Forthcoming trade events 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

February

ICC Supply Chain Finance Summit: 27–28 February 2019 (Singapore)

Convened by the International Chamber of Commerce, this high-level event offers an opportunity to learn from experienced corporations and bankers about their visions and strategies in the new era of supply chain finance (SCF). Issues to be covered include alternative options for SCF, the belt and road initiative, and digitisation of trade and SCF.

For details see the ICC website.

March

BCC Annual Conference: 28 March 2019 (London)

The annual conference of the British Chambers of Commerce will explore topics relevant to UK business through panel discussions and keynote speakers. Described as a must-attend event for business leaders, corporate affairs and public policy professionals, it is seen as an exceptional opportunity to network with people from all sectors. The future of UK trade was one of the key themes addressed in the 2018 conference.

For details see the British Chambers of Commerce website.

Meetings and Networking

March

Futurebuild Matchmaking Event: 6 March 2019 (London)

Previously called Ecobuild, Futurebuild will explore the latest technologies and issues facing the built environment in the UK and overseas. Organised by the Enterprise Europe Network at the London Chamber of Commerce, this matchmaking event is aimed at suppliers, contractors, distributors and others wishing to discover new and innovative products and services from the international marketplace. It is also a chance for product manufacturers, service providers and subcontractors to meet construction professionals including architects, contractors, distributors, agents, builders’ merchants, research centres and universities.

For details see www.londonchamber.co.uk.

Market Selection Clinic: 12 March 2019 (Coventry)

Through individual meetings, a specialist in export market research and selection will help participants prioritise overseas markets using a software tool and market data to identify relevant opportunities.

Note:

Clinics are open only to those who are working with, or have previously worked with, the West Midlands Department for International Trade and have an International Trade Advisor.

For details see www.events.great.gov.uk.

Manchester World Trade Summit: 13 March 2019 (Manchester)

Organised by the Institute of Export, this event will explore the increasingly complex international trade environment, looking at the opportunities and challenges currently facing those working in international trade.

For details see the IOE website.

Market Selection Clinic: 26 March 2019 (Birmingham)

Through individual meetings, a specialist in export market research and selection will help participants prioritise overseas markets using a software tool and market data to identify relevant opportunities.

Note:

Clinics are open only to those who are working with, or have previously worked with, the West Midlands Department for International Trade and have an International Trade Advisor.

For details see www.events.great.gov.uk.

Seminars and Workshops

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 UK Training 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 and 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.

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.

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.

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 www.events.great.gov.uk.

March

Introduction to Importing: 5 March 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Methods of Payment and Letters of Credit: 5 March 2019 (Leeds)

This workshop from Chamber International will cover the five main types of payment for exports. It is suitable for all staff who need to have a clear understanding of the procedures required to ensure payments for goods sold on documentary credit terms. Knowledge and understanding are reinforced through the use of exercises, tips on getting the credit needed and working examples of documentary credits.

For details see the Chamber International website.

Understanding Incoterms®: 5 March 2019 (Leeds)

This morning-only course from Chamber International will examine the relevance of Incoterms® to participants’ businesses and explain the delivery terms which are defined in the latest edition — Incoterms® 2010. The course will introduce the 11 current Incoterms®, providing an easy understanding of the contractual implications of the terms that are in daily use. It will enable participants to choose appropriate terms. It will also explain the critical importance of the event of delivery in a sale or purchase of goods, thereby preparing participants to resolve commonly-encountered disputes.

For details see the Chamber International website.

Understanding Exporting: 5 March 2019 (Woodbridge, Suffolk)

Of use to those new to exporting and also to those wanting to keep up with developments, this course from the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce aims to explain the basics of the export process. Topics covered include: differences in trading inside and outside the EU; sales contracts and purchase orders; Incoterms® 2010; and packing and handling marks.

For details see the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce website.

Advanced Importing: 6 March 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Import Practice and Procedures: 6 March 2019 (London)

This course from UK Training examines the essentials of importing and also considers more advanced issues, with the aim of helping participants understand the practicalities, costs and risks involved. It offers an insight into tariff codes, rules of origin, import documentation, supply chain costs and risks, customs duties, taxes and reliefs, and compliance with UK/EU legislation and HMRC requirements.

For details see the UK Training website.

Procurement & the Supply Chain: 6 March 2019 (London)

Presented by Morley Consulting, this course is intended to shine a light on the supply chain and explain how seemingly unconnected elements interact to produce cause and effect. Once those elements are understood, it is possible to avoid difficulties and delays and to achieve cost efficiency across the business disciplines involved.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

China Business Clinics — Food & Drink Sector: 7 March 2019 (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.

