A SURVEY of almost 650 UK businesses by the British Chambers of Commerce has shown that customs checks, tariffs and regulation are the top three barriers to exporting.
The findings come as the Office For Budget Responsibility’s (OBR) latest forecast said the UK’s trade volumes were expected to stagnate in the medium term, and UK trade intensity still remains below its pre-pandemic level.
THE End User Advisory Service enables exporters to seek advice on whether exports to named overseas entities will require licences because of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or military end use concerns. This advice is ‘non-statutory’ which means it does not constitute advice on how to follow the law and is no substitute for legal guidance. However, we recognise it is a helpful and important service for exporters to understand how export control rules might apply to them.Read more
THE Department for Business and Trade has opened its Made in the UK, Sold to the World Awards 2024 for entries, to
recognise the global trading success of small businesses from across the UK. There are ten industry categories to choose
from and entries close on the 14th January 2024.
ATA Carnets and Israel Update
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. Foreign Carnets with expiry dates between 8 October and 30 November will be granted an extension to the final date for re-exportation.
THE BCC are delighted to partner with the Arab British Chamber of Commerce in their flagship event, the 3rd Arab British Economic Summit 2023 (ABES2023), which will take place at the London Hilton Metropole on 20th November 2023.
The ABCC is kindly offering a 15% discount for members of Chambers of Commerce using the discount code: ABCCBCC23
THIS programme from the Department for Business and Trade has recently been launched as part of the next phase of the Northern Powerhouse pilot and offers a structured and supportive environment for women to grow their businesses and realise their potential with a transformative agenda. It has been designed to increase the participation of women-led businesses in international trade with virtual training, business mentoring, panel discussions and peer to peer networking opportunities.
Clients need to express their interest to join by 3rd November 2023.
Important Changes for EUR1s for Switzerland
The Chamber has been made aware that Switzerland is no longer accepting digital stamps and signatures. Swiss customs had been accepting digital signatures and stamps as a temporary measure during Covid but have now reverted to insisting on wet stamps and signatures.
COP28 is taking place from 30th November to 12th December 2023 in the UAE. This is a key date for the international community to come together and set out how to meet the Climate Challenge as a planet. The Chamber network will be actively taking part in COP28 events and initiatives.Read more
The implementation of the New Computerised Transit System 5 has been moved back to 1st July 2024.Read more
Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT) was introduced on 1 April 2022. If you manufacture or import 10 or more tonnes of plastic packaging within a 12-month period you must register for PPT on GOV.UK, even if your packaging contains 30% or more recycled plastic.Read more