.

UK targets Russian airlines with new sanctions

New sanctions on major Russian airlines will prevent them from cashing in on their UK landing slots.

BCC respond to new trade framework deal with Indiana

“We want to see cuts to the costs and red tape for exporters, help for supply chain co-operation, new opportunities for green trade, secure mutual recognition of professional qualifications ...

Excellence Academy will help trade professionals save costs and navigate new global challenges

A new Excellence Academy and international trade award is being launched this summer by Chamber International.

NTE 2022/17: military end-use controls update

New export licensing criteria has been put in place. China, Hong Kong & Macau have also been included in the destinations subject to an arms embargo.

German-British Business Outlook Spring 2022 Survey results published

The German-British business community remains more positive about its own activities in the UK than about the British economy overall.

Freight forwarder pays US$6mn to settle US sanctions breach

US authorities have taken enforcement action against Australia-headquartered freight forwarding company Toll.

Brexit Opportunities - Statement made on 28 April 2022

Statement made by Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg Minister for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency.

Carnets withdrawn due to conflict

Suspension of ATA Carnet operations in Belarus, Russia and Ukraine.

Notice to exporters 2022/05: General Trade Licence Russia sanctions aviation insurance

This notice advises that Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU) has published a limited time licence for certain insurance and reinsurance services.

UK strengthens ban on Russia aircraft and introduces new trade sanctions

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has announced a new suite of aviation sanctions.

Exporting Food Products to Saudi Arabia – SFDA Updates its Mandatory Requirements for Certain Food Products

The SFDA has recently updated its mandatory guidelines on the requirements of certain Fruit Juices, Fruit Drinks, Nectar and Breastmilk substitutes.

Get up to speed with Chamber International’s “Brexit: “It’s Not Over Yet’ workshops

Three virtual workshops to help businesses trade successfully with the EU, based on latest grassroots experience, are being held this month (March) by Chamber International.

NTE 2022/03: Russia - licence suspensions and OGELs revised

The approval of new export licences for dual-use items to Russia has been suspended with immediate effect.

NTE 2022/04: introduction of new sanctions against Russia

Further to Notice 2022/03, a tranche of new trade sanctions on Russia was introduced on 1 March 2022.

Chamber International inspires the next generation of trade experts

Year 13 A-level students from Titus Salt School in Yorkshire, heard how international trade can open up a world of career opportunities.

PM announces sanctions following Russian invasion of Ukraine

We are imposing these sanctions in close coordination with our US and EU allies to ensure they have maximum impact. These are targeted at who have underwritten Putin’s war machine.

Sanctions Update – Russia

A full-scale attack was launched by Russia on Ukraine in the early hours of this morning (24.02.22).

Shipping industry bodies link up with ICC and Swift to form digitalisation alliance

Three shipping industry associations have joined forces with the International Chamber of Commerce and Swift in a new alliance dedicated to standardising digital trade documents.

BCC research finds little love for EU trade deal

New research* carried out by the British Chambers of Commerce of more than 1,000 businesses has highlighted a host of issues with the UK’s trade deal with Europe.

West & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce has announced the appointment of James Mason as its new Chief Executive Office

The business organisation has made the announcement ahead of James’ official start date of Tuesday 2nd May 2022.

Potential Russia sanctions rattle markets

International sanctions being prepared by the US and its allies for use against Russia if it takes military action against Ukraine would rock markets for several major commodities and unleash havoc in banking.

WTO chief warns of continued bottlenecks in global supply chains

Covid restrictions and logistics problems hit poorer countries and smaller businesses, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

China: New Regulatory Requirements for Imported Food Products

On 12 April 2021, the GACC issued Order No. 248, with new requirements for the registration of qualified foreign food producers that are allowed to export to China, effective from 1 January 2022.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q4 2021: Recovery weakening as inflation worries soar

The BCC’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) has shown the recovery stalled in the fourth quarter, with firms facing unprecedented inflationary pressures.

UK, GCC free-trade deal likely within a year

Britain and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries are negotiating a free-trade agreement, Britain’s Investment Minister Gerry Grimstone said on Monday.

8 Out of 10 UK Firms Report Increased Prices as Issues in Supply Chains Mount

New BCC data released today from a survey of over 1,000 businesses has thrown sharp focus on the impact of skills and commodities shortages for UK firms, with spiralling prices in evidence.

Chamber International expands ChamberCustoms Team to support UK-EU exporters

Customs broker Jay Grant has joined Chamber International to strengthen its work helping UK companies export to the EU after Brexit.

Expo 2020 Dubai first month ‘a huge success’

Expo 2020 Dubai organisers have hailed the first month of the event as a ‘huge success’, announcing an impressive 2,350,868 visits from Ocotber 1 to 31.

Saudi chemical giant to invest nearly £1bn in Teesside plant

Saudi Arabian manufacturing and chemicals giant Sabic is to invest almost £1bn at its Teesside plant.

New Data Shows Export Recovery Remains Flat Amid Disruption To Supply Chains

A survey of 2,600 UK exporters has revealed that the recovery in export sales has largely stalled in Q3.

Chamber International Reaction to EU Proposals on the Northern Ireland Protocol

On 13th October 2021, the EU released its plan for a reduction of post-Brexit checks on goods and medicines arriving into Northern Ireland from the rest of the UK.

WTO working group finalises MC12 draft declaration to help small businesses

Major moves to address challenges facing micro, small and medium enterprises wanting to get involved in global trade are to go before the World Trade Organisation’s winter conference.

German-British business sentiment - autumn survey results

More than 50% of companies are positive or very positive about their own current and expected future performance in the UK.

Former British diplomat joins Chamber International

A former British diplomat who has held a series of positions with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has joined Chamber International.

Expo 2020: UK Pavilion will show best of British all inside a giant horn

The UK has a 170-year Expo heritage but its pavilion in Dubai promises to write a new chapter in history and is the nation’s first designed by a woman.

Commission proposes new EU Generalised Scheme of Preferences to promote sustainable development in low-income countries

The Commission has adopted the legislative proposal for the new EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) for the period 2024-2034.

Foreign Secretary visit to Mexico boosts international trade opportunities in the country & wider region

International trade and investment was the central theme of the Foreign Secretary’s visit to Mexico City on 23 September.

Freight Association Seeks To Inspire Next Generation

Freight association is launching a campaign with its members to work with schools to promote careers in logistics, forwarding and the supply chain, and encourage students to consider them.

UKEF must reach more exporting businesses and support renewable energy initiatives, report says

Urgent action needs to be taken by the Government’s export credit agency, UKEF, to support more UK exporters, a new report by the International Trade Committee concludes.

10 highest-growth job roles of tomorrow

Demand for professionals in AI, data and engineering is expected to spike in the near future, as technology adaption takes off even further.

All you need to know about Expo 2020 Dubai

The event will be open to the public from October 1, 2021 until March 31, 2022.

Maersk signs deal for warehousing facility in Jafza

The facility will become an important link in its integrated logistics solutions.

PwC to create over 6,000 jobs with new regional consulting HQ in Riyadh

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Middle East will build a new regional consulting headquarters in Riyadh, hiring more than 6,000 staff in the region over the next five years.

Import checks on food from the EU postponed

The UK Government has pushed back import checks on food from the EU from 1 October 2021 to 1 January 2022.

Trade commissioner outlined Middle East trade and investment opportunities

UK Middle East trade commissioner, Simon Penney, was keynote speaker at a major virtual Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) trade forum held on September 1 by Chamber International.

Etihad Cargo’s tonnage up 20% on pre-COVID volumes

Etihad Cargo has reclaimed 90 percent of its pre-COVID destinations and recorded a 20% increase in tonnage compared to the same period in 2019.

Fintech firms dominate Saudi start-up scene, attracting venture capitalists

Saudi fintech start-ups raised a record $150 million in the first half of 2021.

Gulf economies expected to grow 2.2 percent this year, says World Bank

With recent progress made with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine globally and with the revival of production and trade worldwide, the prospects for an economic recovery are firmer now than at the end of last year.

Kuwait's Agility finalises $4.77bn sale of logistics unit to DSV Panalpina

Kuwait-based Agility expects to complete the sale of its Global Integrated Logistics business to Danish transport and logistics company DSV Panalpina on Monday.

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) question freight rate increases

The BCC wrote last week to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) seeking a full investigation into the international shipping market.

Expo 2020 Dubai reveals its People and Planet programme

Events, experiences, thought-leadership, and public conversations will aim to find solutions to the world’s problems.

More Saudis turning to consultants as Vision 2030 opens new opportunities

The Saudi Ministry of Commerce issued 27 percent more licenses for consultancies in H1

Notice to Traders 60/21 - Quota for Cheeses for Export to Designated Importers in the United States of America (USA)

Following negotiations with the USA the quantities available to the UK for the 2022 quota year have been agreed.

Oil revenues, private sector growth to speed up GCC economic recovery in 2022

A slow vaccine rollout or new restrictions by the GCC states in response to an increase in coronavirus cases could trigger downside risks, the IIF said.

Sanctions Update

Sanctions, including on export trade to Belarus, were announced by the UK government earlier this week.

From Rillington To Rio - Ellis Patents secures Brazilian power transmission project specification

Cable cleats designed, developed and manufactured in North Yorkshire by Ellis Patents have been installed in a major power transmission project in Rio de Janeiro.

Morocco-UK to Expand Ties In Trade, Education

Morocco and the UK are set to expand on centuries of bilateral ties as the British seek to reconfigure their trade relations following their EU departure.

Saudi GDP returns to year-on-year growth in Q2 as non-oil economy booms

Saudi Arabia’s economy posted its first year-on-year growth since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic as non-oil growth surged.

Visitor Registration for Multimodal 2021 Is Now Live

October 2021 sees the return of Multimodal at the NEC in Birmingham.

Customs Declaration Service to become UK’s single customs platform

HMRC has today announced that the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), a system founded on world-leading technology, will serve as the UK’s single customs platform from 31 March 2023.

Money laundering: trade’s trillion-dollar problem

The amount of illicit money laundered through the international trade system is estimated to total hundreds of billions or even trillions of dollars per year.

Progress in streamlining trade procedures continues despite COVID-19 crisis, UN survey shows

Countries across the globe are continuing to move towards a seamless and efficient trading environment, according to a survey released by the United Nations regional commissions.

£1bn Plan to Build the UK’s Largest Logistics Site

A new co-investment joint venture has been formed for the acquisition of a 734-acre site near Birmingham to make way for the development of a major logistics hub.

EU-Republic of Korea trade grows twice as fast under trade agreement

The ten-year anniversary of the EU-Republic of Korea Trade Agreement comes with an impressive growth in bilateral trade of more than 50%, reaching over €110 billion.

P&O Ferries’ Dover-Calais fleet back to full strength as fifth ship sets sail on return to service

The Pride of Burgundy – P&O Ferries fifth ship on its Dover-Calais route – arrived yesterday at the Port of Dover, returning to service with its first sailing in over a year.

BCC issues blueprint for economic recovery and says global trade can be a key driver

The new Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, Shevaun Haviland, will today (Thursday) set out the action needed to help firms and communities rebuild.

Shenzhen Ports Disruption - Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Due to a recent spike in Covid 19 cases in Shenzhen, impacting the ports of Yantian, Chiwan and Shekou, along with Guangzhou impacting the port of Nansha.

Customers praise Chamber International’s new ChamberCustoms services

Businesses being helped by ChamberCustoms, introduced to help exporters with customs brokerage and freight clearance, are heaping praise upon the service.

Last call for Grants towards special training to help businesses manage post Brexit trade

More than £20,000 in grants has been leveraged by Chamber International, from the SME Brexit Support Fund, to help companies pay for special training and consultancy.

New fund announced to boost SME global trading aspirations

Exporting businesses can access special grant help to support their plans, thanks to a new partnership between Chamber International and the DIT.

Top list: 7 mega projects in Dubai, Abu Dhabi to watch out for

A rundown of the upcoming attractions and properties under construction in the UAE.

Chamber International signs alliance with Britcham Vietnam to bolster grass roots trade

A new strategic alliance to help boost UK trade with Vietnam has been agreed by Chamber International.

DSV Panalpina Acquires Agility’s Global Integrated Logistics Business

Two years after the acquisition of Swiss-based Panalpina, the Danish transport and logistics company is once again announcing a large acquisition: Agility Global Integrated Logistics (GIL).

Unique opportunity to explore the U.S market

The BritishAmerican Business Network is pleased to invite you to join their U.S. Virtual Trade Expo 2021 taking place on 20 April 2021.

Egypt to introduce cargo pre-registration

A new mandatory customs cargo pre-registration system known as Advance Cargo Information (ACI) will be implemented from 1 July 2021.

WTO members adopt roadmap to review implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement

The WTO Committee on Trade Facilitation on 3 March adopted a roadmap for the first ever review of progress made in implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).

Post-Brexit Efficiencies with Streamlined Customs Clearances

After the Brexit transition period finally ended and with Covid-19 protocols causing disruption to travel, it is clear that the logistics industry has seen a challenging start to 2021.

Thames Freeport Is "Open-For-Business"

Busiest month for new enquiries in ten years as Thames Freeport sees surge in commercial interest.

World trade primed for strong but uneven recovery after COVID-19 pandemic shock

According to new estimates from the WTO, the volume of world merchandise trade is expected to increase by 8.0% in 2021 after having fallen 5.3% in 2020.

2021 Public Forum theme to be “Trade beyond COVID-19: Building Resilience”

The WTO’s 2021 Public Forum will look at the effects of COVID-19 on trade and how the multilateral trading system can help build resilience to the pandemic and future crises.

China eyes free trade agreement with the Gulf states

RIYADH: China wants to reach a free trade agreement with the GCC states, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Al Arabiya on Wednesday, on the sidelines of his visit to Riyadh.

Middle East countries could return to 'relative normality' in second half of 2021

However, governments must still continue to work on increasing non-oil revenues.

SME Brexit Support fund open for applications

The SME Brexit Support fund has been launched. Smaller businesses can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU.

British universities link up with UAE industries to create jobs for graduates

The UAE is working with British educational institutions to help them establish a presence in the Emirates and work with leading industries to create jobs for graduates.

UK to boost investment in Egypt post-Brexit

British firms seek to help Egyptian entrepreneurs develop their projects amid ongoing reforms

UK to boost investment in Egypt post-Brexit

British firms seek to help Egyptian entrepreneurs develop their projects amid ongoing reforms

Container ship runs aground and blocks Suez Canal

Ships in the Suez Canal were being diverted to an older channel on Wednesday after a large container ship ran aground blocking other vessels passing.

UAE and UK sign £1bn deal to invest in life sciences

The UAE and UK agreed on Wednesday to invest £1 billion ($1.38bn) in Britain’s life sciences industry.

Multimodal: On the Move to October 2021

As a result of the information provided by both Public Health England and the UK Government, the organisers of Multimodal have been obliged to reschedule the event until 19-21 October 2021.

No more Dubai breaks for vacation-starved Brits as travel fines of $6,900 introduced

British celebrities and social media ‘influencers’ hoping to swap the grey skies of Britain for the beaches and malls of Dubai will need to start appreciating the comforts of home.

Pirates board German container ship and loot containers

Ecuadorian news agency EXPRESO reported a piracy attack in the Gulf of Guayaquil, Ecuador on 6 March in the evening local time. 

Barometer points to services trade rebound in short run, long term outlook less clear

After falling sharply during the global pandemic, world services trade appears to be in a recovery phase, according to the WTO’s Services Trade Barometer.

UK trade agreements with non-EU countries

Find out about the trade agreements the UK has concluded that are in effect and the progress of our discussions with other countries.

BCC?says temporary postponement of import checks must lead to permanent solution

“This is a positive step as it recognises what everyone in business has known for weeks now: UK-EU trade has faced, and continues to face, significant disruption and difficulty.”??

Montes Del Plata Says Yes to Ellis

Cable cleats and straps designed, developed and manufactured in North Yorkshire are currently being installed in the industrial headquarters of Uruguay-based eucalyptus cellulose pulp producer Montes del Plata.

The UK sanctions list

Find out which people, entities and ships are designated or specified under regulations made under the Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018, and why.

Global air cargo demand recovers to pre-COVID levels: IATA

IATA has released January data for global air cargo markets showing that demand returned to pre-Covid levels for the first time since the onset of crisis.

Webinars for EU-based organisations that trade with the UK

The Department for International Trade (DIT) have a series of upcoming webinars on UK border requirements which may be of interest to you.

Food and drink businesses: working with the EU

What you need to do as a food and drink business to work with the EU.

Port of Liverpool welcomes new containerships service

“We are always looking for new ways to provide our customers with differentiated services, fast transit times and efficient access to their inland destinations”.

Libya letter of credit system abused for “rampant fraud”, report claims

The Libyan central bank’s letter of credit system may have been exploited for “fraud on a large scale”, researchers believe, after finding LC-based transaction volumes were far higher than actual imports.

BCC/moneycorp survey: Nearly a quarter of exporters to the EU considering holding back activity in the EU

Fieldwork for the survey, which received 1,024 responses from UK firms overall, 466 of whom were exporters to the EU, was undertaken between 18 and 31 January 2021.

Government’s Brexit Support Fund, welcomed by Chamber International

A £20m support fund announced by the government to help SMEs adapt to new Brexit regulations, has been welcomed by Chamber International.

Major China success for historic Yorkshire textile business with help from Chamber International

Sales worth more than £120,000 have been won in China during the last four months by a North Yorkshire textile industry supplier after help from Chamber International.

Export opportunities in Malaysian oil and gas sector announced

Several export opportunities in the oil and gas sector have been released by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce (BMCC).

Half of ?UK exporters ?report difficulties adapting to changes in EU-UK goods trade, survey says

Almost half of UK exporters are facing difficulties adapting to changes in the trade of goods, following the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), BCC survey.

Easier to export to US than EU, says Chamber International

Aftershocks in international trade remain after the end of the post-Brexit transition period but are being addressed, says Chamber International.

Response to points raised in Road Haulage Association letter to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

We are committed to ensuring that businesses get the support they need to trade effectively with the EU as we strike trade deals with the world's fastest growing markets.

World Customs Organization expert joins Chamber International

An international expert in trade agreements and rules of origin has joined Chamber International on an exclusive contract after working for the World Customs Organization (WCO) in Brussels.

Letter from BEIS Minister Scully to haulier firms

Minister Scully sends letter to haulier firms on the new requirements for drivers to have a negative Covid test before travelling to ports.

The Border Operating Model

A guide to how the border with the European Union will work after the transition period.

German-British Chamber of Commerce statement on EU-UK trade agreement

The trade deal between the UK and the EU was a much-expected Christmas present for the economy and all of us, be that in the UK or in the EU.

Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

What UK businesses can do now to get ready for 2021.

Delaying declarations for EU goods brought into Great Britain

Check if you can record goods in your own records and give HMRC the information up to 6 months later.

International road haulage: HGV and trailer documents

Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) and trailer documents you need to legally cross international borders in a UK-registered vehicle.

New partnership to help UK food, cosmetics and chemicals exporters with compliance for East Asian markets

A major international business partnership has been launched by Chamber International to help UK food, cosmetics and chemicals businesses trade with China and other East Asian countries.

