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Global Britain

GLOBAL BRITAIN

WE BELIEVE THAT INTERNATIONAL TRADE CAN MAKE EVERY BUSINESS A STRONGER ONE

Once you open the door to overseas exports, the possibilities for expansion are endless.

Throughout our 160+ year history, we’ve seen it time and again – businesses that embrace international trade grow stronger & flourish. That’s why we’re determined to build a business community in the UK where more than half of firms export. Our Chamber Network has already helped thousands of members achieve this, and we’re ready to assist thousands more.

Get all the details – including how we can support you – in our newly published Trade Manifesto.

TRADE AND COOPERATION AGREEMENT THREE YEARS ON

PROPOSALS FOR REFORM BY UK BUSINESS

The third year of the Trade and Co-operation Agreement (TCA) has seen several significant milestones that have changed some of the dynamics of the UK’s trading relationship with the EU.

These include the introduction and phased implementation of the Windsor Framework, a welcome thawing of UK-EU relations thereafter, and the UK re-joining the Horizon Europe research and scientific co-operation programme, as well as Copernicus.

A new survey by the BCC’s Insights Unit of 733 businesses (97% SMEs) shows the difficulties facing British firms in using the TCA have not eased.

The BCC report also highlights a fresh set of challenges approaching as UK and EU regulations diverge, creating further headaches for traders on both sides of the Channel.

Trade and Co-operation Agreement – Three Years On

WE’RE EXPERTS IN INTERNATIONAL TRADE

International trade is woven into our DNA.

The BCC was founded in 1860 to help businesses trade overseas, and our unwavering commitment to this goal has only strengthened over time. Our organisation and trusted Network have always been about empowering other businesses to succeed.

Our Network of 53 Chambers of Commerce across the UK gives us a deep understanding of how to nurture businesses on their path to overseas trade. Fuelled by meaningful insights into its local economy, each Chamber is uniquely positioned to provide tailored advice, training, and support to firms new to exporting.

We also have a growing brokerage business that provides vital training and advice. With years of experience and a proven track record in trade facilitation, ChamberCustoms is the only customs agent you’ll need.

Driven by a strong desire to elevate UK business, ChamberCustoms aims to help businesses expand & diversify the number of exports from the UK across the world. By leveraging our expertise, businesses can significantly save time & resources as we streamline their customs declaration process, file the forms, and cover all additional paperwork.

Export Readiness
Expert Finance
Export Trade Documentation
Getting Goods to Market
International Market Access

INTERNATIONAL TRADE

trade is good

Chambers of Commerce are built on a rich history of successful trade facilitation, promotion, and support.

Our strong capacity for policy development is firmly rooted in extensive expertise & knowledge that runs throughout the entire BCC Network.

APPROX UK TRADE

£16bn

HOURS OF FREE GUIDANCE DELIVERED EVERY WEEK

500

FIRMS SUPPORTED

30,000

ALMOST EXPORT MARKETS

200

CERTIFICATES ISSUED

500,000

QUALIFIED SPECIALISTS

350

YEARS OF GLOBAL TRADE

100

GLOBALLY RESPECTED BRAND

ONE

RIGHT FIRST TIME

99.9%

Join a vibrant trade Network brimming with opportunity. With a remarkable legacy of facilitating and promoting trade, we have established a strong foothold in over 75 markets internationally.

Become our strategic international partner and work with us across each and every level of engagement in our comprehensive campaign programme. Find out more here.

To stay on top of the trade world, we constantly ask questions to the thousands of businesses in our Chamber Network. Their responses clearly indicate one thing: internationally active firms are simply more productive and resilient.

As trade evolves, new markets emerge, and greener, more sustainable products & services are developed. We have the chance to be at the forefront of this new wave of commerce for many years to come. Let’s embrace the future together.

With a local, national, and global reach, every Accredited Chamber of Commerce actively fosters trade across all levels.

As trusted trade facilitation partners, Accredited Chambers are the go-to choice for businesses of all shapes & sizes when it comes to trade guidance. Their ability to ensure seamless delivery of products across almost every industry sector makes them dependable companions to UK business. Plus, we deliver our service for exporters to almost every country in the world.

We also offer high-quality training courses for first-time and existing exporters that cover the critical steps for any new export drive. Our programmes equip businesses up and down the country with a talented & proficient workforce that is fully prepared to take on international markets. Find out more here.

The UK’s Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) was set up after Brexit to investigate whether new measures are needed to protect UK industries from unfair trading practices and unforeseen surges in imports. These remedies usually take the form of additional duties on those imports.

Trade remedies can be a complicated area to navigate so the TRA is there to help UK businesses of all shapes and sizes.

We have always been champions of international trade and there is no doubt in our minds that businesses that embrace exporting to overseas markets will be better off for it. However, the combined impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit have created the most significant challenges to exporters in decades.

Despite this, we wholeheartedly believe that the businesspeople of the UK have the drive, resilience, adaptability, and ingenuity to turn this challenge to their advantage.

The business that sees a gap in the market, the firm that invents a new energy-saving technology, the start-up that develops a service to help other companies become more sustainable – these innovators will all prosper in a world of international trade.

TRADE MANIFESTO

Explore our trade insights

Looking for the most up-to-date information on how we can support your path to international trade? We’ve published our 2023 Trade Manifesto which contains everything you need to know about our role in global trade, fully adapted to account for the latest developments in the world.

View our Trade Manifesto for the full details. And remember: if you want to broaden your business horizons, all it takes is the willingness to try.

Trade Manifesto – Global Britain

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