Forthcoming trade events 2018–2019

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This regularly updated events calendar notifies importers and exporters of forthcoming conferences, seminars/workshops, trade shows, trade missions and networking opportunities worldwide.

Conferences

December

9th Annual Compliance Conference: 5 December 2018 (tbc)

This year’s annual compliance conference organised by Global Trade and Logistics Software company AEB will consider the latest Brexit developments and what they mean for UK customs and export control processes.

For details email: info.uk@aeb.com.

Meetings and Networking

December

Imports for Prosperity — UK Business Consultation Event: 6 December 2018 (London)

Presented by British Expertise International, this morning-only event will focus on three main issues: the “last mile” constraints that deter UK businesses from accessing quality, competitive and reliable suppliers in developing countries; how those constraints might be addressed; and the potential for government support to strengthen market linkages and facilitate imports into the UK. There will be a broad geographic focus on South Asia, East and West Africa, and a sector focus on agriculture and manufacturing, including textiles.

For details see the Strategy International website.

International Trade Networking Evening: 13 December 2018 (Manchester)

This evening event will showcase the international trade advice and support available from Greater Manchester Chamber and its partners and sponsors.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

Opportunities in the Kurdistan Region: 12 December 2018 (London)

British Expertise International is hosting a delegation from the Kurdistan Chambers of Commerce. Speakers at this brief late-morning event will address opportunities for UK businesses in Kurdistan, particularly in infrastructure, agriculture, education and tourism.

For details see the Strategy International website.

Seminars and Workshops

December

Achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status: 4 December 2018 (London)

The aim of this UK Training course is to help companies understand AEO requirements and the benefits that can be gained from achieving AEO status. Participants will be guided through the application process and helped with both achieving and maintaining AEO status. The course will also highlight the pitfalls that companies typically experience and explain how to avoid delays and mistakes.

For details see the UK Training website.

Brexit Essentials — The Guide for Food and Drink Producers: 4 December 2018 (London)

The Food and Drink Federation is bringing together Brexit experts to help participants at this event plan for its impact on issues such as customs, tariffs and workforce, and food labelling.

For details see the FDF website.

Export Documentation Training Course: 4 December 2018 (Ipswich)

This course from the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce looks at export documentation and explains why it might be required, what content is needed and the benefits that documentation offers. It is suitable for anyone involved in the export or import process who is involved with the preparation of documents.

For details see the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce website.

An Introduction to Exporting: 5 December 2018 (London)

Covering all the basic aspects of exporting, this Institute of Export course is aimed both at those new to exporting and experienced business people wanting to keep updated. Live online examples are used to explain export procedures and how to complete export documentation, and the course highlights commercial implications and why it is important to understand them.

For details see the IOE website.

Essential Guide to Incoterms®: 5 December 2018 (London)

This afternoon-only course from UK Training aims to provide a complete understanding of Incoterms® and to explain their relevance to individual businesses. It will also consider the potential consequences of using each particular term in an overseas supply contract and the implications for domestic trade. The course will provide a useful checklist for buyers and sellers, and present participants with a framework for avoiding disputes that typically happen in international trade.

For details see the UK Training website.

Little Red Book Masterclass: 5 December 2018 (London)

Little Red Book is a social media app in China which is used by young women to share information about fashion, beauty and health products from overseas. Driven by user-generated content, Little Red Book has allowed consumers to engage with brands in new ways and its e-commerce function allows companies to make money from it. Co-organised by Tong Digital and the China-Britain Business Council, this seminar offers an introduction to the platform and presents case studies highlighting its effective use as a marketing channel and an e-commerce route to market.

For details see the CBBC website.

Advanced Exporting: 6 December 2018 (London)

The objective of this Institute of Export course is to examine the many aspects of international documentation, how it should be completed, and when and where it should be presented. It will examine ways to prepare the relevant paperwork and provide delegates with the knowledge required to operate an effective and compliant export documentation process. The course is described as being most suited to people who have completed the “Introduction to Exporting” course and to experienced business people who want to keep up with developments.