China-Europe Rail Freight Doubles In 2020

These are the 44 ky and emerging European freight hubs to watch.

Placing manufactured goods on the market in Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

What you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the Northern Ireland market from 1 January 2021.

Trading with developing nations

Details on the UK’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences until 31 December 2020.

WTO maps out trade issues related to COVID-19 vaccine rollout

The WTO Secretariat published two graphics identifying some of the key trade issues arising at the various stages of the development and delivery of a vaccine against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Is your business Brexit-ready?

Currency markets may fluctuate as we near the December 31st deadline affecting international payments. Meaning, now is the time to plan ahead.

Customs, VAT and Excise UK Transition legislation from 1 January 2021

There will be further customs, VAT and excise UK transition legislation laid during the transition period.

Moving goods under the Northern Ireland Protocol

This guidance provides support for businesses engaging in new processes under the Northern Ireland protocol.

Preferential tariffs continue for eligible developing countries

Government announces that removals and reductions of tariffs on goods from developing countries to continue after the end of the transition period

Chamber International expands customs brokerage team as EU transition deadline looms

Chamber International, has extended its customs brokerage team, ChamberCustoms, with the appointment of Adelina Paduraru as an administrator.

Ellis Secures New Power Supply Projects In Peru

The world’s leading cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis Patents has seen its products used to secure power supplies in Lima by two of the Latin American country’s biggest energy suppliers.

Transatlantic Trade Forum

Walker Morris has teamed up with Chamber International to deliver this insight into the current status of the UK-US Free Trade Agreement in light of the impending US election and Covid-19.

German-British Chamber: Autumn Survey of German-British business on Coronavirus pandemic

German-British business community is still very much affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, but companies are slightly less pessimistic about the effects of the pandemic on their businesses.

Changes to commodity codes (Tariff stop press notice 39)

Find out about the changes to commodity codes on the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.

Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021

HMRC letters to VAT-registered businesses trading with the EU and/or the rest of the world, highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021.

Time is running out for businesses to prepare

The government urges business leaders to step up preparations for Australia-style arrangements from 1 January and launches 'time is running out' campaign.

Are you ready for our new relationship with the EU?

An urgent message from the Business Secretary.

Aspects of free trade deal with Turkey

Some parts of the free trade deal currently being negotiated by the UK and Turkey “will have to wait”, warned Britain’s Regional Trade Commissioner for the EECAN region.

Government publishes updated GB-EU Border Operating Model

UK government has ramped up preparations for the end of the transition period by publishing an updated Border Operating Model.

UK trade envoy to highlight business opportunities with Turkey at Chamber International videoconference

A government trade envoy and a top international business man will be among headline speakers at the UK-Turkey Business Forum being hosted by Chamber International, on Thursday October 8.

Brexit: 26 unanswered questions for business with fewer than 100 days to go

The British Chambers of Commerce has published a critical update of its Brexit guidance dashboard containing 26 key questions that remain unanswered.

Regulating medical devices from 1 January 2021

What you need to do to place a medical device on the Great Britain, Northern Ireland and European Union (EU) markets from 1 January 2021.

Letters to businesses about new trade arrangements with the EU from 1 January 2021

HMRC letters highlighting actions they need to take to continue trading with the EU from 1 January 2021.

Marking, labelling and marketing standards from 1 January 2021

Marking, labelling and marketing standards you must follow to import and export food, plant seeds and manufactured goods from 1 January 2021.

BCC responds to UK-Japan Free Trade Agreement

Businesses will warmly welcome this milestone free trade deal with Japan, which provides access to a major market for traders across the UK.

Commission adopts proposals to make EU-U.S. agreement on tariffs effective

The European Commission published a proposal for a Council and European Parliament regulation to scrap duties on certain imports to the EU.

Meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 10 September

The UK Government hosted a meeting of the Withdrawal Agreement Joint Committee on 10 September in London.

Customs, VAT and Excise UK Transition legislation from 1 January 2021

This collection brings together EU Exit legislation, regulations and notices for Customs procedures applicable to UK Transition.

Export fish to the EU from 1 January 2021

How to export fish for human consumption from 1 January 2021, what documents you may need and customs rules to follow.

UK takes major step towards membership of Trans-Pacific free trade area

The UK has today taken a major step in the process of joining CPTPP (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership).

HS Codes in China

To help businesses avoid these mistakes, we answer some frequently asked questions regarding the application of HS codes in China.

Placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1 January 2021

What you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the market from 1 January 2021.

Autumn videoconference will help businesses prepare for opportunities created by UK-US Free Trade Agreement

A special Zoom videoconference to help UK businesses step up exporting to the US is being held next month (Sept) by Chamber International.

Profit Repatriation from China: Compliance Procedures for Outbound Payments

Profits repatriation is the aim of every foreign investor in China. In this article we discuss maximisation techniques and compliance to get your hard earned dividends back home safely.

UAE-Israel relations. What does it mean for trade & investment?

Find out what the latest UAE-Israel peace agreement means for the future of trade & investment in the Middle East.

Export goods to countries outside the EU: step by step

How to move goods from the UK to countries outside the EU, including any special rules you’ll need to follow for your goods in the UK and the destination country.



Pay less or no duty on goods you store, process, repair or temporarily use

Find out about customs special procedures that enable you to suspend, pay less or no duty on goods you import or export.

UPDATE: How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021

Information for traders on importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU after 1 January 2021.

Negotiations on the UK

The third UK-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiating round took place from 27 July to 7 August 2020.

US Change Origin Status for Imports from Hong Kong

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced that imported goods produced in Hong Kong will have to be marked to indicate China as their country of origin rather than Hong Kong.

Importing animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed not of animal origin from 1 January 2021

What you need to do to import animals, animal products, high-risk food and feed into the UK from 1 January 2021.

No more Transition at the UK Border

The UK left the European Union on 31st January 2020, and the transition period comes to an end in December this year. It is vital that businesses take action now to get ready for 2021.

Notice to exporters 2020/13: open general licences revised and revoked

Open general licences that include Hong Kong have been changed or amended to bring them in line with restrictions on China.

Beirut Port

Due to the tragic events in Beirut all operations in the Beirut Container terminal are suspended.

Guidance: Pay no import duty and VAT on medical supplies, equipment and protective garments (COVID-19)

Find out how to pay no import duty and VAT on protective equipment, relevant medical devices or equipment brought into the UK from non-EU countries during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Arab world's two largest economies improve in July as pandemic restrictions ease

Saudi Arabia's PMI climbed to the highest level in five months and UAE economic activity expanded for a second consecutive month.

Dubai launches economic program for post COVID-19 recovery

Dubai launched an economic program as part of its efforts to reshape the emirate

Egypt to e-manage 90% of exports, imports

Egypt plans to operate about 90% of the exports and imports system electronically by the end of the year, Minister of Finance Mohamed Maait said in an August 4th statement.

Government urges exporters to contact Chambers of Commerce

Government urges the need for businesses to prepare for the new arrangements for trading with the EU in January 2021.

Exporting to Vietnam from 1 January 2021

Guidance explaining changes for UK exporters to Vietnam from 1 January 2021.

Chamber International launches new customs declarations service as UK prepares to leave EU

Major new customs brokerage service to help importing and exporting business has been launched to coincide with new border arrangements announced by the government.

EU-Vietnam trade agreement enters into force

EU exports to Vietnam will be taxed less from 1 August. The EU-Vietnam trade agreement that will ultimately scrap duties on 99% of all goods traded between the two sides.

UK-EEA EFTA states future relationship negotiations process

The UK government has moved into formal negotiations with the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) countries that are in the EEA (European Economic Area).

Moving goods into, out of, or through Northern Ireland from 1 January 2021

Read the Northern Ireland Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement for initial guidance. Full guidance will be provided by the end of the transition period.

How to import and export goods between Great Britain and the EU from 1 January 2021

Information for traders on importing and exporting goods between Great Britain and the EU after 1 January 2021.

UK Government publishes new Border Operating Model

Border Operating Model published to provide clarity and certainty for traders and the border industry.

The EVFTA: Understanding Rules of Origin

Investors looking to taking advantage of the recently ratified EVFTA must understand and comply with rule of origin guidelines.

WTO issues latest edition of World Tariff Profiles

Issued on 6 July, the latest edition contains comprehensive information on tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories.

Changes to commodity codes in chapter 64 (Tariff stop press notice 23)

Find out about the changes to commodity codes on the Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF) system.

Coronavirus Survey: German-British Chamber of Industry & Commerce

Companies continue to reduce costs and/or staffing levels and expect recovery to take longer than originally expected.

Import of products, animals, food and feed system (IPAFFS)

Use IPAFFS to notify authorities that you

Importers Are Given More Time to Prepare for Post-Transition Border Controls

The UK government has notified the EU that it will not be seeking or accepting any extension to the transition period, which will finish on 31 December 2020.

Multimodal: on the move to March 2021, with continuity plan in place

As a result of the directions provided by both Public Health England and the UK government, the organisers of Multimodal have been obliged to reschedule the event until 23-25 March, 2021.

Pay less Customs Duty and VAT if you are importing capital goods

You can claim a relief to pay less Customs Duty and VAT if you are moving your business to the UK and carrying on a similar activity.

HM The Queen praises Chambers

The letter came as The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited local businesses in Norfolk to hear about their experiences and how they are beginning to return to a new normal.

Transatlantic Trade Forum speaker announced

Her Majesty's Consul General in Atlanta, Andrew Staunton, to join our panelists at the Transatlantic Trade Forum being held on 24 June.

Importing and exporting plants and plant products from 1 January 2021

How to trade in plants and plant products, including trees, inside and outside the EU from 1 January 2021

Record number of concerns about technical barriers to trade raised via online platform

WTO members used a written procedure to raise a record number of trade concerns at a meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).

Record number of concerns about technical barriers to trade raised via online platform

WTO members used a written procedure to raise a record number of trade concerns at a meeting of the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT).

Emirates and Etihad ready to resume transit flights

UAE’s two largest carriers lead the way as hard-hit aviation sector struggles to shake off pandemic paralysis.

Vietnam-EU Trade: EVFTA Ratified by Vietnam

The agreement is expected to take effect sometime in July or August. It is an ambitious pact eliminating almost 99 percent of customs duties between the EU and Vietnam.

Mideast air cargo demand plunges 36pc in April

Middle Eastern carriers have reported a decline of 36.2% year-on-year in April, significantly worse than 14.1% fall in March, according to to the latest data released by IATA.

UK Global Tariff backs UK businesses and consumers

The Government has announced the UK

WTO head to step down in August

At a virtual meeting of all WTO members on 14 May, WTO Director-General Roberto Azev

Qatar Customs Launch New Website

The General Authority of Customs (GAC) chairman Ahmed bin Abdullah al-Jamal has launched the new website ( yesterday morning at his office.

Apply for a Binding Tariff Information decision (Notice 600)

Find out how to get a legally binding decision on the commodity code to use for your goods.

Chamber International director joins elite panel advising on effects of coronavirus

An elite panel of 20 UK experts providing daily advice to businesses involved with global trade during the global Covid-19 pandemic has been launched by the IoE.


The COVID-19 Temporary Measures Act provides relief for businesses unable to fulfil their contractual obligations established on or after February 1, 2020, and before March 25, 2020.

British Chambers of Commerce President has written an open letter to the Prime Minister setting out principles for a phased restart of the UK economy.

Review of International Regulatory Co-operation of the United Kingdom

It covers both the UK’s unilateral efforts to embed international considerations in domestic rulemaking and its bilateral, regional and multilateral co-operative efforts on regulatory matters.

From the sea to the door: New grant scheme to support seafood businesses in England to sell catches

New £1 million grant scheme opened today to increase supply of local seafood.

Chamber International identifies overseas stocks in UK hunt for healthcare protective gear as deaths soar

Chamber International has set aside a significant proportion of its operational capacity to trace overseas stocks of PPE and other items.

DHL launches freight service from China to Africa, ME

DHL Global Forwarding has launched a dedicated 100-tonne weekly air freight service for organisations and governments shipping goods from China to Africa and Middle East.

Our Response to Covid-19

Chamber International remains open for business at this challenging time, with most services continuing as close to normal as possible. 

Multimodal 2020 - New Autumn Dates and Plan Announced in Response to Coronavirus

After consultation with stakeholders over the last few days, we have made the decision to postpone Multimodal to 4-6 November 2020.

Staff on state-funded furlough during the coronavirus pandemic are allowed to train while they have temporarily ceased to work, as long as their employer’s core business is not training.

Trade courses taken online by Chamber International to help combat Coronavirus pandemic

All international trade courses have been taken online to help people keep safe by avoiding gatherings during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Abu Dhabi carrier Etihad has full support of state owner, will resume flights in May: CEO

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways has the full support of its state shareholder as it plans a partial resumption of passenger flights from May 1, chief executive Tony Douglas.

World Customs Organization developed classification reference list for medical supplies COVID-19

On 9 April 2020, the World Customs Organization published an updated classification reference list to the medical supplies imported to fight against the spread of COVID-19.

A European roadmap to lifting coronavirus containment measures

Responding to the call of the European Council of 26 March, the Commission has developed a roadmap to lifting coronavirus containment measures.

New Cross-Border E-Commerce Zones, Extended Tax Incentives for Small Businesses in China

On April 7, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang rolled out informative measures to stabilize foreign trade and investment, in a bid to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Notice to exporters 2020/09:

Export Control Joint Unit updates guidance on compliance checks for open licences during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.

Notice to exporters 2020/10:

As the coronavirus outbreak has led to more remote working for both ECJU staff and exporters alike, this is affecting the ability to manage export licence applications and supporting documentation.

How your customs authorisations may change from 1 January 2021

Find out what changes may affect your existing authorisation to use customs procedures or other facilitations.

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Businesses not yet successfully accessing government loan and grant schemes

BCC Coronavirus Business Impact Tracker: Businesses not yet successfully accessing government loan and grant schemes.

WTO issues new report on worldwide trade in COVID-19 medical products

The WTO Secretariat has released a new report on trade in medical products critical for the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Covid-19 Outbreak: Latest News

News items sourced from various news outlets around the world. This page was created on 2 March and will be updated continuously. Last updated on 6 July.

Customs authorisations during the coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find out about temporary changes to customs policy and authorisations to assist businesses during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Force Majeure Clauses

There’s a lot of misunderstanding surrounding “Force Majeure” clauses which appear in many different types of contracts. Read this article for expert advice from Virtuoso Legal.

Temporary export restrictions on certain categories of critical medical supplies in response to COVID-19

The list is not exhaustive and is regularly updated by the WCO based on the official information provided by countries.

Coronavirus: Commission presents practical guidance to ensure the free movement of critical workers

Commission responds to requests made by EU leaders and seeks to address practical concerns of citizens and companies affected by measures taken to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Etihad Cargo deploys Boeing 787s for freighter service

Etihad Cargo said it will deploy cargo-only Boeing 787s to complement its freighter fleet and ensure continuity of the UAE and global key trade lanes.


DG Roberto Azevêdo said cross-border trade and investment flows have a role to play in efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consumers in Bahrain urged to buy from local brands

Bahraini-owned restaurants, coffee shops, food-trucks, retail and commercial stores along with productive families have raised fears they would struggle to stay afloat.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for UK businesses

This advice is for UK businesses that export or deliver goods and services abroad and have been impacted by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Saudi contract awards rise 95% in 2019 to 197bn riyals

Contract awards in Saudi Arabia hit their highest level in four years in 2019, report by the US-Saudi Business Council.

Export food, drink and agricultural products

Check if you need a certificate to export food, drink and agricultural products.

Import controls - How the government monitors imports into the UK.

The Trade Policy Group of the Department for International Trade (DIT) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) deals with trade policy, regimes and procedural issues governing imports

Coronavirus - Business support to launch from today

Businesses will be able to access government support from today (Monday 23 March) to keep operating in the face of the global economic emergency brought on by Coronavirus.

Commission publishes guidance on export requirements for personal protective equipment

This is a measure of temporary nature and not an export ban and is in line with all of the EU

Notice to exporters 2020/08: coronavirus (COVID-19) - export licence handling

ECJU is taking measures to ensure there will be minimum disruption to the export licence application process, as well as the advice we provide during this period.

Latest on EU negotiations: 17 March 2020

An update on EU negotiations following latest coronavirus guidance.

Suspension of postal applications for Certificates of Origin

We are experiencing disruption to the postal service due to the current coronavirus situation.

Shellfish to China through the Power of Connection

Chamber International Bridges the GapA family fishing firm is exploring new waters thanks to a film project focusing on the seaport of Grimsby.

US announces major new travel restrictions on Europe in bid to combat coronavirus

New travel restrictions on mainland Europe have been announced by US President Donald Trump in a bid to combat the spread of the coronavirus, now declared pandemic by WHO.


A precious metal recycling and refining company called on Chamber International for documentation support for a recent project in Eastern Europe.

The UK

Find out which trade agreements the UK is negotiating and which trade agreements the UK has already signed.

UK Government launches online Export Health Certificates

The government have launched a new EHC Online system to speed up the certification process. The new service is called EHC Online.

Algeria to fund hundreds of students to study at University of Limerick

The Algerian government is to fund hundreds of PhD students to study at University of Limerick (UL) under a deal estimated to be worth up to €20 million.

HM's Royal Speech: Oman charts future roadmap

Omani citizens and expatriates have hailed His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik’s roadmap of development.

Nouvelair to fly between UK and Tunisia

Nouvelair will offer its first scheduled flights from the UK to Tunisia

BCC comments on Coronavirus

“Companies should consider the potential impact that the Coronavirus could have on their operations and act now to mitigate any risks.”

2019 was record-breaking year for UK exports

UK exports at an all time high, with goods exports to non-EU countries growing by 13.6% on 2018.

Trading under WTO rules

How to trade with other countries if there is no UK trade agreement in place after the transition period.

Brexit 'clarity' brings Middle East demand for London real estate

Transaction volumes in the UK capital increased by 42% in Q4 2019 compared to the previous year.

Coronavirus in China: Applicability of force majeure in contract disputes

The spread of the coronavirus in China these past few weeks has caused the World Health Organization to announce the situation as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Kuwait to hold Agro Food Expo in April

Kuwait International Agro Food Expo will be held in April 1-2 in Kuwait City. Registrations are open.

Cross-border portability of online content services after the transition period

Rules that mean UK customers can access their online content services when they visit the EU will change after the end of the transition period.

Exporting GM food and animal feed products after 31 December 2020

Find out how businesses that hold or seek authorisations for GM food or feed or animal feed additives, or export animal feed to the EU, will be affected from 1 January 2021.

Notice to exporters 2020/03:

The UK leaves the EU on 31 January 2020. Current export licensing arrangements will continue to apply until the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.

Statement from DG of the IOE&IT on Brexit Day

Brexit will change the rules of trade for UK businesses trading into Europe, but it forms part of a much larger picture.

100 percent foreign ownership now possible in most Omani businesses

100% of foreign ownership of Omani companies is now a reality under the new Foreign Capital Investment Law that came into force in the Sultanate on January 7, 2020.

A winning streak in Japan

Annual UK exports to Japan are on the rise, according to a report from the Department for International Trade.

Cinemas to boost Saudi construction sector by $1.3bn in 2020

Investment in Saudi Arabia's cinema sector is expected to generate an estimated SAR5 billion ($1.3bn) in construction during 2020, according to The Great Minds Group research.