Customs Compliance, Processes and Documents: 7 March 2019 (Durham)

This course from the North East England Chamber of Commerce is designed to increase delegates’ understanding of customs procedures for both import and exports. It explains in detail obligations and responsibilities to HMRC and will be particularly useful for companies due to undergo a customs audit, and for those that have recently undergone one and found that they might have customs compliance issues.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 7 March 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.

New Exporters Course: 7 March 2019 (London)

This Morley Consulting course aims to show delegates how to make exports as simple, painless and cost efficient as possible. Getting it right first time generates profit and repeat orders, while getting it wrong leads to excessive cost, lost orders and wasted time. Delegates should leave with a practical understanding of the key elements that lead to a successful export.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 7 March 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.

Working with CITES: 8 March 2019 (London)

Participants on this Morley Consulting course will be given an overview of the regulations and practical guidance on the day-to-day operation of controls under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). Delegates will also be introduced to the requirements for trading in — and shipping items covered by — the CITES convention.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 12 March 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 Procedures and Documentation: 12 March 2019 (Huddersfield)

Participants on this MY Export Hub course can expect to learn about: the role of HMRC, rules of origin and Intra-EC trade; customs procedures and the UK trade tariff; and the different duties payable and how to calculate them.

For details see the MY Export Hub website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 12 March 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.

Rules of Origin: Preferential and Non-Preferential: 12 March 2019 (Manchester)

With some goods being the result of production in more than one country, it is not always easy to determine the correct country of origin. This half-day (morning) course from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will take a detailed look at rules of origin, with the aim of clarifying providing delegates’ understanding of them and helping them appreciate the distinction between preferential and non-preferential rules of origin.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

Achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status: 13 March 2019 (Birmingham)

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.

Introduction to Importing: 13 March 2019 (London)

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.

Preparing for Trade in a Post-Brexit World: A Practical Seminar: 13 March 2019 (Liverpool)

This morning-only event is designed to help participants understand more about the impact of Brexit on issues such as risks and complexity in supply chains, the process for getting goods to the EU and how to manage if UK products become more expensive in other markets.

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

Advanced Importing: 14 March 2019 (London)

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.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 14 March 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.

Brexit Seminar: 19 March 2019 (Leeds)

Presented by Chamber International, this morning-only seminar will explain the potential implications of Brexit for both import and export businesses. Part one will focus on the practicalities of Brexit, with part two consisting of presentations about opportunities in English-speaking markets post-Brexit.

For details see the Chamber International website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 19 March 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.

International Business Training: Letters of Credit: 19 March 2019 (London)

This practical workshop is aimed at exporting companies who regularly receive or handle Letters of Credit (L/Cs). It will assist them negotiate the most favourable terms for L/Cs and help reduce the risks and costs associated with presenting documents to the bank. On completing the course, delegates can expect to have learned how to select the best terms of payment and how best to achieve them, as well as being aware of the cost and cash flow implications of different methods of payment.

For details see www.ticketsource.co.uk.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 19 March 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.

Achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status: 20 March 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Excise Duties and Procedures: 20 March 2019 (London)

Aimed both at those new to working with excise products and those who want to improve their knowledge of the topic, this Institute of Export course will address issues including: how customs and excise taxes are formulated; complying with excise import regulations; product classification for excise products; and origin and valuation of excise goods.

For details see the IOE website.

Introduction to Exporting: 20 March 2019 (Birmingham)

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.

Advanced Exporting: 21 March 2019 (Birmingham)

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.

Effective Incoterms®: 21 March 2019 (London)

This half-day Institute of Export course is intended to provide a comprehensive overview of the purposes, meaning and correct use of Incoterms® 2010.

For details see the IOE website.

Export Practice and Procedures: 21 March 2019 (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.

Letters of Credit and Methods of Payment: 21 March 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.

Processing — The New IP, OPR and PCC: 21 March 2019 (London)

This practical course from Morley Consulting is designed to benefit both those who have already held Inward Processing (IP), Outward Processing Relief (OPR) or Processing under Customs Control (PCC) authorisations and those who have not previously taken advantage of them. The purpose, operation, benefits and opportunities for the reduction or complete removal of import duty, agricultural levies, CAP charges and VAT for both repairs and processing operations will be explained.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Quality Manager’s Guide to AEO [Authorised Economic Operator]: 22 March 2019 (London)

This practical course aims to give delegates the knowledge and skills needed to achieve AEO accreditation. It gives background to AEO, explains who gives the accreditation, looks at the effect on the supply chain and explains the difference between Customs (C), Security (S) and Full (F).