For details see the IOE website.

China Business Clinics — Food & Drink Sector: 6 December 2018 (London)

This China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) event offers food and drink companies hour-long individual, confidential meetings to discuss matters ranging from the market potential for their products or services, to how to establish a presence in the market, and what support and services are available to help develop business in China.

For details see the CBBC website.

China Business Culture Training: 6 December 2018 (London)

China is often perceived as being a difficult market, with a different cultural approach often cited as a main area of concern. This half-day China-Britain Business Council course aims to provide participants with an awareness of China and Chinese business culture. Similarities and differences compared to British business culture will be discussed, and participants will learn practical skills that can make business interactions with China more successful.

For details see the CBBC website.

Export Practice and Procedures: 6 December 2018 (London)

Offered by UK Training, this course provides a complete overview of the export process from the first enquiry to the arrival of the goods. It explains export terminology and considers both the exporter’s compliance obligations and the documentation involved.

For details see the UK Training website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 12 December 2018 (London)

This Institute of Export course will look at the information that is required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported, and also at the differences between EU and non-EU trade.

For details see the IOE website.

Classification of Goods: 13 December 2018 (Newport, Wales)

This morning-only course from the South & Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce will consider the terminology used and the structure of the Harmonised System, Commodity and Tariff Codes. It will examine the rules that are used for classification and the tools available to assist in establishing the correct code.

For details see the Business Wales Events Finder website.

Revised Incoterms® Rules: 13 December 2018 (Newport, Wales)

Presented by the South & Mid Wales Chamber of Commerce, this afternoon-only course will consider changes in Incoterms® Rules, common misconceptions about “Ex Works”, the obligations of seller and buyer, practical shipping issues, and legal and commercial implications.

For details see the Business Wales Events Finder website.

January

Finance & the Supply Chain: 9 January 2019 (London)

Presented by Morley Consulting, this course aims to show finance specialists how the issues and unexpected costs they see on a daily basis are inadvertently created. Topics covered include: how worldwide and EU goods movements work; place of supply rules; the benefits and costs of air freight, sea freight, road, hand carry and courier shipments; and the use and implications of Incoterms®.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Achieving AEO Status: 10 January 2019 (London)

This Morley Consulting course will guide delegates in the practical application of the requirements for obtaining Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification. It is presented from a pragmatic and practical viewpoint rather than an academic and theoretical one. The emphasis is on avoiding difficulties, delays and costly mistakes. It is suitable for anyone wishing to obtain an understanding of the AEO requirements and scope in order to achieve AEO status for their organisation.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Digital Series: Shropshire [selling online]: 10 January 2019 (Telford)

This Department for International Trade (DIT) seminar will consider online marketplaces and how to build brand recognition.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Export Documentation: 10 January 2019 (Leeds)

Presented by Chamber International, this course will take a detailed look at export documents, including background to them, their uses and key information requirements for different types.

For details see the Chamber International website.

Brexit — Customs Update Seminar: 11 January 2019 (London)

Presented by Morley Consulting, this morning-only event will provide the latest news regarding changes to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) processes and procedures following the implementation of the Union Customs Code (UCC) and the Brexit vote. Progress on the UCC Transitional arrangements, alterations and allowances will be covered, as will HMRC initiatives such as Customs Declaration Service (CDS — the replacement for CHIEF) and self-assessment.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Export Licensing Compliance & Controls Seminar: 11 January 2019 (London)

The export of dual-use and military goods is becoming subject to ever tighter controls, which can change very quickly. Companies that are not aware of the law can quickly get into trouble. This afternoon course from Morley Consulting will explain the regulations and the structure of the UK combined control list in practical terms with examples. Licence types SIEL, OIEL, OGEL and EU GEA and their uses will be explained and illustrated.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

You Can Export — Doing Business in the Arabic Speaking World: 11 January 2019 (Derby)

Available only to companies from the East Midlands region, this course will introduce participants to the basics of the Arabic language and give them an insight into cultural attitudes and behaviours.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Becoming an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO): 18 January 2019 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

Presented by Sussex Chamber of Commerce, this course will explain what AEO is, consider the benefits of becoming an AEO and discuss the difference between AEO C and AEO S. It will also address the AEO application process and the impact of Brexit.