International agreements with third countries during the transition period

The UK greatly values its relationships with partners across the globe and is seeking to preserve and strengthen these as we leave the European Union.

UK and EEA EFTA states sign separation agreement

UK and EEA EFTA States sign agreement to protect citizens’ rights and resolve wider separation issues when the UK leaves the EU.

UK trade agreements with non-EU countries

Find out which trade agreements with non-EU countries are in place during and after the transition period.

New appointment at Chamber International

A multi-lingual graduate has joined Chamber International as a customs administrator.

UK ambassador reflects on five ‘big years’ in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: Britain’s outgoing ambassador to Saudi Arabia said it has been a privilege to be in the country for the last five years and witness the changes in the Kingdom firsthand.

Businesses representing all areas of UK economy offer government help designing new immigration system

Open letter to Home Secretary published days ahead of Migration Advisory Committee report

Harrods to open in Shanghai, more UK companies focusing on China

London-based superstore Harrods is setting up the company’s first overseas store in Shanghai after consideration of other major international cities, including New York and Paris.

US, China sign phase one trade deal: How to read the agreement

On January 15, 2020, the US and China signed the much-anticipated phase one trade deal (US-China Economic and Trade Agreement) in Washington DC.

PM: Morocco will work to strengthen ties between Africa, UK after Brexit

Morocco and the UK are determined to maintain their collaboration after the UK leaves the EU on January 31

DEWA & BSI to launch world’s first risk management strategy for energy and utilities sector

DEWA has partnered with the BSI with the goal of launching the PAS 60518:2020 standard for risk management in the energy and utilities sector.

Growth gateway announced at UK-Africa Investment Summit

The UK announced a new service to help businesses access the government

International companies in Saudi Arabia up by 54% in 2019

As a result of an accelerated effort by the SAGIA to promote the Kingdom’s competitive and open business environment, 1131 new international companies set up operations in Saudi in 2019.

Vital Industries to benefit from post-Brexit Britain

International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss, has set out how vital industries will benefit from free trade after Brexit.

BCC responds to Chancellor’s comments on post-Brexit regulation

“The government must clearly communicate these changes in a timely way and provide substantial support to help firms adapt. Otherwise they will struggle to make the most of new opportunities as Britain sets its own trading polices.”

Dubai to set up 50 international offices to boost tourism

Dozens of Dubai government offices will be set up across the world in an effort to boost tourism and investment in the emirate.

Saudi importers urged to adopt data-correction scheme

Importers have been urged to flag mistakes in customs documentation as part of a Saudi initiative to improve compliance and stability of growth for companies.


China, steady progress along the BRI and will continue to do so in 2020 - infrastructure projects; documentation and regulatory agreements have been put in place too.

Continuing the UK’s trade relationship with the SACUM countries: parliamentary report

Economic Partnership Agreement between the Southern African Customs Union Member States and Mozambique, of the one part and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, of the other part.

What are the Top Tier-2 Cities to Hire in India?

Tier-2 cities have emerged as a strong base for industrial clusters and startup incubators in India, leading to the emergence of new IT and manufacturing hubs.

Life in the UK Test

A recent Home Office contract awarded to PSI Services will deliver more testing points across the UK.

Malaysian Tender Scam Alert

Businesses are warned to be on their guard, as an historic scam is circulating again and could prove very costly to those who don’t recognise the danger.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London Overseas Business Delegations 2020

Lord Mayor’s Overseas Engagement Programme calls British businesses interested in looking to expand to overseas markets.

Moneycorp's Sterling Review 2019

It has been a year of ups and downs for sterling, mainly dominated by political and geopolitical factors.

Notice to exporters 2020/01:

The consolidated list of strategic military and dual-use items that require export authorisation has been amended and republished accordingly.

A challenging market with export success

“We rely on Chamber International’s excellent services and to advise on tricky export challenges, but the benefits we get from their expertise go far beyond that, as our developing business in South America demonstrates”.

On course for Brexit and beyond

Specialist hygiene chemicals company Christeyns UK arrange bespoke training programme with Chamber International after impressive experience when attending one of the open courses.


China State Council released the Announcement of the State Taxation Administration [2019] No. 36 approving the establishment of 24 pilot cross-border e-commerce zones.

China Cuts Import Tariffs on Select Goods in 2020, Rates Lower than MFN

China’s Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council announced it will temporarily adjust import tariffs on 859 commodities to come into effect January 1, 2020.

Jordan Customs Department to launch electronic platform for international trade

The Jordan Customs Department (JCD) on Monday (16 December) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Maersk GTD to facilitate international trade.

The Big 5 Saudi returns to Jeddah

The organisers of The Big 5 Saudi, announce that the construction event will return to the Jeddah Centre for Forum & Events from 8 – 10 March 2020 for its grand 10th-anniversary edition.

UAE holiday list in 2020 for public and private sectors

As the country bids farewell to another year and another decade, thoughts are quickly turning to 2020, with much to look forward to.

New markets for businesses, new challenges for regulators

How e-commerce is changing cross-border trade by Tim Bailey, director, Chamber International.

Trade restrictions reach historic high

WTO DG's annual overview of trade-related developments discussed this month shows that trade restrictions by WTO members continue at historically high levels.

DG Azev

DG Azev

Notice to exporters 2019/16:

The Export Control Joint Unit has updated a number of Open General Export Licences and Open General Trade Control licences

Specialist Laboratory wins Free Training from Chamber International

A specialist laboratory bagged a valuable training voucher in a free prize draw at Chamber International's Global EXPO 2019 event.

EU-Singapore trade agreement enters into force

Singapore is by far the EU's largest trading partner in the Southeast Asian region, with a total bilateral trade in goods of over €53 billion and another €51 billion of trade in services.

European Commission

The European Commission is hosting an event to present the International Public Procurement Initiative.

From Bulawayo to Britain - Minister Visits Chamber International

A group of delegates from Zimbabwe visited Britain on a fact-finding mission and to pitch for investment.

Jukebox manufacturer wins exporter of the year award

Europe’s only manufacturer of classic jukeboxes, Sound Leisure, has won a prestigious regional award as Yorkshire Exporter of the Year.

Secretary of State for International Trade speaks at Velvet Revolution Ball

The Secretary of State for International Trade, the Rt Hon Liz Truss, addressed an event in London to mark the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Changes to your customs authorisations in a no-deal Brexit

Find out how a no-deal Brexit would affect your existing authorisation to use customs procedures or other facilitations.

International agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal

The UK is taking steps to deliver continuity across a number of international agreements that we currently participate in as a member of the EU.

EU-Singapore agreement to enter into force on 21 November 2019

EU Member States today endorsed the trade agreement between the EU and Singapore. This means the agreement will enter into force as soon as 21 November.

Long standing partnership returns to celebrate exporting excellence of Northern Powerhouse

Nominations are now open for the 2020 PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards.

Temporary exports to the EU prior to Brexit

Traders transporting goods in baggage should consider using a Duplicate List procedure on exit from the UK.

Government's business readiness fund approves

The Business Readiness Fund helps business representative organisations and trade associations support members and non-members get ready for Britain leaving the EU.

Getting the most out of trade expos

More than 10,000 international trade expos and exhibitions now take place globally every year, and that number keeps growing.

Germany Tumbles into Recession

The Bundesbank has announced that the German economy contracted again in the 3rd quarter of the year.

UK trade agreement continuity: statistics and analysis

This document provides figures on UK trade continuity agreements.

Government introduces landmark Withdrawal Agreement Bill to Parliament

The bill will implement the new deal agreed with the EU in UK law.

WTO at a Glance

The World Trade Organisation (WTO), with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, operates a global system of trade rules and acts as a forum for negotiating trade agreements.

Imports of certain high tenacity yarns of polyesters from the People

Find out about the Anti-Dumping Duty concerning imports of certain high tenacity yarns of polyesters, originating in the People’s Republic of China.

Letters from the UK to the EU Council: 19 October 2019

A letter from the UK to EU Council with a cover letter from Sir Tim Barrow.

PM statement in the House of Commons: 19 October 2019

Transcript of the PM's speech, exactly as it was delivered.

Prime Minister's letter to President Donald Tusk: 19 October 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written a letter to President Donald Tusk.

An open letter to business from the Prime Minister: 17 October 2019

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written an open letter to business following the announcement of a new Brexit deal.

Scottish Secretary responds to UK deal with EU

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack responds to the Prime Minister

HMRC accelerates 95,000 firms onto simplified import procedures

HMRC has automatically registered 95,000 businesses for its simplified import procedures allowing traders to pay import duties and submit customs declarations in case of a no-deal Brexit.

BCC comments on No-Deal Readiness Report and temporary tariff regime

The latest temporary tariff regime only contains three changes, so businesses will be frustrated that it took government so long to publish the updates.

Heathrow invites British businesses to apply for 2019

For the third year running, Heathrow is inviting businesses up and down the country to apply for

No deal Brexit and UK/EU exports of Annex 1 dual-use controlled goods

Certain list-controlled goods, technology and software will need export authorisation when exported from the UK to any EU member state, and from any EU member state to the UK.

BCC study shows major gaps in official Brexit guidance for businesses in the event of

BCC?today publishes an evaluation of official UK Government guidance to businesses on critical operational issues in the event of an unwanted ‘no deal’ exit on 31st October.

Notice to exporters 2019/14:

The Department for International Trade has amended 3 open licences with respect to exports to Hong Kong.

Major global trade conference will help Yorkshire businesses plan for post-Brexit world

MORE than 200 exporting businesses and trade advisers from all over the world are visiting Leeds this week for the biggest trade conference of its kind ever held in Yorkshire.

BCC: Business still unable to prepare fully for a no deal Brexit

The survey of over 1,500 firms from across the country, found that in two-fifths (41%) of UK businesses have not done a Brexit risk assessment.

Success for BCC campaign to simplify trade procedures as Government acts to issue EORI numbers

DG of the BCC comments on the announcement that the government will act on the BCC’s call to automatically issue businesses with an EORI number.

BCC/DHL: Give UK businesses the confidence they need to trade internationally

Many UK exporters are treading water at a time of deep uncertainty, according to the latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook from the British Chambers of Commerce, in partnership with DHL.

New form of customs declaration for low value consignments

From 1 January 2021 it will be possible to declare goods up to 150€ using a customs declaration that requires 3 times less data than a standard declaration.

New German Packaging Register starts legal enforcement

Newly created German Packaging Register (ZSVR) has passed on some 2,000 discrepancies in reported packaging data to the relevant German authorities for legal enforcement.

Ellis called up for the Pan-American Games

Cable cleats and clamps designed and manufactured in the UK by North Yorkshire-based, Ellis will play a vital safety role at this summer’s Pan-American Games in Lima.

Trade Continuity Agreement Update - BritCham Chile

The Agreement is currently being passed through the Chilean Senate and we expect this to be ratified within the next few weeks.

BCC comments on GDP and trade statistics

UK economy is faltering under the weight of relentless Brexit uncertainty and tougher global economic conditions.

Businesses give China 1-1s top marks again

Already, close to 50 businesses have sharpened their strategies for China as a result of receiving “1-1” consulting sessions from Chamber International.

EU and Mercosur reach agreement on trade

The new trade framework will consolidate a strategic political and economic partnership and create significant opportunities for sustainable growth on both sides.

EU-Viet Nam free trade agreement

Joint press statement by Commissioner Malmström and Minister Tran Tuan Anh.

Notice to exporters 2019/10:

The Export Control Joint Unit has amended the Export Control Order 2008, and updated the consolidated control list of strategic military and dual-use items that require export authorisation.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey Q2 2019: UK growth stalling amid manufacturing slowdown

The latest results from the survey points to the impact that relentless Brexit uncertainty, rising business costs and tougher global trading conditions are having on the UK economy.

First sales may lead to major export order for specialist manufacturer Saftronics Ltd

£160,000 contract to provide two motor control centres for vessels used in the oil industry of Brazil has been won by specialist manufacturer Saftronics Limited.

Multimodal opens next week

The 12th annual Multimodal show will open its doors to visitors on Tuesday 18th June 2019.

Voice of British business in China visits Chamber International

Nicholas Holt, chair British Chambers of Commerce in China, presents BCCC’s 2019 Position Paper to Chamber International and WNY Chamber of Commerce on 17 May.

Chamber International gives fresh hope to exporters with new partnership with moneycorp

Chamber International have announced a new partnership with global currency experts, moneycorp, to provide better financial support to businesses trading overseas.

EBCC closing times during Eid al-Fitr

Any documents received on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th of June will be processed as usual on Friday 7th of June.

Notice to Exporters 2019/08

Three open general licences relating to Iraq, maritime anti-piracy and export of military goods after exhibition or demonstration have been updated.

Turkey tightens its Custom Tax Policy for individual imports

Recently, the Presidency of Republic of Turkey rendered a decision that amended custom tax ratios and exemptions for certain types of goods.

BCC comments on PM statement

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, comments on the Prime Minister

UK signs trade continuity agreement with Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

The United Kingdom, this week, signed the UK-Andean Countries Trade Agreement in Quito, Ecuador.

Payments in China

Recent news from China on payments has been related to cashless consumer purchases, Alipay & Wechat Pay. But what of larger payments made by businesses for good and services?

Warming to Latin charms

The Latin America and the Caribbean region is equivalent to the world’s third-largest economy. Trade with the UK has been low but there are many opportunities.

CEO and lead team of Pittsburgh International Airport visit Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield

The visit to Sheffield was arranged and hosted by Mark Ashton, Founder & CEO of Resolve, a North of England-based business consultancy.

Chamber International appoints first-ever General Manager

Nikki Clow has been appointed the first-ever general manager of overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

BCC comments on GDP figures

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce, comments on the latest UK GDP statistics, published today by the ONS.

Growth in the US and the Eurozone strengthens in Q1

British Chamber of Commerce Economic Review 2019 - monthly headlines:

EU releases proposal on new WTO rules for electronic commerce

The EU has made public its text proposal on future rules and obligations on e-commerce as part of WTO negotiations on e-commerce.

British Chamber of Commerce in China

Exciting time for British Chamber of Commerce in China (BCCC) with some momentous changes and something of a “fresh beginning” taking place.

Port of Rotterdam warns shippers to register this month to avoid Brexit problems

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is asking companies to register in Portbase. Companies that have not yet registered should do this prior to 1 June 2019.

European Commission consultation on short-term export credit rules

Targeted consultation is aimed at key stakeholders with an in-depth understanding of the short-term export-credit insurance market.

Qatar, UK sign bilateral agreements on occasion of London's hosting of Qatar Day

Qatar Central Bank has signed a donation agreement with the UK's King's College to establish a Qatar Centre for Global Banking & Finance within King's Business School.

Exporters urged to present documents early during the month of Ramadan - 2019

The Arab British Chamber of Commerce and Embassies of the Arab League based in London will operate to shorter working hours during Ramadan.

New export advisor joins Chamber International

Laura Patterson has joined the client services team at overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, as an export adviser.

UK government works with global partners to fight illegal wildlife trade

This year, government ministers have marked Earth Day (22 April) by announcing that the schemes will each receive a share in

Bahrain is first nation to enact UNCITRAL model

The move is part of a series of sweeping reforms aimed at bolstering the digital readiness of the GGC region’s $1.5 trillion economy.

Softening Hard Borders through Tech: Brexit & the Irish Border

By Gareth Lewis, Independent Customs/Trade Consultant & former Senior Technical Officer, World Customs Organization (WCO).

BCC: Business communities still have little sense of Brexit destination

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce comments on the Prime Minister's announcement as she seeks to extend the Brexit deadline.

Davies Turner

Following an upgrade to its fixed-day, weekly rail import service for LCL cargoes from china, Davies Turner reports record transit times are being achieved.

Turkish delighted as Chamber International launches new alliance to boost UK exports

The new strategic alliance, which is pioneering within the British chambers global business network, is the fourth set up by Chamber International in the last eight months.

DG Azev

“We must be ready to learn from each other, so as to better understand what kind of policy framework would be conducive to an e-commerce environment that benefits everyone”.

Great launch for BIFA's Young Forwarders Network

BIFA, The Trade Association for UK Freight Forwarding and Logistics companies, has seen a successful launch for its new networking group, The BIFA Young Forwarders Network (YFN).

BCC Forecast: UK economy to falter further as Brexit uncertainty bites

BCC has slightly downgraded its growth expectations for the UK economy, forecasting growth of just 1.2% in 2019, which if realised would be the weakest growth in a decade.

Changes to the Immigration Rules

On March 7, UK Visa and Control have brought forward a number of changes to the Immigration Rules, which further demonstrate commitment to attracting leading talent, whilst also cracking down on abuse.

No-Deal Brexit Contingency Planning

In the event of a no-deal Brexit, Chamber International will continue to provide you with certification services using new 'United Kingdom' versions of forms.

The Future of Telemedicine

We can extend the reach of healthcare to the home, as well as under-served areas, Vitor Rocha CEO of Philips North America.

BCC comments on Article 50 vote: Businesses still in the danger zone

Although Parliament has requested the Prime Minister to seek an extension to Article 50, the purpose and the timeframe are yet to be determined, DG of the BCC.

US CBP to begin full ISF enforcement

From 15 March 2019, US Customs is going to start enforcing those fines for all importers who are failing to file their ISFs before the 48 hour period.

BCC comments on no-deal tariff plans

Abruptness of changes to tariff rates in the event of a no-deal exit from the EU would be an unwelcome shock to many of the businesses affected, DG of the British Chambers of Commerce.

New owners of North East engineering business complete major Russian export order

SDM has been sold to a Russian cement plant in a major export deal by a UK bulk-handling equipment manufacturer advised by Chamber International.

BCC: Disappointing lack of progress on continuity trade agreements

DG at BCC comments on the latest update to existing trade agreements if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

BCC/DHL: Volatility and price pressures weighing on UK exporters

The percentage of both manufacturing and services exporters who are expecting to increase their prices has risen in the past three months, latest Quarterly International Trade Outlook.

Multimodal champions young logistics professionals and innovative shippers as FTA Multimodal Awards opens for nominations

Snooker legend Steve Davis, OBE, has been announced as the host of the gala event.

New partnership will help Chamber International target Brazil

A major new international business partnership, the third in the last six months, has been launched by Chamber International, to help UK businesses trade with Brazil.

BCC: Government must listen to business on tariffs

DG of BCC comments on reports that the Cabinet is considering options around making imports tariff-free across the board if we leave the EU next month without a deal.

China announces more import and export duty cuts for 2019

Effective from 1 January 2019, China slashed import tariffs on 706 categories of products across a wide range of commodity codes.

Export Competition Encourages UK SMEs to take UK Plc to the World in 2019

The Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT) has launched its 10th

In conversation with

Chamber International is enjoying an upsurge in enquiries about export opportunities as the UK

Notice to exporters 2019/01:

The open general export licence military goods: collaborative project Typhoon has been updated to include Qatar as a permitted destination (effective 17 January 2019).

2019 China Official Holiday Schedule

If you are doing business with partners there, or plan to do so in the coming year, then make sure you take note of these dates and put them in your own calendar.

