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How We Support Global Trade

How We Support Global Trade

How We Support Global Trade


Too few British firms make the most of trading opportunities, but all it takes is the willingness to try.

With over 350 qualified specialists and direct connections to over 75 markets internationally, the reach of our Accredited Chamber Network extends to every corner of the globe. We’re champions of international trade, and you can rely on us to effectively support your path to overseas success. Are you ready to broaden your business horizons?

Export Readiness Assessment

How suitable is your business for international trade? Since no two businesses are the same, this is the first question we must ask. Chambers will evaluate the appropriateness of your products and services for export, and the infrastructure they have in place to support international trade.

Then, you will receive tailored guidance on how to become export-ready. A detailed assessment includes reviews of intellectual property risks, trademarks, branding, packaging, pricing, safety certification, customs regulations, and relevant legislation.

Overseas Market Intelligence

Utilise market research to ensure your company’s efforts are directed towards the right export targets. By weighing ease of access and level of demand, Chambers assist exporters in finding the right markets for their products.

Once a market has been successfully targeted, Chambers provide specific intelligence, such as customs requirements and contacts via our International Network, DIT contacts, and Chambers’ relationships with other ‘in-market’ organisations.

Risk Management

During the international trade process, you may encounter several risks that can negatively impact your business. For example, non-payment of invoices, political uncertainties, or intellectual property theft.

Chambers provide strategic market intelligence and detailed information to help you analyse your risks and opportunities, enabling you to make the right export choices to succeed.

Advice, Signposting, and Reassurance

Need a push in the right direction? Our Accredited Chamber of Commerce Network is a trusted source of information and delivers advice to around 1,500 companies every week.

Chamber specialists are always on hand to provide reassurance on technical issues that could slow down exporters when entering a new market, or when they have a new product for despatch into an existing market.

Using the knowledge and expertise they possess on the latest exporting rules, our teams act as a signpost to the latest government sources on advice and other requirements to keep you on the right track.

How We Support Global Trade

international market access

Gain confidence as you venture into new markets. Chambers of Commerce provide valuable insight into the typical B2C and B2B distribution channels, as well as practical advice on selecting and establishing agreements with local market agents & distributors.

Distribution Channels

Get your products in the right hands. Alongside supplying valuable insights into the typical B2C and B2B distribution channels, Chambers of Commerce provide practical advice about selecting and establishing agreements with local market agents and distributors.

Local Market Access Support

Entering a new export market is not without its pitfalls, which is why Chambers of Commerce are on hand to provide crucial assistance.

They’ll get you past that first hurdle by introducing you to potential clients, agents, distributors, and in-market networks. You can also benefit from tailored training on the local business environment, powered by their unique knowledge.

Chambers will help you assess various market entry strategies – including detailed analysis and recommendations – to help you find the most appropriate one for your business.

Trade Missions and Trade Shows

Joining an organised trade mission is one of the best ways to develop your business presence overseas. Chambers can help you make the most of them.

Each Chamber is fully equipped to help exporters identify and prepare for trade shows & trade missions, maximising the benefits of these opportunities. Whether you’re a seasoned exporter or a first-timer, Chambers of Commerce can unlock your potential and help you embrace these events with absolute confidence.

Export Clubs

Embrace the benefits of a collective Network. Some Chambers coordinate local trade clubs as a catalyst for the international trade activities of new and existing exporters. These peer-to-peer networking events are a great opportunity to meet, discuss, and explore the industry with an inclusive, like-minded community.

Marketing and Translation Services

The marketing environment in any new export market can be quite different from the one in the UK. From design, tone and customs to online marketing regulations, there are various factors to consider to ensure your message is tailored to the local market. To assist your expansion overseas, you can access discounted local marketing services through your local Chamber.

They also supply firms with business-quality translation services – including legal, commercial, and technical material – from a range of trusted providers.

How We Support Global Trade


Export documentation must be completed accurately if charges and delays are to be avoided, and shipments are to arrive on time. As accredited issuers of trade documents, your local Accredited Chamber can assist with the following types of export documentation:

UK 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, which may also be requested by the importing company. These may be used for Arab League States.

UK Certificate of Origin

These support claims for preferential (usually zero) rates of duty in the country of implementation. To qualify, the goods must ‘originate’ in the UK. The preference system only applies to countries where certain trade agreements exist with the EU.

The Chamber of Commerce Network is also your reliable 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
The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce – to act as agents for the issuing of Arab British Certificates of Origin


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