For details see the Sussex Chamber of Commerce website.

C-TPAT: 23 January 2019 (London)

The Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) is a voluntary supply chain security programme led by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). It focuses on improving the security of private companies’ supply chains with respect to terrorism. This course from Morley Consulting will explain the US C-TPAT programme’s security aims and place in the international supply chain. It will also discuss the benefits offered to participants and the requirements of foreign C-TPAT validation.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Export Customs Procedures & Documentation: 23 January 2019 (Manchester)

This course from the Greater Manchester Chamber is said to be suitable both for those new to international business and for experienced companies wishing to refresh their knowledge.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

You Can Export: Introduction to International Trade: 23 January 2019 (Newcastle)

This practical event is aimed at north east-based businesses interested in trading internationally or wanting to learn more about the services that the Department for International Trade North East provides.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Customs Compliance, Rules of Origin and Incoterms®: 24 January 2019 (Liverpool)

This Liverpool Chamber course covers the basic aspects of customs compliance, rules of origin and Incoterms®.

For details see the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce website.

Letters of Credit and Methods of Payment: 24 January 2019 (Durham)

Presented by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, this course is designed to give delegates practical guidance to help make sure that they are paid for their exports under a letter of credit. It also covers other payment methods used in international trade.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Trading Across Post-Brexit Borders: 24 January 2019 (London)

Brexit will change the processes and procedures for import, export and shipments to and from the EU. This Morley Consulting course aims to guide participants through those changes and the opportunities they offer. It should be of particular interest to exporters who have only traded within the EU and for those used to intra-EU shipments of goods, and who wish to understand the difference between intra-EU goods movements and rest of the world exports and imports.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

AEO (S) — Safety & Security: 25 January 2019 (London)

This course will guide delegates through the practical application of the requirements for obtaining Authorised Economic Operator Security and Safety (AEO(S)) certification. Presented by Morley Consulting, it offers a practical approach, with an emphasis on achieving the AEO(S) criteria in ways which suit individual businesses. It should be suitable for anyone wishing to obtain an understanding of how to practically achieve the AEO(S) requirements and scope within their organisation.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

An Introduction to Export Procedures: 28 January 2019 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

The course is said by Sussex Chamber of Commerce to be suitable both for those new to exporting and for experienced exporters who need to update their knowledge. It will provide an overview of the terminology, procedures and documentation used in the exporting process and aims to promote awareness of the responsibilities and obligations of all parties.

For details see the Sussex Chamber of Commerce website.

Export Documentation: 29 January 2019 (Manchester)

Presented by the Greater Manchester Chamber, this course for all levels of exporters looks at export documents, why they are used and the benefits they offer.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

February

Brexit and Beyond Workshop: 3 February 2019 (Huddersfield)

As Brexit continues to be discussed and negotiations continue, there remains an uncertainty as to how it is going to affect trade with Europe and beyond. This from MY Export Hub morning-only workshop will look at current EU processes and how they are likely to change and will offer recommendations about how businesses can prepare for Brexit.

For details see the My Export Hub website.

Introduction to Importing: 5 February 2019 (Birmingham)

Organised by the Institute of Export, this seminar will offer practical guidance to prospective and existing importers by considering the basic procedures, terminology and documentation involved in importing. It will give an overview of the entire importing process including supplier selection, evaluation of risks, supply chain, terms of delivery, methods of payment, selection of clearing agent, duty and excise, and the role of UK customs. Potential pitfalls will be highlighted and advice given on how to avoid them.

For details see the IOE website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 5 February 2019 (Edinburgh)

This Institute of Export workshop will look at the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on existing exports and imports, both immediately and longer term.