Internship research fast-tracks specialist export support for innovative businesses

Detailed research and analysis by 2 Leeds University students working as interns at Chamber International is set to help 10 businesses fast track their exporting to Dubai and China.

Chamber International supports Yorkshire laboratory supply company with export to China

Sophisticated laboratory equipment has been exported from Poland to China for a South Yorkshire business by overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Big squeeze on firms from recruitment, prices and cash flow

Survey finds that the UK economy ended 2018 stuck in a weak holding pattern as a result of heightened Brexit uncertainty and other economic pressures.

BCC: Westminster should be focused on needs of the country

Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce comments on the news that the Prime Minister will face a vote of no confidence.

BCC/DHL: Price pressures hitting manufacturing exporters

The survey, of over 2,500 exporters, shows that there is an increasing number of firms who are expecting to increase prices in the next three months.

DB Cargo UK launches new freight tracking system for customers

The new web-based portal allows DB Cargo UK customers to see the number and type of wagons on their service, as well as exactly what progress the loco is making at any given time.

See when we're open during the holiday period

Trade documentation services during the holiday period.

BCC comments on Brexit agreement

“Businesses will recognise the huge efforts made by the Prime Minister and across government to reach this milestone", DG of BCC.

Maritime marks WWI centenary with fleet of poppies

Maritime Transport has once again pledged its support to the Suffolk Royal British Legion

China jumps from 76 to 46 in World Bank

World Bank makes fascinating reading once again. One stand-out change is the huge overall gain made by China in the global rankings, up by 30 places in the last year.

Elddis Transport joins Palletforce

Elddis Transport, which is based on Consett, Co Durham, has joined the Palletforce network and will cover postcodes in the Consett area and north into the Tyne Valley.

Harrogate Water sets sights on Japanese market opportunity

An important new market for Harrogate Water could be Japan, according to sales and marketing director Rob Pickering.

Initial BCC reaction to Budget 2018: A shot in the arm for business investment and growth

“The Chancellor has demonstrated that he is listening to business concerns by delivering a Budget that supports investment and growth”, DG of the British Chambers of Commerce.

International handbag entrepreneur has import costs cut with help from Chamber International

An international handbag entrepreneur with a base in the UK has had her manufacturing import costs reduced thanks to help from overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

BCC: Ease Brexit uncertainty to boost innovation through trade

BCC & DHL survey has today revealed that almost half of businesses have uncertainty over Brexit front of mind when deciding whether to trade internationally.

Does the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement harbinger a new global trade order?

After 12 months of negotiations, the US, Mexico and Canada have finally signed a new deal to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA and many feel that it has significant implications.

Health product firm Smart Organic Solutions sets out plans to boost exports by 40%

Smart Organic Solutions appoints Chamber International to help it boost global exports by 40% after breaking into the African market.

HMRC launches phased roll out of Customs Declaration Service

New customs software has been launched by HMRC and is due to be in full implemented by early next year.

New German packaging law introduces Central Register along with other important changes

On 1 January 2019 the new German Packaging Act (VerpackG) will come into effect, which will bring a number of significant changes for companies introducing or circulating packaging in Germany.

UK companies must ensure quest for profits avoids modern slavery

Capitalism has long accepted that to generate business profits it is crucial to drive down costs but how far should this go?

Wide-Ranging Technical Guidance Issued By Government In Event of

Wide-ranging technical notices detailing guidance for UK companies and individuals if Britain ends up with a ‘no-deal’ Brexit have been published by the Government.

Chamber International sponsors PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards

Overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, is among sponsors for the PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards and International Trade Campaign 2019.

International Christmas posting dates released by Royal Mail

A comprehensive list of final dates for posting letters around the world, so that they arrive in time for Christmas, has been issued by the Royal Mail.

Immigration message not being heard, says UKWA

UKWA CEO has expressed the Association

Northern Powerhouse Export Awards return for 2019

The annual PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards is set to return for a 3rd year to recognise the North’s top exporters and celebrate achievements in international trade.

Six months to Brexit: Major new BCC survey finds investment and recruitment would be cut in the event of

One of the biggest surveys of business intentions since the EU referendum has found that nearly 2/3 of firms still aren

Germany to tackle online VAT fraud

The German Government has recently agreed to hold online market places jointly liable with sellers who do not register for and pay VAT in Germany - new law expected to come into force in January 2019.

New streamlined single customs declaration for importing into China

New streamlined single customs declaration in place after CIQ's merger with China Customs.

Chamber International internships help overseas students interested in global trade

Two new interns have worked with Chamber International this summer in a programme that helps young people learn about overseas trade and adding a global dimension to businesses.

Major contract to supply Vietnam won by Harrogate Water Brands

A MAJOR export contract to supply its award-winning bottled spring water to Vietnam has been won by Harrogate Water Brands.


The barriers facing SMEs when seeking international markets was the subject of a dissertation by a Chamber International intern, Charlotte Macdowell.

Growing concern as president Trump threatens to pull US out of WTO

A threat to pull out of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)

US launches second batch of tariffs on Chinese products amid

The US has stepped up its trade dispute with China by imposing a second batch of 25 per cent tariffs on around $16bn worth of Chinese imports.

Ellis extends export expertise with executive appointment

Global cable cleat innovator and market leader, Ellis has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Luke Berridge as export sales executive.

Hybrid technology makes operations greener and cleaner for DP World

DP World has announced it will be investing in the latest green technology at its UK ports to cut emissions and reduce its carbon footprint.

Major expansion to UK

ABP has announced a major expansion plan for two of its key operations in the Port of Immingham.

UK financial services importance to EU detailed in post-Brexit partnership proposal

The huge significance of the UK finance services sector to global trade

'Passport' extension for expo exhibitors

Shanghai Customs has issued a number of new measures as the city prepares for the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in November.

Sterling volatility major concern for exporters, says BCC/DHL Quarterly Survey

Many exporters are performing well but economic and political factors are weighing on them, according to the latest British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) survey in partnership with DHL.

Extra bureaucracy for businesses if UK leaves EU without a deal, Brexit secretary warns

Instructions for businesses are among "practical and proportionate" warnings set out by Brexit secretary in case the UK leaves the EU without a satisfactory negotiated agreement.

BCC comments on Brexit notices: A start, but businesses need more detail

DG of BCC comments on the publication of the 1st tranche of UK Government technical notices aimed at giving businesses and consumers advice on the implications of a 'no deal' Brexit.

UK Publishes Proposal for

It will be essential for the UK to offer a fair and competitive market for EU companies wishing to trade in the country after Brexit and visa versa, a new UK-EU partnership proposal document says.

Shipping Minister opens Portsmouth

Portsmouth International Port's new

Chamber International announces new deal to help businesses trade with UAE and Middle East

A major new business partnership, which will provide better UK support for companies wishing to trade in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Middle East, has been announced.

Expo 2020 Dubai eyes major Chinese business, visitor boost

Expo 2020 Dubai signs agreement with the China-Arab International Cooperation Committee to encourage Chinese firms to get involved.

Approval for flagship logistics park in Sheffield

Thousands of jobs are set to be created as a 838,000 sq ft new flagship prime logistics park, located on the site of the former Outokumpo works in Sheffield, has been given the go-ahead.

Gold Award for PD Ports

PD Ports, one of UK’s major port groups, achieves Gold status in the internationally-renowned RoSPA Health & Safety Awards, the longest-running industry awards scheme in the UK.

Speak up for global trade as force for good, WTO members urged

ALL those who believe in trade as a force for good should speak up in its defence as global tensions rise, DG of the World Trade Organisation, Roberto Azevedo, has urged.

Notice to exporters 2018/19: consultation launched on the national security and investment white paper

On 24 July 2018 the government published a white paper, national security and investment: proposed legislative reforms, and launched a public consultation.

Notice to exporters 2018/18: 12 OGELs updated to clarify security provisions

Twelve military and dual-use OGELs have been amended.

Kloeckner metals UK steels itself for export drive as global demand rises for British products

A global export drive is being launched by Kloeckner Metals UK to capitalise on growing overseas demand for British size and grade materials.

Three new export advisers join expanding team at Chamber International

THREE new staff have joined overseas trade specialist, Chamber International as part of a more experienced and cosmopolitan team able to speak 12 different languages.

DP World Southampton reaches new heights

Two brand new giant quay cranes, some of the biggest in the UK and almost as tall as the London Eye, will take up position at Southampton port

ATA Carnet a boom for many businesses in Qatar

Event organisers in Qatar are now more confident on holding international exhibitions in the run-up to implementation of ATA Carnet in Qatar from August 1.

BCC comments on new monthly GDP statistics and trade figures

Suren Thiru, Head of Economics at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) comments on the new monthly GDP statistics and key short-term indicators for May 2018.

XPO Logistics moves the Tour de France for the 38th year

XPO Logistics has been named the official transport partner of the 105th Tour de France, one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Record quarter for P&O Ferries' Zeebrugge-Hull dedicated freight service

P&O Ferries has reported the highest freight volumes yet on its new dedicated lift unit freight service between Zeebrugge and Hull, with Q2 seeing a fifth consecutive quarter of growth.

China announces new emissions limits for ships

All ships involved in domestic trades must comply with the IMO’s MARPOL NOx Tier II emission limits from 1 September 2018.

PD Ports make the move to TOPS at Multimodal 2018

Fargo Systems has announced that it has been appointed by PD Ports to provide transport management solutions to its logistics arm.

BCC: new momentum needed from both sides for Brexit breakthrough

Dr Adam Marshall, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce comments on Brexit progress ahead of the European Council meeting.

Notice to exporters 2018/17: Argentina export control policy updated

The restrictions imposed in 2012 on military and dual use exports to military end users in Argentina have changed.

Guidance on EU nationals a positive step, says BCC

The guidance published today will be welcomed by employers and EU employees alike - Mike Spicer, Director of Research at the British Chambers of Commerce.

WTO moves closer to full implementation of trade facilitation agreement

A total of 63 updates from WTO members on their timetables and needs to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) were welcomed at the organisation

Notice to exporters 2018/14: EU renews Russia sanctions concerning annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol

The EU has renewed its territorial sanctions that were put in place in response to the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia until 23 June 2019.

Heathrow flying high

Cargo at Heathrow Airport has grown for the 22nd consecutive month, passing the 144,000 tonne mark in May.

PD Ports

Jim French, PD Ports’ Director Portcentric Logistics, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to young people in the transport industry.

ABCC closing times during Eid al-Fitr

The ABCC will be closed on Friday 15 June 2018, for only one day, returning for business as usual on Monday 18 June 2018.

Brexit Latest - EU Issues Origin Notice

All Union primary and secondary law will cease to apply to the United Kingdom from 30 March 2019, 00:00h (CET) ('the withdrawal date').

Notice to exporters 2018/13: Effective 11 June 2018 New Merger and Takeover rules potentially affecting UK exporters

The government has strengthened its ability to scrutinise mergers and takeovers that may raise national security concerns, through new rules that came into force from 11 June 2018.

UK Government transport proposal seeks continuity with EU after Brexit

Continuity of air, maritime and rail services is at the heart of a framework document published by the government to discuss UK transport with the EU after Brexit.

EBCC closing times during Eid al-Fitr

Please note that the Egyptian British Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 of June 2018.

Central Bank of Egypt issues new instructions

These instructions are in light of the document issued by The Central Bank of Egypt dated 21.12.15 to its participation in reinforcing the national economy, removing trade barriers, and introducing easier measures for import

Updates from Thamesport and Felixstowe

A new short-sea container service has been launched from Hutchison Ports' London Thamesport providing even more choice for shippers in the South of England.

Government sets out framework for future EU trade partnership

UK Government sets out series of measures to promote a “new, deep and special partnership” with the EU after Brexit.

Open to Export launches International Business Awards Competition

Companies from anywhere in the world are invited to enter their completed

JD has a new highly efficient and cost-effective answer for merchants looking to get their products from EU into the hands of consumers in China


China has opened its borders to TIR in what is seen as a major stage in its ambitious Belt and Road initiative to open up trade and economic development with the West.

Notice to exporters 2018/12: open general transhipment licence updated following Venezuela sanctions

The ECJU has amended and republished its open general transhipment licence (OGTL).

BCC to Prime Minister: Time to 'fix the fundamentals' for UK growth

Gathered today in Manchester, Chamber business leaders are calling on the Prime Minister to balance the importance of securing the best possible deal with the EU.

Good news for Middle East trade as Qatar joins carnet system

Global trade with the Middle East is to get a boost after a decision by Qatar Chamber of Commerce and Industry to join the WCF ATA Carnet system this summer.

Exporters urged to present documents early during the month of Ramadan.

The Arab British Chamber of Commerce and Embassies of the Arab League based in London will operate to shorter working hours during Ramadan.

UPS strengthens cross-border capabilities with new flagship

UPS officially opened its new 32,000 square metre package sorting and delivery facility in the south east of England.

Agility Logistics reports 30% rise in Q1 profits, in

Agility has announced its Q1 2018 financial results, , revenue for the quarter reached KD 371.8 million and EBITDA was KD 37.7 million.

April showers record cargo volumes on Heathrow

London-Heathrow airport cargo volumes enjoyed their 21st consecutive record month in April 2018.

BCC comments on trade statistics

"The narrowing in the UK

DP World

Chris Lewis, MD of DP World UK and CEO of London Gateway, was recognised with Multimodal Personality of the Year at the FTA Multimodal Awards in Birmingham.

Notice to exporters 2018/11: OGELs amended to exclude Burma

On 27 April the EU amended its Burma sanctions regime to extend and strengthen its measures.

China replaces hand-written visa application forms with electronic versions

Chinese authorities have done away with the old hand-written visa application forms and replaced them with new ones that must be typed.

Singapore Airlines Named TripAdvisor's 'Best Airline In The World'

Singapore Airlines has been named this year’s ‘Best Airline in the World’ in the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards for Airlines 2018.

Notice to exporters 2018/09: UK company fined six-figure sum for illegal exports

A UK exporter has recently been fined more than £100,000 for exporting military goods without a license.

Dairy-free hot drinks to be part of

A RANGE of organic dairy-free drinks from a Yorkshire family business are set to cause a major stir in China, thanks to ‘origin’ specialists at Chamber International.

Innovative Ellis secures US Army Corps of Engineers civil works project

Cable cleats designed and manufactured in Yorkshire by Ellis have been specified and installed by (USACE) at the Fort Randall dam in Pickstown, South Dakota.

Notice to exporters 2018/08: new open general export licence published and 26 OGELs updated

The Department for International Trade has published a new open general export licence (OGEL).

Why exports are crucial to business success

Companies from throughout Scotland are discovering the benefits of exporting – from growing sales to minimising risk – while learning how to conquer challenges.

Notice to exporters 2018/07: guidance on the

The ECJU has published detailed guidance on interpreting the ‘Cryptography Note’ – Note 3 to Category 5 Part 2, Information Security in Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) No. 428/2009.

Omega forms new logistics partnership with XPO

Omega Plc has partnered with XPO Logistics to manage its distribution operations across the UK, as part of Omega’s “multimillion-pound investment and expansion programme”.

Bibby transports chocolate to make 65 million eggs for Easter

Bibby Distribution has transported 9,000 tonnes of liquid chocolate to manufacturers across the UK in the build-up to Easter, enough to make an Easter egg for everyone in Britain.

Evidence call as UK sets up Trade Remedies Authority as part of quitting EU

A new Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) is being set up by the UK as part of the process of leaving the EU and becoming an independent trading nation.

ABP Southampton welcomes biggest container ship yet?

ABP Southampton welcomed the largest container ship yet this weekend with the arrival of the CMA CGM Antoine De Saint Exupery.

The WTO and ICC select the Institute of Export & International Trade's 'Small Business Champions Initiative

The WTO and the ICC have selected The Institute of Export & International Trade’s proposal to run an ‘Open to Export International Business Awards’ over the summer of 2018, as part of the Small Business Champions initiative,

Notice to exporters 2018/06:

European Union Member States have produced some draft guidance on the meaning of

Notice to exporters 2018/04:

Changes have been made to article 2 (Interpretation) and Schedule 2 of the order. Four open general export licences have been amended accordingly.

P&O Ferries and Forth Ports plan new

P&O Ferries and Forth Ports have announced plans for new purpose-built £150m river berth on the Thames which will treble the port's freight capacity to 600k units a year by 2020.

Conformity to G-Mark Regulation now mandatory for exports to Saudi Arabia

SASO has recently begun to enforce the G-Mark Regulation for low voltage electrical products and toys, products must now comply with the G-Mark Technical Regulation.

DFDS reports record performance as North Sea freight volumes grow 7 percent

North Sea freight volumes grew by 7% in 2017. Despite Brexit and delayed agreement between the UK and EU, DFDS see that the UK’s economy is still growing, albeit at a slower pace.

Notice to exporters 2018/03:

Updates to controls on 'information security' products using cryptography - with the use of cryptography becoming more widespread, there has been an increase in the number of items controlled in this category.

Agility rides demand for infrastructure, contract logistics to strong 2017

Global demand for warehousing and freight forwarding services pushed Agility Logistics

Cable cleat experts Ellis secure Abu Dhabi deal

Cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis has once again demonstrated its export expertise by securing a major order from the Abu Dhabi Company for Petroleum Oil Operations (ADCO).

SASO announced new requirement for shipment certificate for exports of selected electricals

SASO has recently made an announcement regarding a new requirement for SASO Recognition Certificate which shall be effective from 15th February, 2018.

Agility is first forwarder to work with Maersk/IBM on Blockchain

Agility is the first freight forwarder to collaborate on a Maersk-IBM solution using blockchain technology to manage and track container shipments.

BCC: UK's trade position weakened by rise in imports

The sharp deterioration in the UK's net trade position in December was disappointing and means that trade is likely to have been a drag on UK growth in the final quarter of the year.

Chamber International sponsors York and North Yorkshire Chamber Dinner with guest speaker Jeremy Vine

Chamber International is among sponsors for this year's York and North Yorkshire Chamber annual dinner where the guest speaker is broadcaster and journalist, Jeremy Vine.

Calling budding Young International Traders

Students are called to join groundbreaking ‘Young International Traders’ scheme as it scales up to become a national campaign.

Yorkshire manufacturer exports to Israel with help from Chamber International

Beechfield Acoustics delivers its 1st consignment of silencers to a company in Haifa, Israel, for its own use and to supply to other businesses in the country.

Success for UK freight forwarders

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) has revealed the winners of its Freight Service Awards Competition 2017.

Port of Southampton looks forward to a record breaking 2018

2018 looks set to be another record-breaking year at the Port of Southampton, says Director Alastair Welch.

China waives import VAT and duties related to capital equipment components

On January 8, six Chinese government departments issued a joint announcement on the adjustment of import tax policy major technical equipment and its components.

Praise from Italian business after Chamber International alerts over Malaysian fake tenders scam

Three-quarters of a million businesses worldwide visit Chamber International’s website each year to keep up-to-date with the articles and information we carry.

Warning to exporters using postal services

We are receiving an unusually high number of queries relating to export documents being delayed or lost in the post.

CEO of Associated British Ports honoured for lifetime achievement

Chief Executive of Associated British Ports, James Cooper, has been honoured with a prestigious lifetime achievement award, in recognition of his contribution to the logistics industry.