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Exporting — Understanding the Paperwork: 25 March 2019 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce says that this course will examine all aspects of export documentation from first enquiry to arrival of the goods at destination. It will seek to establish best practice, emphasising the need for a clear and coherent audit trail for each shipment to ensure customs compliance.

For details see the Sussex Chamber of Commerce website.

Dangerous Goods: 26 March 2019 (Birmingham)

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 Exporting: 26 March 2019 (Leeds)

Presented by Chamber International, this course is primarily aimed at people involved with export sales, payment, documentation, despatch and import/export activities. It will explain international trade concepts and procedures in simple everyday terms, leaving delegates with a good understanding and knowledge of current best practice.

For details see the Chamber International website.

Introduction to Exporting: 27 March 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.

Russia Without Tears — A Workshop for British Exporters: 27 March 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export seminar will consider both the risks and opportunities of doing business in Russia. From market entry to setting up with a joint venture partner, it will explore the many ways of making a success of exporting to one of the largest and most complex countries in the world. The seminar will have a practical focus, dealing with hiring and managing distributors, setting up a representative office and hiring staff, doing business with government, managing logistics, customs and other challenges.

For details see the IOE website.

Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements & Export Preference: 27 March 2019 (Birmingham)

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.

Advanced Exporting: 28 March 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.

Introduction to Export Licensing Controls: 28 March 2019 (Birmingham)

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.

Post-Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 28 March 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.

Turning Risk into Opportunity in Export Markets Beyond the EU: 28 March 2019 (London)

Brexit provides companies with a strong incentive to explore new emerging markets claims the Institute of Export, which presents this course on opportunities in a range of countries, including the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the MINTs (Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria and Turkey). The course will explore issues such as political risk, economic volatility and cultural attitudes to business.

For details see the IOE website.

Trade Missions

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.

March

Asian Development Bank Business Opportunities Fair: 27–28 March 2019 (Manila, Philippines)

British Expertise International is organising a mission to this Asian Development Bank (ADB) event, which is described as a one-stop forum for consultants, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers and civil society organisations looking to provide goods, works and services for ADB projects. It should be of interest to those involved in the infrastructure, agriculture, environment, energy, public management, finance, transport, water, urban development, health and education sectors.

For details see the Strategy International website.

Trade Shows

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 & 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 ww.events.great.gov.uk.

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 www.events.great.gov.uk.

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.

March

Security & Counter Terror Expo: 5–6 March 2019 (London)

Described as the largest international event to mitigate threats, protect against terrorist attacks and understand modern day risks, this event will connect buyers and specifiers from the entire security sector within counter terrorism, law enforcement and corporate security. It will bring together 350 leading suppliers and over 10,000 senior security professionals to participate in workshops, live demonstrations and industry briefings.

For details see www.counterterrorexpo.com.

South by Southwest [film/music]: 8–17 March 2019 (Austin, Texas, USA)

With an estimated 300,000 visitors, South by Southwest (SXSW) brings together those from the interactive, film and music industries. The Department for International Trade (DIT) will be taking an advertising sector mission and an interactive/immersive mission to SXSW from 8–14 March.

For details see www.events.great.gov.uk.

JEC World [composites]: 12–14 March 2019 (Paris)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) will support UK companies wishing to participate in this conference and exhibition, which offers an opportunity to meet with over 1300 exhibitors and some 40,000 composite industry professionals. The DIT is partnering with three key stakeholders on the UK Pavilion: Composites UK, the National Composites Centre and the Welsh Government.

For details see www.events.great.gov.uk.

IFE — International Food & Drink Event: 17–20 March 2019 (London)

With more than 1300 innovative, global and cutting-edge food and drink manufacturers in attendance, this event offers the opportunity to discover emerging trends by meeting thousands of future focused producers face to face. Co-located with Pro2Pac, the food and drink processing and packaging event.

For details see the IFE website.

Pro2Pac — Food & Drink Processing & Packaging Event: 18–20 March 2019 (London)

Held alongside the International Food & Drink Event, Pro2Pac is described as an influential biennial gathering of producers, manufacturers, technologists and design specialists. Showcasing the best of manufacturing innovation, packaging solutions and printing and labelling products, Pro2Pac will bring together over 120 leading suppliers and solutions providers and a seminar programme addressing the future of packaging.

For details see the Pro2Pac website.

Last reviewed 28 December 2018

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