The course covers a number of issues, including: managing existing business; communicating with existing EU clients/suppliers/partners and planning for the future (impact on EU business and non-EU business); looking beyond the EU (market research); managing future risks (foreign exchange and credit risk insurance) and the impact of Brexit on the supply chain (agreements with suppliers; customs procedures, tariffs, duty preferences; transport and distribution).

For details see the IOE website.

AEO Certified Practitioner: 5–8 February 2019 (London)

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, this Morley Consulting course leads to certification as an AEO Practitioner. Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) certification is part of the UK’s post-Brexit strategy for achieving the most frictionless borders possible.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Advanced Importing: 6 February 2019 (Birmingham)

Successful importing requires an understanding of customs rules and procedures as well as the duty and excise relief available. This in-depth, advanced course from the Institute of Export addresses issues such as compliance with customs duty relief schemes, customs compliance and payment methods. It is described as being most suited to people who have completed the “Introduction to Importing” course and to experienced business people who want to keep up with developments.

For details see the IOE website.

Dangerous Goods: 6 February 2019 (London)

The Dangerous Goods Regulations are changing in 2019. This one-day course from the Institute of Export will cover the basics for each mode of transport: air, road and sea.

For details see the IOE website.

ez-Cert — Export Documentation and Beyond: 6 February 2019 (Huddersfield)

This morning-only session from MY Export Hub will show delegates how to produce exemplary paperwork effortlessly, thereby reducing the potential for unnecessary friction when shipments cross borders. Designed to suit both those new to the task and those seeking a refresher, the course will be informal, allowing attendees to ask any questions they have on the wide range of topics involved in shipping goods overseas.

For details see the MY Export Hub website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 7 February 2019 (Birmingham)

This Institute of Export course will look at the information required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported. It will also consider the differences between EU and non-EU trade.

For details see the IOE website.

Customs in Action — Practical Compliance: 11 February 2019 (London)

Described by Morley Consulting as “unique”, this course considers the practical impact of customs issues, processes and controls. It aims to clarify who is responsible, what those responsibilities consist of, how to spot and avoid pitfalls, and how to create benefit along the international supply chain. Delegates “will attain an understanding of the important role of customs work in supply chain facilitation, achieving competitive advantage and providing customer service”.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Certificate of Customs Competency: 11–15 February 2019 (five days; London)

Under the new Union Customs Code (UCC) a company’s access to customs simplifications, priority treatment and reduced cost will be based on external risk assessment. Delegates who successfully complete this Morley Consulting course will be able to prove to employers that they have the essential knowledge and skills needed to work in this field without placing their organisations at risk. Companies having achieved or seeking to achieve Authorised Economic Operator (AEO C) or AEO F status will be able to demonstrate that their employees engaged in customs work have the level of knowledge expected by the Standard.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

An Introduction to Exporting: 12 February 2019 (London)

Covering all the basic aspects of exporting, this Institute of Export course is aimed both at those new to exporting and experienced business people wanting to keep updated. Live online examples are used to explain export procedures and how to complete export documentation, and the course highlights commercial implications and why it is important to understand them.

For details see the IOE website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 12 February 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export course will look at the information required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported. It will also consider the differences between EU and non-EU trade.

For details see the IOE website.

Customs Tariff Classification: 12 February 2019 (London)

This course is designed both for those new to customs tariff classification and for those needing a greater understanding of the use and implications of classification globally. It will cover how and why an item should be classified for import, export or EU trade statistical purposes. It will also include information on how to classify items including those of mixed materials, unfinished and incomplete items, and those sold in sets. The relationship between tariff classification and obtaining the benefit of Free Trade Agreements will also be explained.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

eCommerce — Selling your Products Direct to the Chinese Consumer: 12 February 2019 (Grantham)

Presented by the China-Britain Business Council, this morning-only workshop will explore how companies can engage with cross-border e-commerce to get their consumer goods directly from the UK into the hands of Chinese customers. It will explain how the key platforms work and also how digital marketing can drive sales and consider the steps a business needs to take to sell products direct to consumers in China.