No 'buts' as Chamber International helps IF Plc target China

Innovative book business, which already exports more than half its turnover to 70 countries, has appointed Chamber International to help develop its sales in China.

Notice to exporters 2017/29: 9 open licences amended - confirmation

As a result of amendments to the EU dual-use export control listwhich came into force on 16 December 2017, the export control organisation has updated 9 open general licences.

2018 China Official Holiday Schedule

China’s official holiday schedule for 2018 – the year of the dog - was released in November. If you are doing business with China, or plan to do so in the coming year, make sure you take note of these dates.

BCC forecast: Uncertainty constraining UK economic growth

BCC has slightly downgraded its 3-year outlook for the UK economy, cutting growth expectations from 1.6% to 1.5% in 2017, from 1.2% to 1.1% in 2018, from 1.4% to 1.3% in 2019.

PD Ports appointed as ships agent in the Humber region for KESS

PD Ports has been appointed as ships agent in the Humber region for one of Europe’s major short sea carrier operators, “K” Line European Sea Highway Services (KESS).

Arab British Chamber 40th Anniversary Accolade for Chamber International

A special award for supporting the Arab British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) in the 40 years since it was launched has been made to overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

Innovative Ellis scoops two awards at York Press Business Awards

Ellis Patents was the big winner at the York Press Business Awards 2017, winning the Business Innovation of the Year award and being named The Press Business of the Year.

Yorkshire calling: how grassroots support is helping regional's exports flourish

Few issues have thrust overseas trade into the public eye like the Brexit vote and its ramifications in the current sometimes-tetchy negotiations with Michel Barnier.

China announces consumer goods import tariff cuts from 1 December

China's customs bureau received written instruction from the State Council to temporarily cut import tariffs for a wide range of consumer goods, from the start of next month.

Notice to exporters 2017/27: nine open licences amended

The Export Control Organisation (ECO) has updated and amended 9 open general export licences (OGELs).

Groupe Eurotunnel becomes Getlink

This new name, reflecting the dynamism of connection and exchange, marks the Group’s passage into an exciting new era for mobility infrastructures.

Catalonia comes to Birmingham

Barcelona connects to 400 milion consumers in Europe and North Africa in under 48 hours. With state of the art infrastructures, the logistics sector in Catalonia is a sound sector for foreign investment.

Exporting to Saudi Arabia - Enforcement of SASO Technical Regulation for Degradable Plastic Products

All Degradable plastic products being exported to Saudi Arabia as a final product must bear the below “Oxo-biodegradable” logo from 12 December on.

Impact Handling acquires Bendigo Mitchell

Impact Handling continues to strengthen its UK operation with the acquisition of Midlands-based Fork Lift Specialist Bendigo Mitchell.

Goods exported to the Ivory Coast will require Certificates of Conformity from 1st March 2018

The Government of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) has introduced a Verification of Conformity programme for all exports to the country which commences 1st March 2018.

Notice to exporters 2017/25: new EU sanctions against Venezuela

European Union imposed new sanctions against Venezuela. The restrictive measures came into force on 14 November 2017.

Heathrow moves a record 150,000 metric tonnes of cargo

Heathrow Airport has handled more than 150,000 metric tonnes of cargo in a month for the first time.

Maersk revenue up 14pc in Q3

Maersk executed on the strategy to separate out its energy businesses in Q3 and entered into an agreement for Total S.A. to acquire Maersk Oil for US$7,450.0 million.

Multimodal speeds up with Eurotunnel

Logistics companies depend on us for our speed and efficiency helping them to deliver goods with confidence.

New vehicle export terminal opened by International Trade Minister

A vehicle export terminal, part of a £50m investment by ABP in the Port of Southampton, has been officially opened by International Trade Minister, the Rt Hon Greg Hands MP.

UK credit agency partners with banks to offer better support for exporters

British exporters can access financial support faster and more efficiently, thanks to a new scheme by the UK’s specialist credit agency, UK Export Finance (UKEF).

New platform to speed Hapag container moves

Hapag-Lloyd has become the first ocean carrier in the UK to offer the reUse container management services offered through Avantida.

Yusen Logistics awarded major logistics contract with Haier

Yusen Logistics UK has been awarded a major contract with Haier for nationwide distribution of their complete product range.

BCC Budget Submission: be bold, Chancellor, and ease business rates hardship

BCC urges the government to take immediate action to halt the expected 3.9% increase in business rates valuations next year.

Tributes Paid to Exporting Titan Mike Strawson

Tributes have been paid to Mike Strawson who died on Sunday 8 October after a brave battle with cancer.

Tissuemed looks to seal more deals in China

Surgical technology company is working with Chamber International, as it develops sales by gaining a greater understanding of Chinese commerce and healthcare.

Latest trade figures 'paint gloomy picture' says British Chambers of Commerce

Latest trade figures released today (Tuesday Oct 10) by The Office For National Statistics show a far weaker position than usual for this time of year, British Chambers of Commerce says.

Better export sales fail to spark UK economic growth, says British Chambers of Commerce Survey

British export sales and orders improved during the last three months contributing to overall ‘muted growth’, according to the latest BCC Quarterly Economic Survey.

CM Downton has expanded its operations with the acquisition of a 280,000 sq ft distribution hub

The large warehouse is based on a 20-acre site at Newhouse Farm Distribution Centre in Chepstow, which previously belong to supermarket retailer Tesco.

Gist wins three-year contract with Arla Foods UK

Gist has won a new contract with Arla Foods UK to store and distribute milk in the north of England and Scotland.

FTA launches new Logistics Awards celebrating Leadership and Excellence across the Supply Chain

Nominations are open for the inaugural FTA Logistics Awards, recognising leadership and excellence from across the supply chain.

The United Nations of Ellis

Distributors from 20 different countries descended on the North Yorkshire village of Rillington this week for cable cleat manufacturer, Ellis’ triennial Distributor Conference.

Davies Turner adds apprentices

Davies Turner & Co Ltd has again recruited a total of 12 A-level school leavers and graduates for this year’s trainee programme.

Innovative car styling business seeks Chamber International help to move exports up a gear in China

An innovative car-styling company has contracted Chamber International to help it create new sales partnerships in China.

BIFA's Standard Trading Conditions to be launched on 1st October

The new edition of the British International Freight Association's (BIFA) Standard Trading Conditions (STC) will be launched on 1st October 2017. The terms were last revised in 2005.

University students get helping hand from Chamber International

A Swiss-Italian student has received special help with a thesis for a Chinese and Management MA at Leeds University from overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

Certificates of Conformity now required for goods exported to Kurdistan

With immediate effect, shipments to the Kurdistan region will require a Certificate of Conformity in order to clear customs.

British food exporters relieved as China delays introduction of new EHC requirement

China's proposed extension of the Export Health Certificate requirement has been delayed and will no longer be introduced on 1 October 2017, officials have announced.

Extra authorisation needed for non-UK goods bound for Iraq

All goods made outside the UK, and being exported to Iraq, must now be accompanied by a formal letter of authorisation from the sender, the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce says.

Yorkshire clothing designer set to bring 'unique' fashion brand to China

Yorkshire men’s fashion company, which wants to help revitalise UK's textile industry, is to step up exporting to China after being selected for a major new showcase of British brands in Beijing.

British Chamber of Commerce calls for greater clarity on future dispute resolution with the EU

Although the Government says Britain “will take back control of our laws” after Brexit, it does not rule out the ECJ keeping its jurisdiction during a transition period due to start from March 2019.

Trade documentation services during Eid Al Adha

Several embassies will close for several days during the week commencing on Tuesday 29 August and part of the following week.

BCC comments on government position paper on continuity in availability of goods

Businesses will welcome the British government's desire to maintain maximum continuity in the way goods are traded when the UK withdraws from the EU, DG of BCC.

Export industry boasts solid performance in new BCC/DHL Trade Outlook report

The survey, based on the responses of over 3,500 exporting businesses, shows that export sales remained steady during Q2 2017, still standing at the third highest level on record.

"Don't get tricked by Malaysian fake tenders scam" businesses warned

Businesses are being alerted by BBC to watch out for Malaysian fraudsters who issue bogus tenders to “lure, deceive and swindle money from overseas businesses.

Qatar invests for new era for trade and launches new business centre

British businesses interested in doing business with Qatar are being urged to get involved now as the country invests in a new era of trade and investment.

BCC: UK's trade position remains underwhelming

"The sharp deterioration in UK’s net trade position in June was disappointing, and means trade deficit in Q2 of this year came in slightly higher than in the previous quarter", BCC.

UK's services export surplus is growing three times faster outside the EU

BRITAIN is exporting more and more of its services expertise to the furthest continents in the world, far outstripping its performance with the EU, latest figures from ONS.

Demand for export help creates new role at Chamber International

Growing demand for help with exporting has led Chamber International to boost its client services team with the appointment of a new account handler.

New export regulations for some goods issued by Iraq

New export regulations for some categories of goods being sent to Iraq have been issued by the country’s embassy.

Professional background of UK's new chief trade negotiator shows nation’s future is in safe hands

Crawford Falconer, who holds joint UK/New Zealand citizenship, will not come into his own until Britain starts negotiating with the rest of the world after Brexit is complete.

Two EU countries announce plans to invest in UK

Two EU countries have announced plans either to manufacture in the UK or open a base here.

Iraq issues list of hazardous chemicals that need import license

Companies exporting hazardous chemical materials to Iraq will now need an import license before they do so, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq.

Exporters can catch up on latest data protection information

Exporters can catch up with forthcoming legislative changes at a briefing to be held by York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce next month.

Queens Award for Enterprise 2017

If you think your business deserves to be recognised as one of the very best, enter The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise. Winners have reported gaining global recognition, boosting staff morale and increasing growth.

Footstools asks Chamber International to take a seat and help its European export drive

A Yorkshire bespoke furniture manufacturer has contracted overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, to help it double exports to Europe in the next 12 months.

Expect signs astonishing deal

Expect Distribution has signed a three year contract with cruelty-free cleaning product manufacturer Astonish.

Descartes adds proscribed terrorist groups to denied party database

Descartes Systems has announced that the database of denied and restricted parties has been extended to include terrorist groups and organisations banned under UK law.

DSV lift with Stannah renewal

DSV has retained Stannah’s UK business thanks to its transparency and local approach to business.

The British Chamber of Commerce Qatar statement on the GCC/Qatar trade embargo

BCCQ remains confident that the long-term economic prospects for Qatar look exceedingly strong.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Subdued growth in Q2 amid challenging business conditions

Based on the responses of over 7,700 businesses in Q2 2017, the results for both sectors indicate that the UK economy grew at a subdued rate in the second quarter of 2017.

UK freight forwarders welcome Customs fallback system

BIFA welcomed news that an electronic back up system has received formal approval from UK government.

Cars via landbridge to Zeebrugge

First China-built Volvo S90 sedans arrive in Europe via ground-breaking rail link.

Maersk Advisory Update July 9th 2017

Most of Maesrk systems now back online and tracking data up to 8th of July available.

Channel Tunnel innovation

€6.4 million Freight Train scanner, paid for entirely by Eurotunnel, will be sited on the national railway network following an agreement reached with SNCF Réseau.

Port of Hull secures new Polish/Baltic sailing with Unifeeder

ABP have announced that market leader for container transportation, Unifeeder have confirmed their second Polish/Baltic sailing to the Humber will call at the port of Hull.

Businesses hear how China's new Silk Road will bring work and trade opportunities

UK Businesses heard how they can prepare to bid for contracts in the world's biggest-ever infrastructure project and help open to door to wider trade with China.

Potato crisp manufacturer on track with exports after signing deal to supply Aldi stores in Australia

Seabrook Crisps on target to achieve four per cent of its annual £30m turnover in export sales by the end of this financial year.

Central Bank of Egypt removes foreign currency transfer limits

The Central Bank of Egypt has removed limits on international currency transfers, a long-awaited step that could spur foreign investment to Egypt.

Trade documentation services during Eid El-Fitr

Certification and legalisation of documents for the Middle East and other Islamic regions with be delayed with the end of the holy month of Ramadan on Monday (June 26).

Heathrow and Exporting is GREAT launch World of Opportunity Grants Programme

Grants programme to provide 20 SMEs with the financial boost they need to explore and develop export opportunities through trade missions, trade shows or market research.

Asda opens doors to £100m automated DC

Asda has opened the doors to its new £100m automated distribution centre in Warrington, with an official visit by Prince Andrew.

Chamber International China affairs specialist to speak at Hong Kong trade seminar

A China affairs specialist at Chamber International has been selected to speak at a free seminar in Leeds this month to help businesses access the Asian export market.

FTA urges Customs rethink

The FTA has called for the new government to review its decision to leave the EU Customs Union, given the confusion caused by the results of the General Election and lack of a clear mandate from British voters.

Another record breaker at the Port of Felixstowe

The largest container ship to call in North Europe so far has made its maiden call at the Port of Felixstowe.

Clipper signs pan-European deal with Smiffys

Clipper Logistics has signed a new contract with fancy dress supplier Smiffys, which has a network over 5,000 stockists globally.

Qatari restrictions set to disrupt shipping sector, report says

A report by HFW lists a series of measures taken against Qatar including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severing diplomatic ties.

Sterling Oil set for 'breakthrough' export boost to Iraqi market

A Yorkshire company is set to export blended oils to one of the world’s biggest oil producing countries after seeking help from overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

BCC reaction to General Election result

The formation of a workable administration that can give voters and businesses confidence around economic management must be the immediate priority.

GCC States Trade Embargo with Qatar

The Qatar government have emphasised that their ports and the airport remain open and they are operating business as usual for companies that have future business in Qatar.

Northern Logistics Specialist Short-Listed for National Award

A Lancashire distribution professional has been shortlisted for a national logistics award.

Hapag-Lloyd and UASC complete merger

Peel Logistics Property has bought a 48-acre former steel site next to Meadowhall to develop a new flagship prime logistics park.

FINAL CALL: Export Champion Applications Closing Monday 5th June

CommonwealthFirst is currently accepting applications for their third cohort of UK SME Commonwealth Export Champions.

Exporters urged to present documents early during the month of Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan began on the 27th May and will end on or around the 23rd June 2017.

Notice to exporters 2017/10: latest export control training bulletin published

The ECO has published the latest version of its export control training bulletin including events to help exporters understand their obligations under export control legislation.

Professional Export body honours Chamber International director, Tim Bailey

A prestigious accolade in recognition of services to export has been made to the director of Chamber International, Tim Bailey.

More northern businesses must engage with G20 if UK is to influence post-Brexit international trade

BRITISH businesses need to dramatically increase their engagement with the G20 if the UK wants to influence world trade after Brexit, says the ICC UK.

Flying Jaguars between Birmingham and Chicago

Emirates Skycargo has operated a B777F from Birmingham airport as part of a new bespoke service for the carriage of exclusive Jaguar Land Rover cars to Chicago.

Chamber International cuts import costs for West Yorkshire manufacturer

A major technology import into Yorkshire has been managed by overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

Message from National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC)

Understand the way coordinated ransomware attacks work and how the existing infections from the malware can spread within networks.

Maersk Line deploys its first 2nd generation Triple-E

Peel Logistics Property has bought a 48-acre former steel site next to Meadowhall to develop a new flagship prime logistics park.

Award Honour for Chamber International Senior Export Adviser

ONE of Yorkshire’s best-known export professionals is being honoured with a special award.

Chamber International Sponsors Prestigious National Export Award

A prestigious international trade award, open to scores of students throughout the UK, is being sponsored by overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

Global exporter Burberry to open Leeds office and relocate 300 jobs

Luxury fashion brand Burberry, a global exporter, is to relocate 300 jobs to Leeds from its London headquarters in a move that reinforces its commitment to Yorkshire.

Pecan Deluxe contracts Chamber International to keep it sweet with Europe after Brexit

Major Yorkshire food company, which exports more than 75% of its food to the EU, hired Chamber International, to help it continue to prosper in Europe after Brexit takes effect.

Food exporters seek clarity regarding China's new Export Certificate for Foodstuffs

British food and beverage exporters have been seeking answers since China announced a change to requirements for import documentation.

British Centres for Business Launches Services in Abu Dhabi

A professional services company that helps UK companies to break into the UAE market has achieved its ambition to launch in the capital city of Abu Dhabi.

York frozen food manufacturer secures lucrative Japanese export contract with help from Chamber International

York-based and family-run frozen food business JE Hartley has landed a lucrative deal to supply its frozen vegetables to global food giant Heinz in Japan.

Routes and Branches helps businesses reach for growth through overseas trade

Read about Routes and Branches Ltd, a boutique export consultancy which helps British small businesses owners grow their companies and break into export markets.

Good news for East-West trade as Kazakhstan joins Carnet system

There is good news for East-West trade - Kazakhstan to join the World Chamber Federation ATA Carnet system from April 1.

Media and entertainment sectors expertise boosts business at Chamber International

SPECIALIST export work is being referred into Yorkshire from all over the UK in recognition of expertise developed by Chamber International.

Chamber International saves Tate

An ATA Carnet issued by overseas trade specialist, Chamber International, has saved £6,925 in import duty for national art gallery, Tate, in London.

Confidence boost for exporters ahead of Article 50 trigger

Confidence among exporters that their turnover will improve jumped in Q4 2016, ahead of further moves towards Brexit.

PD Ports Export Awards success ‘Good for profile of overseas trade’

Cable manufacturer, JDR Cables, was victorious in the first PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards at The Marriott Hotel, Leeds, this month.

York Brewery seeks Chamber International help to export award-winning beers

A North Yorkshire craft brewery is set to start exporting after achieving UK wide sales for its award-winning range of beers.

Logistics specialist joins Chamber International to support UK export drive

Logistics and supply chain professional, Robin Finnis (pictured right), is advising clients from multi-national companies to new-start businesses in Yorkshire and throughout UK.

Fall in Sterling expected to increase cost base and push up prices

The recent fall in the value of Sterling is squeezing domestic sales margins, and increasing the cost base of UK businesses, says BCC latest International Trade Survey.

BCC International Trade Survey: Europe to remain key export market despite Brexit vote

UK companies remain committed to strong trading relationships with EU customers and suppliers despite Brexit vote, BCC International Trade Survey, released today (Monday).

The North shines in export awards shortlist

Firms in sectors including digital, healthcare, manufacturing and food & drink are amongst those making the shortlist for the 2016/17 PD Ports Northern Powerhouse Export Awards.

New-start: Pharmaceutical business exports first consignment of medicines to Iraq

FIRST consignment of British manufactured medicines has been exported to Iraq by a new Yorkshire pharma business set up to give Iraqi people access to high-quality treatments.

BCC Quarterly Economic Survey: Businesses start New Year in solid health, but inflationary pressures a concern

Results show uptick in the manufacturing sector in Q3 has been sustained in the final quarter, more service sector firms were expecting growth than they were just after the EU referendum.

Four years and half a million customers

British Airways is celebrating four years at Leeds Bradford Airport with news that more than half a million customers have flown to London and beyond from the heart of Yorkshire.

Rise in UK Exports Narrows October Trade Deficit

Exports rose by £2bn, while imports fell by £1.8bn, defying warnings that June’s BREXIT vote would herald a sharp UK export slowdown to the Eurozone.

