Export Services

The Chamber of Commerce Network has over 350 trade documentation specialists on hand to advise businesses on the documents required, saving time, money, and stress.

The accurate completion of export documentation is vital if charges and delays are to be avoided, and shipments are to meet their deadlines. Your local Accredited Chamber can help with the below types of export documentation:

  • EC Certificates of Origin – these are customs clearance requirements to evidence the origin of the goods involved in a shipment.
  • Arab-British Certificates of Origin – a customs clearance requirement to evidence the origin of the goods, and may also be requested by the importing company. These may be used for Arab League States.
  • EUR1 Movement Certificate – these support claims for preferential (usually zero) rates of duty in the country of implementation. To qualify, the goods must ‘originate’ in the UK or EU. The preference system only applies to countries where certain trade agreements exist with the EU.
  • A.TR Movement Certificate – these entitle goods which are in ‘free circulation’ in the EU (the goods are EU-originating, or on importation into the EU all relevant duties and taxes have been paid) to receive preferential import duty when shipped to Turkey. This applies to all eligible goods except agricultural goods, minerals and steel, which require an EUR1.

The Chamber of Commerce Network is a source for all other export-related documents, such as letters of credit. We also provide ATA carnets, which act as passports for goods, allowing their temporary admission. This reduces red tape and the provision of cash deposits that would otherwise have to be paid.

British Chambers of Commerce in the UK act as issuing bodies and are authorised by:

  • HM government, for the issue of all non-preference EU Certificates of Origin
  • HMRC, for preference documents such as EUR1’s and A.TR certificates
  • The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce, to act as agents for the issuing of Arab British Certificates of Origin.

Practical Advice

Get insight into B2C and B2B distribution channels and practical advice on selecting and establishing agreements with local market agents and distributors.

There are several things that a business looking to trade internationally should be aware of before beginning their global journey. 

Contact your local Accredited Chamber of Commerce for advice and assistance on international trade.

  • Distribution Channels: Chambers of Commerce give insight into the typical B2C and B2B distribution channels, and practical advice on selecting and establishing agreements with local market agents and distributors.

  • Local Market Access Support: Given the pitfalls associated with entering a new export market, Chambers of Commerce stand ready to provide assistance to exporters, including introductions to potential clients, agents, distributors and in-market networks, as well as providing tailored training on the local business environment. The BCC’s International Affiliate Scheme provides an invaluable resource in markets around the world. Chambers provide assistance in identifying the different options for entering a new market, such as providing a detailed analysis and recommendations of an appropriate market entry strategy.

  • Trade Missions and Trade Shows: One of the best ways for a business to develop its presence overseas is to join an organised trade mission. Chambers can help exporters identify and prepare for trade shows and trade missions, to make them as productive as possible. Chambers of Commerce can work with exporters, whether first-time or experienced, to identify the local shows that will be of most benefit, and get those firms fully prepared for their visit.

  • Export Clubs: Some Chambers co-ordinate local trade clubs to act as a catalyst for the international trade activities of new and existing exporters. Exporters get real value from peer-to-peer networking events.

  • Marketing and Translation Services: Marketing in any new export market can be considerably different to that in the UK – from design, to tone and custom, as well as potential regulations around online marketing. Chambers can provide access to discounted local marketing services. They can also provide firms with business-quality translation services, including legal, commercial, and technical material, from a range of providers.
Where can I go for trade support and advice?

Contact your local Chamber for more information.