For details see the CBBC website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 12 February 2019 (Manchester)

This Institute of Export workshop will look at the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on existing exports and imports, both immediately and longer term.

The course covers a number of issues, including: managing existing business; communicating with existing EU clients/suppliers/partners and planning for the future (impact on EU business and non-EU business); looking beyond the EU (market research); managing future risks (foreign exchange and credit risk insurance) and the impact of Brexit on the supply chain (agreements with suppliers; customs procedures, tariffs, duty preferences; transport and distribution).

For details see the IOE website.

Advanced Exporting: 13 February 2019 (London)

The objective of this Institute of Export course is to examine the many aspects of international documentation, how it should be completed, and when and where it should be presented. It will examine ways to prepare the relevant paperwork and provide delegates with the knowledge required to operate an effective and compliant export documentation process. The course is described as being most suited to people who have completed the “Introduction to Exporting” course and to experienced business people who want to keep up with developments.

For details see the IOE website.

Customs Valuation: 13 February 2019 (London)

This Morley Consulting course is designed for those new to customs valuation and for those needing a greater understanding of the use and implications globally. It will cover the World Trade Organization (WTO) Rules of Valuation, looking at different items and differing circumstances. What items can and cannot be left out of a valuation build-up for customs purposes will be highlighted, and sample calculations and valuation statements for trade statistics, import duty and VAT will be discussed. Delegates will gain the information required to allow them to understand how to arrive at a customs valuation and to understand the implications, benefits and issues of the value declared to customs.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Dangerous Goods: 13 February 2019 (Manchester)

The Dangerous Goods Regulations are changing in 2019. This one-day course from the Institute of Export will cover the basics for each mode of transport: air, road and sea.

For details see the IOE website.

Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements & Export Preference: 13 February 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export course will explain all aspects of the Rules of Origin and Trade Agreements, and how to understand and comply with them. Participants can expect to learn how they can be more competitive in export markets.

For details see the IOE website.

Origin & Preference — Gaining the Benefits: 14 February 2019 (London)

This Morley Consulting course covers a range of issues, including: “origin” in international trade; how to determine the origin of a product; rules of origin; documentation (eg EUR1, ATR1, invoice statements); Certificates of Origin, their meaning and completion; legal requirements and issues; the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP); Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and anti-dumping duty.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 14 February 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export workshop will look at the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on existing exports and imports, both immediately and longer term.

The course covers a number of issues, including: managing existing business; communicating with existing EU clients/suppliers/partners and planning for the future (impact on EU business and non-EU business); looking beyond the EU (market research); managing future risks (foreign exchange and credit risk insurance) and the impact of Brexit on the supply chain (agreements with suppliers; customs procedures, tariffs, duty preferences; transport and distribution).

For details see the IOE website.

Specialist Customs Procedures: 15 February 2019 (London)

Many procedures exist to legally avoid payment of import duty and VAT or to delay payment. Offered by Morley Consulting, this practical course focuses on paying the “right” amount of import duty by managing the import process and choosing the correct customs procedure to fit the circumstances.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 19 February 2019 (Manchester)

This Institute of Export course will look at the information required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported. It will also consider the differences between EU and non-EU trade.

For details see the IOE website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 19 February 2019 (Birmingham)

This Institute of Export workshop will look at the impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on existing exports and imports, both immediately and longer term.

The course covers a number of issues, including: managing existing business; communicating with existing EU clients/suppliers/partners and planning for the future (impact on EU business and non-EU business); looking beyond the EU (market research); managing future risks (foreign exchange and credit risk insurance) and the impact of Brexit on the supply chain (agreements with suppliers; customs procedures, tariffs, duty preferences; transport and distribution).

For details see the IOE website.

Letters of Credit: 20 February 2019 (Birmingham)

This Institute of Export course puts payment options, including Letters of Credit, into context. It explains the roles of the parties, clarifies the procedures and recommends practical ways in which exporters can establish best practice in order to ensure payment every time.

For details see the IOE website.

Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements & Export Preference: 20 February 2019 (Manchester)

This Institute of Export course will explain all aspects of the Rules of Origin and Trade Agreements, and how to understand and comply with them. Participants can expect to learn how they can be more competitive in export markets.

For details see the IOE website.

Post-Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 21 February 2019 (London)

Brexit seems likely to bring a significant increase in the paperwork and compliance obligations that UK businesses must meet in order to continue to sell into EU markets. With UK businesses needing to educate themselves on how the international customs environment works, this Institute of Export course will focus on the potential changes in export documentation that Brexit may bring. Among other things, it will cover: key import and export documentation; UK customs procedures; documents that can be used as proof of export from the UK; tariff and commodity codes; and Certificates of Origin.

For details see the IOE website.

Achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status: 26 February 2019 (London)

This Morley Consulting course will guide delegates in the practical application of the requirements for obtaining AEO certification. It is presented from a pragmatic and practical viewpoint rather than an academic and theoretical one. The emphasis is on avoiding difficulties, delays and costly mistakes. It is suitable for anyone wishing to obtain an understanding of the AEO requirements and scope in order to achieve AEO status for their organisation.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 26 February 2019 (Birmingham)

This Institute of Export course will look at the information required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported. It will also consider the differences between EU and non-EU trade.

For details see the IOE website.

Export Documentation & Import Procedures: 26 February 2019 (Leeds)

This Chamber International course takes a practical approach to why and when export documents are needed. It includes background, uses and key information for different documents, including: pro forma/commercial invoices; Export Cargo Shipping Instructions (ECSI); Certificates of Origin (EC and Arab) and Export Licences. The course will also give participants an understanding of the requirements for UK importation and make them aware of errors that can be made (and how to avoid them) with particular emphasis on reducing costs.

For details see the Chamber International website.

Incoterms®: 26 February 2019 (Huddersfield)

This morning-only course from MY Export Hub is an introduction to the International Commercial Terms of Delivery (Incoterms®), including the changes introduced in 2010. It is designed for staff involved in the administration of import and export activities.

For details see the My Export Hub website.

Introduction to Export Licensing Controls: 26 February 2019 (Manchester)

This course from the Institute of Export looks at export controls on goods leaving the UK. It will cover exports of military and dual-use goods as well as software and technology. Different types of licences and the procedures for obtaining them will be explained, as will compliance with shipments to different export regions.

For details see the IOE website.

Preferential Trade Agreements & Rules of Origin: 26 February 2019 (Huddersfield)

Presented by MY Export Hub, this afternoon-only course aims to provide participants with an understanding of: the difference between Preference and Non-Preference Origin; the rules determining preference rules of origin; and the percentage rule and how to apply it.

For details see the MY Export Hub website.

An Introduction to Exporting: 27 February 2019 (Manchester)

Covering all the basic aspects of exporting, this Institute of Export course is aimed both at those new to exporting and experienced business people wanting to keep updated. Live online examples are used to explain export procedures and how to complete export documentation, and the course highlights commercial implications and why it is important to understand them.

For details see the IOE website.

CE Marking Training Course: 27 February 2019 (London)

This morning-only course organised by Enterprise Europe Network aims to give participants a complete overview of the CE marking process. Those attending can expect to gain a basic understanding of the CE marking directives and learn how to identify and apply them.

For details email: zbrutenicova@londonchamber.co.uk.

Customs Classification and Tariff Codes: 27 February 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export workshop is designed both for people new to exporting and for those with experience who want to keep up with developments. The course considers the commercial implications of the correct use of the tariff/commodity code and why it is important to have a good understanding of them.

For details see the IOE website.

South Coast World Trade Summit: 27 February 2019 (Southampton)

The Institute of Export has not yet provided any information about this event.

For details see the IOE website.

Advanced Exporting: 28 February 2019 (Manchester)

The objective of this Institute of Export course is to examine the many aspects of international documentation, how it should be completed, and when and where it should be presented. It will examine ways to prepare the relevant paperwork and provide delegates with the knowledge required to operate an effective and compliant export documentation process. The course is described as being most suited to people who have completed the “Introduction to Exporting” course and to experienced business people who want to keep up with developments.