Our man in China supports UK business at one of country’s biggest trade fairs

China trade specialist, Matthew Grandage, has returned from Sichuan where he helped man the stand of a UK exporter at one of the country’s biggest annual trade fairs.

Chamber International showcases pioneering management software at major trade fair

Chamber International’s pioneering business management tool ‘edge’ got a thumbs up from potential customers when it was demonstrated at its first trade exhibition this autumn.

BCC: Boost SME export support to navigate uncertainty

Results show that exports are expected to grow at a slower pace in the coming months, and confidence in turnover and profitability has also fallen in the medium term.

How Pickersgill-Kaye’s products held the key to unlocking success in overseas markets

AN advertisement in the Official Journal of The European Communities made lock designers and manufacturers, Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd, realise the time had come to consider exporting.

Chilean trade specialist's visit will help Yorkshire businesses wanting to export to Latin America

BUSINESSES wanting to export to Chile can get face-to-face help when a Chilean market intelligence specialist visits West Yorkshire this month - thanks to Chamber International.

Ellis cable cleats installed in Costa Rica for the first time

The Costa Rican electricity authority, ICE has become the first organisation in Costa Rica to install Ellis cable cleats in an electrical installation.

Chamber International connects Verder Pumps with Chamber Overseas Network for export help

HELP from Chamber International in putting Verder Ltd in touch with Chamber Overseas Network has helped the company make two significant export breakthroughs.

Belgian trade official to speak in Yorks after Flanders urges UK post-Brexit trade deal

THE first Belgian trade official to visit Yorks since the PM of its Flanders region said it was desperate to do a post-BREXIT trade deal with the UK is to speak in Leeds this month.

The Proton Group: dispensing beverage hygiene solutions overseas

Breakthroughs in the US market take The Proton Group's exports to new heights.

Exporting to Cameroon - Certificate of Conformity now required

Shipments arriving after the 31 August 2016, and not accompanied by the mandatory Certificate of Conformity, will be rejected and penalties applied.

CurePharma plans overseas healthcare improvements through medicine exports

NEW medicines and pharmaceuticals wholesaler and distributor to solve difficulties faced by millions of people in Iraq in obtaining modern medicines to treat many illnesses effectively.

Top tips for manufacturers new to exporting

Subsequent fall in the value of the pound has created a more competitive climate for UK businesses trading overseas.

Brazil clears final hurdle to enter ATA Carnet System before the Olympics

Brazil has entered the international ‘passport for goods’ system, ATA Carnets, in preparation for the 2016 Summer Olympics which starts in Rio De Janeiro on 5 August.

British Chambers of Commerce reaction to EU referendum result

Dr Adam Marshall comments on the EU referendum result.

Referendum result poses challenges to exporters but will not end EU trade, says Chamber International

Without access to EU trade agreements, UK businesses could become less competitive.

Show opens new doors for Pickersgill-Kaye’s products

Pickersgill-Kaye reported brisk business following the Home Office’s 2016 Security & Policing Exhibition in Farnborough.

Historic agreement opens door to China for Yorkshire businesses

NEW links with China have been forged for Yorkshire businesses thanks to a pioneering partnership agreed by Chamber International.

The 2016 Chamber Business Awards are open for entry

The Chamber Business Awards are open for entry until midnight on Friday 24 June. Regional winners will be announced on 19 September and national winners on 24 November.

Extra KLM weekday service to take to the skies from today

KLM & LBA now offer more choice and flexibility for people across Yorkshire wishing to connect onto destinations across Europe or to the Far East, China, South America and South Africa.

M&J Seafood teams up with Chamber International for export venture

The UK’s largest independent fish and seafood supplier has just completed its first export order, with help from Chamber International.

Standards and Conformity Certification now required for exports to Bangladesh

Regulated Products not accompanied by a Certificate of Conformity may be subject to post landing examination and testing, resulting in clearance delay or shipment rejection.

Global trade growth to remain sluggish in 2016 as uncertainties hit global demand, WTO warns

GROWTH in world trade is expected to remain sluggish in 2016 but should pickup the following year, according to the latest forecast from Word Trade Organisation (WTO) economists.

Exporting to Gabon - Certificate of Conformity now required

Shipments arriving after the 20 May 2016, and not accompanied by the mandatory Certificate of Conformity, will be rejected and penalties applied.

New Requirements for Plugs and Sockets for Exports to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Standards, Quality and Metrology Organization issued revised Standard for Plugs and Socket Outlets effective 8 May 2016.

Supporting businesses via TwitChat

Chamber International is proud to be supporting Export Week 2016 with various activities including a TwitChat to give exporters an opportunity to ask questions about the mechanics of exporting goods.

See when we’re open during the holiday period

With the upcoming Easter bank holidays exporters are kindly requested to present documentation for certification and legalisation in good time to allow for delays.

Chinese growth opportunities for UK firms

UK exporters should not be put off by China’s slowing economy and volatile stock market, instead focus on significant growth opportunities, according to a trade expert.

Exporting to China is grand for Dales piano maker

A DALES company which secured a lucrative contract to supply hand-built pianos to China is preparing to send the biggest shipment yet - its first full-sized grand piano.

New weight checks for exporters shipping FCLs

Exporters of full container loads (FCLs) are being urged to familiarise themselves with changes to safety regulations which come into force on 1 July.

Leeds Bradford airport once again confirmed as top UK airport for on time performance

Leeds Bradford Airport has been named for the second consecutive quarter as the UK airport having the highest percentage of on time flights.

Wensleydale leads the way

A MAJOR campaign to drive up food and drink exports has seen Chamber International client Wensleydale Creamery appointed as a ‘food pioneer’.

Saudis look to Yorkshire experts for trade advice

MEMBERS of an elite Saudi business organisation flew in from Riyadh to learn the secrets of successful exporting from overseas trade specialists Chamber International.

BCC: Co-ordinated international action needed to stop aggressive avoidance schemes

Government called to push for agreement on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting and work with other countries and the OECD to get things right.

Experts coach SMEs to export success

Look out for Guyson and Chamber International at Southern Manufacturing 2016, and learn more about the We are International Export Network from them.

Sanctions relief paves the way for developing UK trade relationship with Iran

UKEF, the UK’s export credit agency, has reintroduced cover to support UK companies seeking to compete for business in Iran.

New importation regulation for Egypt

The Ministry of Trade & Industry announces that certain products that are exported to Egypt for the retail market have to be registered at the General Organisation for Export & Import Control.

Cross-government approach at heart of new drive to boost exports

A new whole-of-government approach to boosting British exports delivered through a transformed UKTI has been announced today by Trade Minister Lord Maude.

The UK and China announce new visa changes

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his British counterpart Philip Hammond met in Beijing on Tuesday, vowing more cooperation between their countries in industry, finance and culture.

BCC: Positive economic growth but manufacturing exports slump

Key manufacturing and services balances were weaker this quarter, but manufacturing firms fared far worse. This has led Britain’s two-tier growth trend to become further entrenched.

Exports to Turkey - Urgent Notice

The Turkish Customs authorities are no longer accepting electronic signatures on A.TR and EUR1 documents.

Top Bradford exporters reveal secrets of their success

Three of Bradford’s leading exporters are set to share their export journey, offer their insights and reveal their top tips for local businesses looking to break into international trade.

Top Yorkshire exporters reveal secrets of their success

Free event aims to help grow the Yorkshire Economy by helping every business fulfil their export potential.

Shipments to Egypt - stricter paperwork requirements with immediate effect

Certificates of Origin are now mandatory for shipments to Egypt and must be certified by the Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce and legalised by the Egyptian Consulate in London.

Businesses get the edge at Export Network event

MORE than 50 business representatives from across the region shared advice and experiences at the ninth We are International Export Network event.

BCC: Business seeking clear results from EU Summit

John Longworth, BCC Director General, comments ahead of the EU Summit

BCC: ‘Gutless’ runway delay bad for business

BCC Director General John Longworth expresses dismay over the delay to increased airport capacity in the South East.

BCC: Trade deficit is a major challenge for the UK

David Kern, Chief Economist at the BCC comments on the UK trade figures for October 2015 published today by the ONS.

Chamber International launch new innovative ‘toolkit’ for small business

AN INNOVATIVE cloud-based business toolkit designed to be ‘your business in your pocket’ is being launched exclusively in Leeds today (Thursday 10 December).

Aer Lingus Regional announces new route from Leeds Bradford Airport to Cork

Aer Lingus Regional, has today announced an important new route from Leeds Bradford Airport to Cork in SW Ireland commencing on 15th March 2016.

Exports and role of UKTI inquiry launched

The Business, Innovation and Skills Committee launches an inquiry looking at Exports and the role of UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).

A personal insight into one of our senior associates, David Attia, by Telegraph & Argus

Ambitions, achievements, key tips for success, hobbies, and more.

Export experts turn out to spread the word

EXPERIENCED exporters will be sharing their business wisdom and tips at a networking event designed to help others tap into the global marketplace.

'Exporting is GREAT' Roadshow to promote government's most ambitious export campaign to date

Government's most ambitious export campaign to inspire 100,000 more businesses to trade overseas by 2020.

Leeds Bradford airport confirmed as top UK airport for on time performance

CAA has confirmed that LBA has been named as the UK airport having the highest percentage of on time flights and also the airport registering the largest year on year improvement.

Rules of Origin: A decade of negotiating reform leads nowhere

This latest blog, from Chamber International director Tim Bailey, looks at the challenges exporters face in achieving preferential market access for their products.

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status Discussed at Chamber International Event

THE significance of AEO status in international trade was the theme of a seminar held by Chamber International in Leeds this summer.

New chemical shipment regulations Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

All chemical imports into Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (SAJED) will be subject to new shipment regulations effective 12 December 2015.

BCC: Trade deficit remains excessive despite September improvement

David Kern, Chief Economist at the BCC comments on the UK trade statistics for September 2015 published on Friday 6 November by the ONS.

BCC: Time for a bonfire of the Westminster vanities

As the nation prepares for Bonfire Night – BCC has published a series of provocative articles challenging the cosy Westminster consensus on a range of business and economic issues.

BCC: Slump in export growth and confidence dominates Q3 trade outlook

As businesses across Britain gather in London to discuss opportunities for export growth, BCC & DHL report reveals a drop in both export growth and confidence among UK exporters.

FTA voices concern as Calais again descends into chaos

Frequent invasions of the Eurotunnel compound by migrants in recent days have caused long delays for freight on both sides of the Channel.

BCC: Single Market Review seems less than revolutionary

John Longworth, BCC Director General, comments on the European Commission’s Single Market Strategy.

Export week offers Yorkshire and the Humber businesses opportunity to start or increase trade overseas

Wide range of events being staged by UKTI between 9 and 13 November

Top Calderdale exporters reveal secrets of their success

Three of Calderdale’s leading exporters are set to share their export journey, offer their insights and reveal their top tips to local businesses.

Border reforms will reduce risk and shorten delivery times for UK exporters

Trade-based money laundering, where the proceeds of crime are disguised through trade, has increased due to the tightening of global financial regulations.

Eastern Airways launches significant capacity increase on Leeds Bradford – Southampton Route

Eastern Airways has almost doubled seat capacity on its Leeds Bradford – Southampton route to give Yorkshire business travellers even greater choice.

Experts share secrets of world-class exports to put firms on map

Chris Holland meets the Bradford-based specialists Chamber International oiling the wheels of commerce.

50th Country signs up to Trade Facilitation Agreement

Macedonia became the 50th country to ratify the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) this month (October).

Assa Abloy announces acquisition of Pickersgill-Kaye Limited

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd, a leading company manufacturing and supplying locking solutions.

China and EU to launch mutual AEO recognition to boost trade

China and the European Union are set to launch a mutual recognition on an Authorized Economic Operator certificate on November 1 to boost bilateral trade.

BCC: Trade deficit narrows in August but remains unsustainable

David Kern, Chief Economist of the British Chambers of Commerce comments on the trade figures for August 2015 published today by the ONS.

Global challenges mean UK economic growth will be “only moderate’ in next year says BCC Survey

Only moderate economic growth can be expected for the UK during the next 12 months, according to the latest BCC Quarterly Economic Survey.

Experian's insight into the Chinese market

Experian sheds light on the wider issue of China’s economic slowdown, reinforced by the devaluation of their currency earlier in August, and how it will affect other parts of the world.

From Vikings of York to Akbars of Bradford: how the face of Yorkshire has changed

ASIAN BUSINESS leaders have paid tribute to “the splendid country of Yorkshire” for giving migrants the opportunity and motivation to succeed in business.

Leeds Bradford & Heathrow Airports to deliver benefits & cost savings for BA passengers

With an increasing number of Yorkshire business & leisure travellers flying to London there are now even more reasons to fly with British Airways to the capital and beyond.

Trade boosted UK GDP by 1% in Q2 2015, says BCC report

The UK trade deficit narrowed from £13.4bn in Q1 2015 to £9.1bn in Q2 2015, the lowest since Q2 2013, according to the latest BCC Global Monthly Economic Review.

Rail engineering company revels in Pickersgill-Kaye’s lock manufacturing expertise

Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd’s rail expertise has helped an engineering company completely re-build the cab layout of a 50-year-old locomotive as part of a modernisation project for Network Rail.

Yorks cameraman broadcasts World Scout event after export help from Chamber International

Chamber International saves cameraman £3000 and enables fast-track of his professional equipment through Japanese Customs.

Chamber International and BPCC Trade can help you export to Poland, EU’s fastest-growing market

Poland is the now the fastest growing market in the EU and, to capitalise on this, is to receive €106 billion of EU investment between 2014 and 2020.

UK Iranian Embassy Re-Opening Signals Re-Engagement for Trade

The re-opening of The British Embassy in Tehran is the first step in Britain’s re-engagement with Iran following the nuclear agreement this summer.

Shulmans’ international expertise shortlisted in Law Society Excellence Awards

Leeds corporate law firm, whose founding partner, Jeremy Shulman, is an Export Network ambassador, has been shortlisted for a major award for its international work.

Why Vietnam holds promise for UK PLC

There are several good reasons why UK businesses should consider doing business with Vietnam, or invest in the country, which has been a member of the WTO since 2007.

Cycle or bust! Export adviser raises

MORE than £700 has been raised for a series of Yorkshire charities by senior adviser at Chamber International, David Attia.

If the cap fits......fancy dress company asks Chamber International to help it go global

Fancy dress costume manufacturer, which has generated £4m annual turnover since launching in the depths of banking crisis, has appointed Chamber International to help it go global.

Top 100 listing for Northern chemicals distributor

Chemicals distributor, 2M Holdings, parent of Leeds-based Surfachem Group Ltd, has been listed in the prestigious ICIS Top 100 Chemical Distributors.

Chamber International to take top Yorks delegation to global trade conference in London

Delegation of Yorkshire’s top exporters and overseas trade professionals being taken to BCC International Trade Conference in London as part of moves to boost the region’s economy.

Service sector has potential to boost UK’s overseas trade, British Chambers of Commerce survey says

The service sector holds the key to unleashing the UK’s export potential, according to the latest BCC annual international trade survey.

Cheers! Chamber International puts some fizz into Adrian’s day

UK Service Manager at Rawdon-based Airedale International Air Conditioning Ltd, had some fizz put into his day when he visited overseas trade specialist Chamber International.

Suffolk export training contract won by Chamber International

A KEY contract to provide export training to Suffolk Chamber of Commerce has been won by Yorkshire-based international trade specialist, Chamber International.

We are International and its link to the fast-growing Brazilian market

Brazil, world’s 5th largest nation and one of the BRICs economies, has entered the modern era of international trade, says overseas trade specialist Chamber International.

Yorkshire businesses seek export advice with Chamber International

Over the last year, a record number of meetings with businesses wanting to export have been attended by specialist advisers at Chamber International.

Can the 2016 Olympics kick-start South American exports?

UK businesses are recommended to look at markets such as Brazil and the wider South American continent where several countries have signed trade agreements with the UK.

Acorn lifts two UK export awards in one week

Acorn Stairlifts has been presented with the Made in the UK award for exports and named as one of Britain’s top 200 private companies with fastest-growing international sales.

Advice to businesses on trading overseas

Local businessman, Paul Walters, offered advice on trading overseas at the at the eighth We are International Export Network event held in Leeds last month.

Iranian nuclear agreement creates unclear picture for trade sanctions

The much-heralded nuclear agreement with Iran clears the way for lifting some devastating trade sanctions which have virtually crippled the country’s economy.

LEP sets up international team to boost trade and investment

THE LEEDS City Region Enterprise Partnership has set up an international team to boost global trade and investment as part of its efforts to help rebalance the UK economy.

Things looking up on the export front

FAR from being a stuffy, over-formal occasion, the visit of the Duke of York to Shipley-based Radio Design’s Salts Mill manufacturing plant this week was a relaxed affair.

What I wish I’d known on starting exporting

Experienced international business people outlined what they wish they’d known when they started exporting at 8th We are International Export Network event last month.

UKEF suspends Greece cover

UK Export Finance has suspended its guarantees for trade deals with Greece in light of the uncertainty surrounding the country’s Eurozone membership.

Yorkshire leads the way as high numbers export technological equipment

Head of a Bradford-based international trade body says interest in selling abroad is growing and new report shows that +50% of Yorkshire's small and medium firms are exporting.

Greece – Advice for Exporters

Banking controls have now been introduced in Greece alongside bank holidays which are likely to see banks in Greece closed until the Greek government is in a position to re-open them.

Victoria is Northern Ambassador of the Year

Mid Yorkshire based Victoria Boldison has been presented with a CIM Northern Ambassador of the Year Award, beating competition from North West and North East contenders.

New British Chamber of Commerce in Qatar

British Business got a boost in Qatar earlier this year with the arrival of a new British Chamber of Commerce in town.

Chamber International: Flying the flag for Yorkshire at national export conference

Our senior export adviser, Mike Strawson, represented Chamber International by manning a stand at the GTR UK Trade and Export Finance conference in Birmingham on June 9.

Gabon's Conformity Assessment Programme to be enforced from 1st August 2015

Exporters to Gabon are required to provide a Certificate of Conformity for Customs clearance from 1st August 2015. Shipments arriving without the CoC will not clear Customs.

Dual-qualified lawyer appointed We are International Ambassador

A dual-qualified commercial lawyer at Ward Hadaway, has been appointed to LEP’s We are International network, initiative which gives free advice and mentoring to novice exporters.

Two more key appointments to the Ambassador Network

TWO key figures in the commercial team at Airedale International Air Conditioning, Rawdon, have been appointed to LEP’s We are International network.

Chamber International takes part in national export conference

Overseas trade specialist Chamber International is taking part in a national export conference next week.

Bradford logistics expert to address We are International event

One of Bradford’s most experienced export professionals has been selected to speak at LEP’s latest We are International Export Network event in Leeds on June 25.

'What top exporters wish they’d known before exporting’

FOUR of Yorkshire’s most successful exporters have been selected to speak at LEP’s We are International Export Network event in Leeds on June 25.

UK manufacturers bucking export trend BCC report says

UK manufacturers are starting to reap rewards from Britain’s drive to increase exports, new report from British Chambers of Commerce, issued for Export Week, says.

Intrastat for goods entering the EU for transit to UK

Confusion has arisen over the need of INTRASTAT declarations for goods imported to the EU then transported from the point of entry to the UK by road.

TTIP goes under the spotlight at Leeds discussion

A special event to discuss The Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership was held in Leeds by The Hansard Society this spring.

Watch this space

Page views on the Chamber International website are expected to exceed 60,000 a month from visitors worldwide later this year as more businesses recognise the benefits of trading internationally.

Saville Audio Visual fulfil major US event contract

York-based Saville Audio Visual executes huge US event contract after securing ATA Carnet through Chamber International.

Radio Design Wins Second Queen’s Award

Radio Design Ltd is proud to announce it has been awarded a second Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

Bradford SMEs lead the way for UK exports

Bradford is leading the way for UK exports, with a greater percentage of SMEs exporting goods or services than any other city in the country.

Customs duty confusion angers Russian express delivery services

Express delivery services in Russia are enraged after the Federal Customs Service is claimed to have said that all low-value shipments sent abroad will now be subject to a customs duty.

Export is easier with the International UK Business Network

E. Europe & Turkey have dynamic, modern economies which offer myriad opportunities for Yorks businesses wishing to trade beyond EU markets, the 7th Export Network event heard.

Event to unlock the cultural secrets to business success in China

How to understand and develop constructive, durable business relationships in China is the theme of a new export event being held by Chamber International this spring.

ATA Carnets – new requirement China

China has introduced a registration process for businesses using ATA Carnets.

Indonesia is latest country to join global ATA Carnet system

Indonesia becomes the latest country to join the ATA Carnet system, ‘passport for goods’, this spring.

Fall in oil imports shrinks UK trade deficit, says BCC review

A huge fall in the UK trade deficit on goods and services saw it plunge to £0.6bn in January 2015 from £2.1bn the previous month, BCC.

Turkey: a land of opportunity for Yorkshire exporters

Turkey British Chamber of Commerce is among speakers at a major We are International Export Network event in Leeds this month.

Fast track through Dublin to cut US travel time, urge flight pros

Fast-tracking through Dublin can save Aer Lingus passengers flying from Leeds Bradford International Airport (LBIA) valuable hours of queuing when they reach the US.

Chamber International joins sponsors for York and North Yorkshire

Chamber International has got on track to sponsor this spring’s York and North Yorkshire Chamber dinner – the city’s biggest business social event of the year.

LEP Export Ambassador Network reaches 40 with 2 new appointments

THE 40th export ambassador has been appointed to support LEP’s We are International campaign which aims to get more business in the City Region exporting.

New BCC and DHL report confirms growth in Yorkshire exporting

Yorkshire and Humber has among the highest increases in exporting activity, according to a new report by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL Express.

NEW - Certificates of Conformity for Ghana

Ghana has appointed global testing organisation Intertek to launch and operate a Ghana Conformity Assessment Program

Innovate and stay ahead, says ND Metering Solutions founder, Kris

“Rely on innovation rather than price” says ND Metering Solutions founder and director, Kris Szajdzicki, “that way you are a step ahead of your competition.”

New government export support announced for Y & H SMEs

Extra local export support is to be provided to small and medium sized firms in Yorkshire and Humber as part of a new government initiative.

Internet export pioneer launches new online Carnet service

Overseas trade specialist Chamber International launches a major new initiative next month.

Ambassadors debate exporting with Yorkshire Business Insider

We are International export ambassadors Jim Hart and Eric Hawthorne shared their views on Yorkshire’s overseas trade at Yorkshire Business Insider latest round table event.

Special event for businesses wanting to export to Malta & N Africa

Exporters wishing to target Malta and North Africa can gain some crucial tips and meet new contacts at an event in Leeds on May 20.

Principle Healthcare named best exporter in Yorkshire & Humber

Named Best Exporter in Yorkshire & Humber, Principle Healthcare is now in the running to win the national competition and the top prize of £30,000 worth of government support.

UK: centre of excellence for corporate and executive training

Education & Training Trade Mission, a great success with a wide range of Y&H organisations identifying business opportunities working in partnership with public and private sectors.

Chamber International blazes new online ATA Carnet service trial

Overseas trade specialist Chamber International, which led a UK-wide drive to enable businesses to get their official export documentation faster, launches a major new initiative next month.

New alliance adds sparkle to The Proton Group’s US sales

An agreement to supply its innovative beverage cleaning products through a US business has been made by Normanton-based The Proton Group.

Fast-growing markets under spotlight

Tips on how to access fast-growing export markets will be unveiled to businesses wanting to trade overseas at a major We are International Export Network event in Leeds this spring.

Heavy fine and condemnation for falsifying export documents

The New Zealand pipfruit industry has backed the prosecution of an apple packhouse which has been fined $40,000 for falsifying export documents.

IMF cuts global growth forecast

Weaker economic growth prospects in China, Russia and Japan have led the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to lower its global growth forecasts for 2015 and 2016, according to the January 2015 BCC monthly economic review.

New export team appointment at Chamber International

Export services business, Chamber International, has boosted its specialist team with the appointment of Lydia Moi as international trade administrator.

Major export accolade for Principle Healthcare at Medilink Awards

Major export accolade for Principle Healthcare at Medilink Awards.

Flooring manufacturer lays down plans for international growth

Specialist flooring manufacturer Burmatex, a division of Airea, has revealed plans to further expand its international presence after significantly growing its export sales.

Chamber International puts gloss on Letter of Credit service

A KEY contract to provide a documentary letter of credit service to a Yorkshire exporter supplying a customer in Sri Lanka has been won by global trade specialist Chamber International.

Heathrow celebrates record year for exports with York company

A York based company has been selected by the UK’s hub airport, Heathrow to appear in a brand new installation which is celebrating the country’s top exports.

What barriers do you face when trading with the US?

The European Commission is keen to gather information about any barriers which firms are currently facing when trying to do business with the US. Take part in the survey by Dec 15.

"Don’t ignore overseas potential for your business"

"If a business is limiting itself to the UK market with a successful product, it is ignoring a huge potential for profit" says newly-appointed We are International export ambassador, Paul Walters.

"Protect your intellectual property before you sell overseas"

International law firm Shulmans LLP, has been chosen to host Leeds next export networking event in Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign on December 11.

“Don’t be a parachutist – persistence is key to export success”

Perseverance and ability to build lasting relationships are crucial to building export success, says sales manager at industrial paper mill, Weidmann-Whiteley Ltd, Toby Albrecht.

Yorkshire & Humber has 3rd fastest-growing export activity in UK

The third highest growth in export activity in the UK – and the highest in England - is being delivered in Yorkshire and Humber, says the BCC and DHL Q3 Trade Confidence Index.

Mid-market manufacturers are the most successful exporters in Y&H

Mid-market manufacturers are the most valuable exporting sector in Yorkshire and Humber, selling £1.3bn of goods overseas each year, says research by accountancy firm BDO LLP.

A tonic for We are International export campaign

Award-winning exporter, Principle Healthcare Group, has been chosen to host Skipton’s 1st networking event in Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign next month (Dec 9).

Chamber International brings 1st OBNI event on India to Yorkshire

A key event to help boost Yorkshire’s exports to India – where the national economy is growing at six per cent a year – is being held in Leeds next month.

Export expert to address latest We are International event

A talk on how important research and preparation is for overseas meetings with potential customers to secure a sale will be given at WAI latest event in Huddersfield, Nov 19.

#AskExporters: The LEP’s Export TwitChat - November 10, 2014

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is hosting an exporting TwitChat, giving you the chance to ask your questions to our panel of export experts.

Angeles brings a Spanish touch to Chamber International

A new Spanish intern is bringing an overseas dimension to the Chamber International team for the next three months.

Spain and Ireland bright lights in mixed IMF picture

Exports and increased consumption have helped Spain make gradual economic gains in the last 12 months, says the latest IMF report.

UKTI event to help Yorkshire’s e-Tailers cash-in on online boom

A major Export Week event to help boost Yorkshire and Humber’s online exporting is being held by UKTI.

Aer Lingus Regional’s service to Dublin ‘takes off’

Aer Lingus Regional’s new service to Dublin Airport, operated by Stobart Air, has commenced from Leeds Bradford.

Better flight times for businesses in new Monarch Airlines flight

New 2015 flight schedule from Leeds Bradford International Airport to 10 European destinations for business people

Special event to help UK companies find agents in Spain

A new chance for British companies seeking to trade in Spain to meet and speak with local agents is available at a major event in Barcelona this autumn.

Export campaign comes to Harrogate with Taylors of Harrogate event

One of Harrogate’s best known businesses, Taylors of Harrogate, has been chosen to host the next networking event in Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign on October 28.

Global exporter Advanced Actuators hosts next Export Network event

One of Keighley’s best known manufacturers has been chosen to host the next networking event in Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign this month (Oct).

How John Speak Trust drove exports in Bradford

THE search is on for past recipients of a language scholarship programme which has been benefitting business people from Bradford and further afield for the past 90 years.

Textile Centre of Excellence to host We are International event

HUDDERSFIELD’S acclaimed Textile Centre of Excellence has been chosen to host the next networking event in Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign this month (Oct).

We are International campaign gathers pace with three local export

Three local export networking events are being held in October as part of Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign.

One-stop-shop Meet The Experts export event

A special export networking event is being held by Chamber International jointly with Yorkshire Mafia on October 14.

Reuben the sick-of-red-tape parrot

A sick parrot suffering from stress after being kept in in quarantine overseas unnecessarily is safe at home with his owner, thanks to quick action by export specialists at Chamber International.

Enhance your understanding with new series of workshops from EEN

A series of training workshops to help exporting businesses gain a better understanding of overseas trade procedures are being held.

Exporters urged to present documents early as Arab embassies shut

Exporters are urged to allow additional time for the certification and legalisation of documents for Arab countries as they close for several days from Monday October 6 for Eid El-Fitr.

Halifax manufacturer to host next networking event

ONE OF Calderdale’s best-known manufacturers is to host the next networking event in Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign next month (Oct).

Record number of overseas trade offers

A record number of trade opportunities - overseas businesses wanting to do business with the UK – have come into international trade specialist Chamber International.

Aer Lingus takes off again at LBIA after 14 years

A new, twice-daily service, between Leeds-Bradford International Airport (LBIA) and Dublin, will be started by Aer Lingus Regional

EU’s lastest sanctions against Russia take affect

Exporters need to be aware of the latest EU sanctions against Russia which took affect last week (Sept 12).

Saudi Arabia and India in Focus

TWO special export events under the Government’s Overseas Business Network initiative (OBNi) are being held by Chamber International in Leeds this autumn.

Export orders down but confidence remains strong, says BBC quarter

Export order balances for manufacturing and service sector firms fell in Q2 2014, according to the latest survey of 6,944 businesses by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).

Market visit to bioeconomy cluster in France

A market visit to Northern France is taking place from30 September to 2 October 2014. Delegates will visit the globally leading bioeconomy cluster IAR to discuss trade links

Qatar - import of electrical products

More electrical products are to need evidence of conformity to specific standards before being exported to Qatar, says London-based global testing organisation Intertek.

Eurozone economy stays flat as Germany and France falter, says BCC

The eurozone economy stayed flat in Q2 3014, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) August Global Monthly Economic Review.

Record number of events underway by Chamber International

A record number of events to help novice exporter’s trade overseas are being held by Chamber International during the autumn and winter.

Prospects improve for exporters

More than two thirds of exporting businesses surveyed by British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) and DHL Express believe their turnover will improve in the next 12 months.

Free biotechnology trade mission to France

A chance for Yorkshire businesses to explore opportunities in biotechnology in Europe is available with a free-of-charge trade mission this autumn.

ECO steps up ban on exports to Russia

MORE export restrictions to Russia have been announced in the wake of the EU’s announcement of sanctions after the annexing of the Ukraine and shooting down of flight MH17

Major contract for more Ambassador Export Network events

A NEW series of more regular networking events to take hands-on export support to local business communities

Brewing EU-wide tea dispute with South Korea resolved

AN international dispute over the export of blended teas and ‘country of origin labelling’ involving one of Yorkshire’s best known brands was resolved thanks to Chamber International.

One of Yorkshire’s most successful exporters to talk at Why Should

ONE OF the region’s most successful exporters is among speakers at the latest Response Fund networking event in Shipley this month.

Saudi Arabia to be focus of export event later this year

A key event to help boost Yorkshire’s exports to Saudi Arabia – the largest economy in the Arab world - is being held in Leeds this autumn.

EU updates Russian sanctions after MH17 and Ukraine unrest

AN update to trade sanctions against Russia after the shooting down of flight MH17 and the continuing unrest in Ukraine have been issued by the EU.

Philippines authorities postpone import measures

The expansion of the pre-shipment inspection programme from bulk and break-bulk imports to containerised cargo has been postponed by the Philippines import authorities.

Overseas Business Network to boost exports gathers pace

International trade specialist Chamber International is involved with the £8m Overseas Business Network Initiative announced by prime minister, David Cameron,

Exporters urged to present documents early

Exporters are urged to allow additional time for the certification and legalisation of documents for the Middle East

New Chamber International course for exporters

A major new course to help businesses wanting to trade internationally get up to speed with the latest developments is being held by Chamber International next week (July 24)

New loan funding to enable business growth

The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership is today launching the Growing Places Fund Round 3 with up to £6m available for businesses to access loan funding

Discounted IOE membership for Chamber International clients

The world wide web, better travel and more comprehensive support mean that there has never been a better time to be an exporter.

Get up to speed with the ever-changing world of global trade

There is still a chance to get up to speed with the ever-changing world of international trade by booking a place on our popular Understanding Export course

Better buildings sustainability award for ND Metering Solutions’

A major sustainability award has been won by a West Yorkshire technology company for its innovative new modular electricity meter designed for global export

Yorkshire businesses urged to continue EU membership

It is vital that the UK stay within the EU if government targets to raise the level of exports to £1 trillion by 2020 are to be met

How much is Brazilian trade worth to the UK?

With the FIFA World Cup 2014 nearing its final stages, the eyes of the world are on Brazil, a fast-growing economy expected to become the fifth largest in the world by 2050.

Export Ambassador talks exports at 11 Downing Street

A lead ambassador in the We Are International network supporting novice exporters at private breakfast meeting with chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, this week.

Hard work puts East Coast on inside track

East Coast has been voted Britain’s top long-distance franchised train operator in a national customer survey

Chambers of Commerce Top Survey for Helping UK Businesses

More businesses receive help with exporting through chambers of commerce than through any other professional body, including banks and trade association

Tour de France Reaches New Pinnacle

A vast banner to welcome the world’s biggest annual sporting event, Tour de France, has been erected on Pinnacle Leeds, the city’s tallest office and retail building

Champions of Exporting – 4th July only

To celebrate the Grand Depart International Business Festival in Yorkshire, Chamber International invites you to network with champions of exporting.

Jack joins Chamber International to study global from the inside

An international trade student, Jack Maude, has joined the busy Chamber International team for the next three months to gain a practical view of his chosen subject.

Brewery racks up listing with ‘Tour’ beer

Ilkley Brewery has launched a commemorative beer, named Marie Jaune, which will be sold in Booths supermarkets and in Harvey Nichols stores.

Campaign to boost exporting looks set to go international itself

A Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) campaign to boost exporting looks set to go international itself after attracting observers from overseas.

Consultation opportunities

European Commission seeks views on negotiations for a green goods trade agreement.

Meet your global network at the Global Economic Forum 2014

Chamber International are supporting IBDE and in partnership we are pleased to offer complimentary tickets for this event

Novice exporters to learn secrets of accessing hidden funding

They will be unveiled to businesses wanting to break into international sales at this year’s first We Are International Export Network event.

Protecting IPR in China is not a game. Or is it?

The China IPR SME Helpdesk released an innovative game, providing SMEs with a virtual experience of doing business in China.

Chamber International hits right notes for piano manufacturer

The Export Office Team will help Yorkshire Pianos, a craftsman co-operative, which has a won a five-year, £1.75m contract.

Yorkshire to New York – Sell for Profit

Yorkshire’s richest man and New York’s most famous business man have joined forces to endorse a book about selling in today’s global economy.

Electricity meter developed for worldwide export

An innovative new modular electricity meter has been developed for worldwide export by metering specialist ND Metering Solutions.

Meet our export ambassador, Victoria Boldison

“Match short-term gains against long-term aims to build export success”

Peter McDonnell – a new perspective for the WAI Export Network

“Your export clients are just as important as those down the road”

“Don’t underestimate how much Made In Britain means for exporting”

”Do not underestimate how much ‘made-in’ or ‘ supplied from the UK’ counts”

Easter Holidays 2014

Export documentation - certification and legalisation services. Closure over the holiday period.

Garry Ogden: growing his business through export success

Garry, a We Are International export ambassador, is the fifth generation of his family to run the polyester and nylon manufacturing business which was established in 1878.

Specially woven cloths opened door to exports in the UAE

The family business, founded in Bradford in 1920 and now based near Keighley, West Yorkshire, started exporting to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 1970.

Leeds Bradford Airport celebrates new flights to Copenhagen

Customers checked in for Scandinavian Airline’s new direct flight to Copenhagen as Leeds Bradford Airport celebrated the start of the new twice weekly service.

Former global export director joins Chamber International

A former international sales director has joined Chamber International as a senior export associate.

Entries open for this year’s Insider international trade awards

Businesses across Yorkshire which are involved with overseas trade have a chance to get their success recognised by entering this year’s Insider Yorkshire International Trade Awards.

UK suspends export licences for military equipment to Russia

A ban has been imposed by the UK Government on all exports of military equipment which could be used by Russian armed forces against the Ukraine.

A successful delivery for AquaBirths

“It was a classic case of a small business winning an order and not really knowing what to do,”

Mel Fairbourn-Varley: Designs on overseas success

Meet recently appointed Export Ambassador Mel Fairbourn-Varley

Seafreight delays continue in aftermath of severe global winter

Sea freight shipments still face delays and disruption in the aftermath of severe weather and rough seas around the world

Albania and Madagascar latest to join ATA Carnet system

Two new countries are being brought into the international ATA Carnet system for the temporary exports of non-consumable or perishable goods.

IRU delegation urges Russia to end scrapping of TIR crisis

International Road Transport Union meets with Russian officials to end deadlock over TIR

EU imposes visa ban and asset freeze on Ukraine

Targeted sanctions, including an asset freeze and visa ban for certain individuals wanting to visit the UK

Northern Ireland export training contract

A major contract to deliver specialist export training in Northern Ireland has been won by a Yorkshire overseas trade specialist.

LEP board role for lead Export Network ambassador Eric Hawthorn

Eric will continue as the LEP’s chief international trade adviser as well giving advice on enterprise, business innovation, SME competitiveness and the manufacturing sector.

BCC- DHL export confidence report‏

Exporting Confidence at record high but more support needed to reach £1tr target, says BCC/DHL report.

Greater stability beckons as deal gives Afghanistan path to WTO

Afghanistan is finally set to get a chance to stabilise, enhance its international contacts and reform its economy by joining the WTO after a deal signed on February 10.

Entries invited: China Business Awards 2014

These awards reward companies that have capitalised on opportunities to operate successfully in the People’s Republic of China and Hong Kong

Top tips from Export Ambassador Tony Mauriello

"15 per cent of our turnover is from exports and we aim to increase this to 30 per cent in three years."