For details see the IOE website.

VAT in International Trade: 28 February 2019 (London)

Run in partnership with SimplyVAT, this Institute of Export course will explain the basics of VAT, what it is, what it does and how to comply with the rules behind it. The course will also cover how VAT applies to movements of goods both within and outside the EU, as well as cross-border supplies of services.

For details see the IOE website.

You Can Export: How to Manage Agents & Distributors: 28 February 2019 (Liverpool)

This morning-only workshop from the Department for International Trade (DIT) will look at the use of agents and distributors to enter international markets and will include advice on market research. It is suitable for both first-time exporters and for those trying to enter new overseas markets.

For details see the DIT Events website.

Trade Missions

January

Midlands Engine Market Visit to Arab Health: 27–31 January 2019 (Dubai)

Arab Health is the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. This Midlands Engine initiative will enable participants to promote and display their products or services in the UK Pavilion.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Northern Powerhouse Mission to Arab Health: 28–31 January 2019 (Dubai)

Arab Health is the largest gathering of healthcare and trade professionals in the Middle East and North African (MENA) region. This Northern Powerhouse initiative will include a briefing on the life sciences/healthcare markets across the Gulf region, enable participants to promote and display their products or services to local buyers, and access support from British Embassy regional specialists.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

February

Food and Wine Buyers Mission to La Rioja: 27–28 February 2019 (Logroño, Spain)

The Enterprise Europe Network has organised a company mission for importers and distributors of Spanish and Mediterranean food and drink to Spain’s most productive agrarian industrial area, the Ebro River Valley in La Rioja. The mission offers UK companies a rare opportunity to meet representatives from the most important Spanish wine and food sector enterprises from the region and will include bilateral business meetings and visits to select La Rioja companies.

The deadline for applications is 8 January.

For details see PDF flyer at www.londonchamber.co.uk.

Trade Shows

December

Cuba Energy Oil and Gas II: 4–7 December 2018 (Havana, Cuba)

This event aims to provide an in-depth insight for domestic and international investors and suppliers into the priorities facing Cuba. Over 50 oil and gas leaders and experts in their field will contribute to the programme.

For details email: alina.niebla@fco.gov.uk.

January

BETA International [equestrian, outdoors, pets]: 20–22 January 2019 (Birmingham)

Described as the ultimate buying experience for those in the equestrian, country clothing, outdoor and pet product sectors, this event is said to offer a unique global business and networking platform.

For details see www.thenec.co.uk.

February

British & International Franchise Exhibition: 1–2 February 2019 (London)

Support by the British Franchise Association, this event offers delegates the chance to see over 100 franchise brands from a range of sectors, including food and drink, property, domiciliary care, retail and fitness.

For details see the Olympia London website.

DIT International Trade Day at Subsea Expo: 5–7 February 2019 (Aberdeen)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is offering UK-based oil and gas supply chain companies the opportunity to connect with trade officials from around the globe, meet potential customers from key international markets and discuss business opportunities. There will be briefing sessions on key global markets and delegates will learn about new business opportunities arising from operators’ latest global project developments and their subsea requirements.

For details see the DIT Events website.

UK National Stand at Agro Spring: 19–20 February 2019 (Kiev, Ukraine)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is hosting a UK stand at this business to business trade show in Ukraine, focusing on agricultural technologies, crop production, storage and animal farming. Tradeshow Access Programme grants are available for eligible businesses.

For details see the DIT Events website.

Travel Technology Europe: 20–21 February 2019 (London)

“Whether you are a travel or hotel business owner, work in IT or marketing, this event will showcase the latest technologies and innovations that can help your business succeed.” It will showcase over 130 exhibitors in key areas of technology, including: back office systems; big data and personalisation; booking and reservation systems; and mobile marketing and apps.

For details see the Olympia London website.

Last reviewed 30 November 2018

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