Join us and become part of the UK’s export success

Are you part of an export team and want to develop your expertise more comprehensively?Are you seeking a career change?

Grow your business by expanding your worldwide visibility

The internet is a global medium that if used correctly, can promote your products, services and brand around the world without breaking the bank.

Madagascan kidney bean grower seeks UK customer

A plantation in Madagascar, which has created local employment and social facilities, is seeking a UK customer for its kidney beans and black-eyed peas.

Experts step in as trouble brews over blended tea exports

OVERSEAS trade specialists have stepped in to try to resolve an international dispute over the export of blended teas

New guidelines published for ‘safe loads’ transport across Europe

Clarity has arrived for British freight carriers fed up with being stopped in Europe over allegations that their vehicle is incorrectly loaded.

Shipping lines announce January Asia-Europe price increases

Hanjin, CMA CGM, Zim and Maersk to raise rates

Bali? It was just the start WTO chief says in New Year speech

Bali is just the start of developing multi-national commerce, the World Trade Organisation (WTO) director-general, Roberto Azevedo, has told a diplomatic seminar in Lisbon

Overseas sales stayed strong in 2013 Q4, say Chamber surveys

Overseas sales saw further increases across all sectors in 2013 Q4, according to the latest Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Survey.

Chamber International freezes prices to back UK’s export growth

Chamber International is freezing prices for the second successive year in spite of the rising costs for our operation.

Don Whitley Scientific appoint Chamber International

Scientific technology exporter benefits from Letters of Credit service

Unleash your true potential

New Year export training events designed to help you be the best at what you do

Take your place on a British trade mission to UAE

A multi-sector British trade mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), January 18 and 23.

Closure over the holiday period

Trade documentation services during the holiday period

50%-funded International Business Development Programme

The International Business Development programme has been developed specifically for senior staff in mid-sized businesses (£25m - £500m turnover)

Exporters: Tap into the skills of overseas students in Yorkshire

Exporting businesses are being given the chance to tap into the language, cultural and local expertise of overseas higher education students who are studying in Yorkshire

Export to Grow 2014

Save the date! - There has never been a better time to sell your products and services to new and existing international markets

International Postgraduate Business Projects

Would you like to have the help of a postgraduate student with first-hand knowledge of your target overseas markets?

Last minute deal keeps Russia in TIR Convention

A last-minute deal has been struck which keeps Russia in the TIR Convention

EU trade deal with Guatemala goes live

As of 1 December 2013, trade barriers will be lifted between the European Union and Guatemala

International business chiefs call for new global trade deal

Business leaders from more than 30 countries are urging governments to conclude a new multilateral deal to cut customs bureaucracy

Shipping agents urged to look out for forged Bills of Lading

Shipping agents are being urged to be on the alert for forged bills of lading and other documentation

Let’s teach international trade at school

‘Let’s teach international trade at school and make exporting part of UK national psyche’

Bradford Chamber dinner looks to the future

There was one special guest at Bradford Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 annual dinner on November 15

Novices get top ten tips from the experts as Export Week kicks off

THE secrets of effective selling and top ten tips for successful exporting were revealed to an audience of almost 100

Saudi Arabia tightens import requirements

Strict requirements have been implemented in Saudi Arabia for imports of certain goods.

Major opportunity to meet Indian SMEs seeking UK contacts

A delegation of 50 Indian manufacturing SMEs, from areas including New Delhi and Maharashtra, are attending the day-long UK SME Business Meet

Freight business creates new pinnacle

THREE new jobs have been created by an international freight company which has become the latest business to join City Hub, Bradford.

Official guide to investment opportunities in Brazil

A just released official guide to investment opportunities in Brazil from Chamber International

Export confidence ‘remains high’ - BCC and DHL Q3 report

UK export confidence is at its third highest figure on record, the latest BCC/DHL trade confidence index says.

Mixed but positive exporting picture from Chamber Surveys

A mixed, but generally positive, picture on Yorkshire’s exporting emerges from two new Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Economic Surveys.

New online export support for SMEs

Thousands of UK small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are to benefit from a major initiative to help them attract overseas customers through the Internet.

Bahrain set to join global ATA Carnet network

The Kingdom of Bahrain is set to join the ATA Carnet system, ‘passport for goods’, which eases the temporary admission of items between countries.

November export network event planned

Dozens of businesses have contacted Chamber International in the last two months seeking help with generating new sales overseas triggered by the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s export campaign

Trade documentation legalisation services during October 2013

The Islamic feast of Eid Al-Adha begins wc 14 October 2013.

Juan to add Spanish dimension to Chamber International

A Spanish intern is adding a new overseas dimension to the Chamber International team during the next three months.

Yorks International Trade Chief to meet new WTO DG

A meeting with the newly-appointed director general of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is in the diary for a Yorkshire export chief this month.

30th Export Ambassador selected

TWO new export ambassadors have been appointed for Leeds City Region’s We are International campaign, bringing the total to 30.

Yorkshire based freight forwarders Zenith expect record turnover

Boost in exports by Yorkshire manufacturers, coupled with strong international sales, put freight forwarder on track for record turnover.

Chamber International secures Far East partnership

A MAJOR new partnership to boost exports and inward investment between Yorkshire and Singapore has been agreed with international trade body, Chamber International.

Bahrain latest to boost trade with ATA Carnet System

Bahrain is the latest country aiming to start the ATA Carnet system, used for the fast and cost-effective temporary import and export of billions of pounds worth of goods

New trade appointment boosts Chamber International team

A former shipping manager in the engineering sector and logistics specialist has joined Chamber International to boost the organisations export office services team.

Reward flights offer extended for Yorkshire businesses

Yorkshire businesses have an early Christmas gift from British Airways with a reward flights offer extended over the festive period.

Nina sets exam success record for Chamber International

A record high mark in a national accreditation for international trade staff has been achieved by an executive at Bradford-based Chamber International.

Record business attendance at export courses

A RECORD number of Yorkshire businesses are signing up for courses to boost their exporting and help rebalance the region’s economy, says overseas trade specialist, Chamber International.

New bureaucracy launched by Russia to supplement TIR

A new insurance, which supplements internationally-agreed TIR procedures, has been launched by the Russian Federal Customs Service (FCS).

Use of EUR1’s extended to 7 more countries

The European Union has concluded a reciprocal preferential trade agreement with the Central and South American countries

Islamic Embassies close for Eid

Exporters are urged to present documents early as Islamic Embassies close for Eid

VAT on China freight charges

New rules have been issued by the Ministry of Finance and State Administration of Tax in China regarding the application of VAT to ocean transport services.

Latest GDP figures give hope for sustained recovery

Hope for a sustained UK economic recovery has been boosted by new gross domestic product (GDP) figures.

Survey by Bradford Chamber confirms rise in exports

Exporting from Bradford is increasing in line with an across-the-board modest rise in economic activity, according to the latest Bradford Chamber Quarterly Economic Survey.

Exports ‘highest since recession’ - BCC and DHL Report

UK exporting is at its highest since Q3 2007, the latest BCC/DHL trade confidence index says.

Queens Award for Enterprise 2014

If you think your business deserves to be recognised as one of the very best, enter The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Latest Hitachi train to replace East Coast electric fleet

The East Coast’s electric train fleet is being replaced with the latest Hitachi trains in the Intercity Express Programme (IEP), the Government says.

Harness the web and bring overseas customers to your door, export

USING the web effectively for an overseas presence and for selling products through e-commerce can dramatically boost export sales, businesses have been told.

Yes, they do buy in Dubai

Being such a competitive market, it’s vital to understand the importance of brands as well as local trading conditions, says long-time biscuit and confectionery exporter Fitzpatrick International

Are you developing the foreign language skills of your staff?

Applications are being invited from British citizens following a career in international trade or services.

Service sector exports boost local economy, Chamber survey shows

Good growth in the number of service sector exporters reporting better overseas sales has been confirmed

Q2 Latest economic survey results

The latest economic survey of Bradford Chamber of Commerce shows some positive signs and an upturn in business confidence.

Find out how online exporting can boost your business

EXISTING and aspiring exporters are invited to meet the experts again at the second We Are International Export Network event in Leeds on July 17.

The importance of Marine Insurance

Fortunately, most exported goods make a successful journey overseas and arrive at their final destination safely.

Stern section of vessel sinks off coast of India

The stern section of MOL vessel 'Comfort sank off the coast of India last week.

Would you credit it?

Every year Chamber International’s documentary credit team check hundreds of Letters of Credit on behalf of exporters, Chambers of Commerce and banks throughout the country.

Avoid a bashing by the taxman

HM Customs & Revenue (HMRC) is gearing up for a major audit to ensure that businesses are complying with import and export procedures with a special focus on collecting unpaid VAT.

Important news for exporters to the USA

Importer Security Filing (ISF) to be more strictly enforced from 9 July 2013

Don’t get panned by the Indian taxman

The Indian economy may be continuing to hot up – but there’s now an additional hurdle exporters now face

Sudanese payments blocked

We are hearing repeated stories of British banks refusing to accept payments from Sudan for legitimate British exports.

Manufacturers key to revitalising Euro economy say Chambers

A manufacturing renaissance is at the heart of a bold ten-point action plan calling for urgent measures to boost long-term growth in the European economy.

Language and skills gaps damaging exporting

There are growing concerns that lack of foreign language skills and how to take products and services overseas are holding back firms from taking the initial plunge into exporting

UK manufacturing heading for top of league

Britain has been earmarked as one of the top future locations for profit growth by global manufacturing executives

Building an army of export pros

The latest recruit to our growing Export Network is Rob Rospepedzihowski, the commercial sales director of electronic components manufacturers Premier Farnell

Smaller firms set pace in export stakes

Despite ongoing global problems, businesses in the Leeds City Region (LCR) reported increases in both exports and forward orders during the first quarter of the year

Inspiring you to go global and grow

There’s gathering momentum around Yorkshire’s biggest export drive for decades and the Export Network is exceeding our most optimistic expectations.

Home sales not exports fuel manufacturing revival

UK manufacturers turned in their best performance in over a year in May, according to the latest Markit/CIPS Purchasing Managers’ Index

Opportunity knocks beyond the EU and China

More and more firms are getting the international trade bug with a sizeable increase in the number of firms selling their goods and services overseas

EU trade agreement with Peru goes live

Trade barriers between the EU and Peru were lifted last March with the introduction of a new free trade agreement.

Making it abroad by brain alone

Just because you don’t manufacture widgets or any tangible goods doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from overseas trade

Double bonus for manufacturer

Steve Gordon the finance director of Bradford catering equipment-maker Victor Engineering Ltd., was not only the lucky winner of our prize draw when he visited the Chamber International stand

Top honour for export veteran

He’s been in the export business for more than half a century. He’s just received a major award for his efforts. And he works for us.

Modest manufacturing boost must be strengthened, says BCC

• Manufacturing output in March 2013: up 1.1% on the month, down 1.4% on the year • Total industrial production in March 2013: up 0.7% on the month, down 1.4% on the year

Extra exports boost confidence

Export sales for both the service sector and manufacturing showed a healthy increase during the first three months of the year, according to new research.

Free logistical support to European SMEs entering Japan

The EU-Japan Centre is launching “Step in Japan”, a new highly anticipated support initiative for SMEs.

Upcoming Accredited International Trade training

Why not become an accredited expert in international trade and get a detailed understanding of export procedures?

International food and drink business opportunities showcased

UK Trade & Investment Yorkshire host one day Food & Drink Conference focusing on the business development opportunities overseas.

Export champions share tricks of the trade

Experienced exporters from across Leeds City Region have joined forces through a new network to help more companies take advantage of opportunities in international markets.

High level Maltese delegation to visit the north

A Malta Roadshow to Chambers in North England as part of the Regional Chambers Network project

Minister challenged over certificate delays

Bradford East MP David Ward and representatives from Chamber International met environment minister David Heath over delays in the issuing of health certificates

SKYFALL train departs platform 007 on maiden journey

Stars of biggest film in UK history unveil SKYFALL train at King’s Cross to celebrate the film’s Blu-ray and DVD release

BCC-easyJet Trade Visit to Moscow next month

British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) announce the BCC-easyJet trade visit to Moscow on 18 -19 March 2013.

Bright spots in sluggish global construction sector

The United States, Brazil and Germany offer the best opportunities for UK construction companies but elsewhere activity remains sluggish.

LEP secures funding for business

The Leeds City Region (LCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has successfully secured £20m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to help support the diversification, expansion and modernisation of city region businesses.

A key portal to world trade

Businesses often complain that exporting their goods and services is too difficult or demanding, too risky or expensive. So they avoid it and miss out on valuable opportunities the domestic market just doesn’t offer.

Call for change to export attitudes

British firms need to change their attitude to international trade and be better prepared if they’re to successfully do business in overseas markets, according to the Institute of Export.

Import ‘pester’ scam alert

Importers are being warned to be on their guard against European scammers using “pester power” to claim bogus payments for non-existent goods after one firm was swindled out of hundreds of pounds and narrowly avoided losing thousands.

New resilience from exporters, says BCC

Although the economy continues to face major challenges, there is both resilience and rising confidence among businesses, according to the latest Quarterly Economic Survey from the British Chamber of Commerce.

Yorkshire firms still lukewarm on export growth

Business confidence in the strength of the Yorkshire economy is returning in 2013, according to the new State of the Region survey.

University helps forge better China links

A UK university has become only the third in Europe to open a business-focused institute that will help to improve links with China.

Anger as bank blackballs UK firm in Sudan row

Banking giant Barclays is under fire after closing the UK account of a British company for doing business in Sudan – even though the firm is trading legitimately.

Fresh Produce Trade Mission to the UK

The Egyptian-British Chamber of Commerce and Fresh Produce Exporters Advisory Service invite you to participate in our specialised Fresh Produce Trade Mission to the UK from 15-19 October 2012.

Innovation prompts clean sweep in Scandinavia

Chamber International played a pivotal role in enabling a leading Yorkshire manufacturer of clinical hygiene products to embark on an ambitious export drive

Warm welcome for new business lender

Business leaders have responded positively to the proposed formation of a new British Business Bank to boost lending to hard-pressed firms.

Delight at dropping deficit

While times remain hard, one glimmer of hope is helping to dispel gloom on the international trade front, according to the British Chambers of Commerce’s top economic expert.

European building boom a boon for UK firms

Opportunities abound in Central and Eastern Europe for UK firms as the EU pumps in €200 billion for huge infrastructure modernisation projects in nine countries.

Stepping stone to a wider world

Dubai has become an increasingly important destination for a North Yorkshire business selling protective materials and membranes, principally to the construction and oil and gas industries.

Weapons dealer jailed for breaching ban

A businessman who flouted an arms ban to Azerbaijan has been jailed by a British court

Cash famine continues to dampen buoyant exports

Although more than seven out of ten UK exporters report increased overseas sales, lack of finance is seen as a “major barrier to growth”

Syria – legalisation of documents suspended

We have been informed by the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce that legalisation of documents by the Syrian Embassy is no longer available until further notice.

UK tops the table for inward investment in Europe

The United Kingdom won more foreign direct investment (FDI) than any other country in Europe in 2011, according to a new survey by one of the world’s leading business analysts.

‘Leave it to us and take the credit’

Letters of Credit are an increasingly popular payment method especially in some overseas markets. But they’re not always for the faint-hearted. They can be complicated – and confusing.

The quick and easy route to conformity

Certificates of Conformity aren’t always the most straight forward documents for you to deal with. These essential bits of paperwork are needed to export various products in a number of African and Middle Eastern markets as well as Russia.

Foundation Award in Exporting

Delivering the skills to make you more effective in the global market has always been one of our key priorities. As part of the Chamber Skills Network we deliver a series of six one-day courses on every aspect of exporting.

Leeds at the centre of China’s preparation for the Olympics

Leeds is playing host to over 250 Olympic Athletes and Officials as the city becomes the European headquarters for the Chinese Olympic Committee.

EU & Japan

Commission proposes to open negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement with Japan

UKTI overseas expansion

UKTI is to establish a presence in 14 new markets, covering Africa, Central and South East Asia, Oceania and South America.

BCC says exporting is good for Britain

Chamber International today encouraged companies to attend the British Chambers of Commerce first International Trade conference.

Abundant opportunities in the Balkans

Opportunities abound for companies to pick up lucrative deals in Bulgaria and the Balkans, according to the British ambassador to Bulgaria on a recent visit to Chamber International.

'Extra time' vital for sporting summer

The Olympic Games, the biggest event on the planet, will undoubtedly slow things down for business. “Don’t panic. Plan ahead and you can avoid problems.”

EU signs trade agreement with Peru and Colombia

The EU has signed an ambitious and comprehensive Trade Agreement with Colombia and Peru.

Innovation prompts clean sweep in Scandinavia

Locating a single Danish customer has enabled a Yorkshire manufacturer of clinical hygiene products to embark on an ambitious export drive throughout Western Europe.

Now we’re really talking Turkey

Providing a centuries-old bridge between Europe and Asia, Turkey is developing with more than just a hint of Eastern promise.

‘Little Britain’ attitude scuppers overseas trade

A prevailing “Little Britain mentality” is the real obstacle preventing many UK firms from selling their products and services abroad.

Red tape and credit desert choke exports

Despite shrill calls for an export drive three-quarters of firms don’t have an overseas sales strategy in place, says the British Chambers of Commerce.

Why the right agent yields rich rewards

Speciality chemicals producer The Stephenson Group Limited is still enjoying a healthy ten per cent year-on-year growth after more than a decade’s solid selling in China and fully expects sales to continue increasing in the years ahead.

Gemma helps heroes in Edinburgh furnace

Despite the searing heat and a chest infection Chamber International’s Gemma Price completed the Edinburgh marathon last weekend – and raised £325.

UK logistics sector faces personnel crisis

Professor David Grant of the University of Hull Logistics Institute, said educating the public was key to tackling the fact that 76% of the logistics workforce are male and 44% are over the age of 45.

Top export tips from Queen’s Award winner

Don’t be afraid of selling abroad even if you’ve never attempted it before. Plenty of help is available for newcomers. And there are easy options for firms wishing to get on the export ladder but patience is a virtue.

Learn to compete in a global market

As the pace of business life increases and knowledge quickly becomes stale, organisations are beginning to re-evaluate the way they look at training and developing their staff.

Brazil braced for real ale taste

Celebrated Yorkshire brewers Theakston believes its award-winning ales could be a potential winner in locations such as Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo.

Recession spurs exports

While figures show the UK economy languishing in the paralysis of a double-dip recession, another more positive story is unfolding as UK firms battle to rebalance the economy.

Pilot scheme works for former Pace man

Orbis HR is leading the way in a pioneering pilot scheme with Bradford College students.

Exporters lead fragile recovery say British Chambers

There are signs of an upswing in the UK economy but the recovery is fragile and growth too slow, according to the latest quarterly survey from the British Chambers of Commerce.

BCC: Boost exports further by improving businesses’ language skill

A survey of over 8,000 businesses released today (Thursday) by the British Chambers of Commerce, shows that exporting activity continues to increase.

Routes to Russia

Even by our own high standards, it was an outstanding success. And the 50 or so participants in our Russia Today at DLA Piper in Leeds earlier this month agreed that it provided a unique insight into modern Russia, shattering a lot of the lingering myths

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