Last reviewed 25 March 2021

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

CORONAVIRUS / COVID 19

When this list was compiled at the end of March, all the events included were scheduled to go ahead either online or face-to-face.

However, given the current public health situation, anyone considering attending a face-to-face event is advised to check with the organiser that it is still scheduled to go ahead before booking a place and/or making travel arrangements.

Meetings and Networking

May

The Future of UK Trade: 6 May 2021 (online)

This briefing with Andy Burwell, CBI Director of International Trade and Investment, will offer expert insights on the future of UK trade and the opportunities available to businesses.

For details see: https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/the-future-of-uk-trade-with-andy-burwell-81986/

International Perspective - Europe: 27 May 2021 (online)

This briefing with Sean McGuire, CBI Director for Brussels will offer expert insights on Europe and the opportunities available to businesses.

For details see: https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/international-perspective-europe-82839/

June

Doing Business in Pakistan: 10 June 2021 (online)

Participants at this short, morning event from British Expertise will hear from business leaders and government officials about opportunities in trade and investment in Pakistan, including insights on how to navigate procurement processes.

For details see: https://www.britishexpertise.org/product/doing-business-in-pakistan

Seminars and Workshops

April

Introduction to Export Licensing Controls: 6 April 2021 (online)

This Institute of Export course looks at export controls on goods leaving the UK and covers both military and dual-use goods, plus software and technology. The different types of licence and procedures for obtaining them will be explained, as will compliance with shipments to different export regions.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1442241&group=

Introduction to Exporting: 6 April 2021 (online)

Covering all the basic aspects of exporting, this Institute of Export course is designed both for people new to exporting and for those with experience who want to update their knowledge. Live online examples are used to explain export procedures and how to complete export documentation.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1435970&group=

Advanced Exporting: 7 April 2021 (online)

The objective of this Institute of Export course is to examine the many aspects of international documentation, the reasoning behind the requirements, their content, and free trade agreements. It also considers how documentation should be completed, and when and where it should be presented.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1436090&group=

INCOTERMS® 2020: 7 April 2021 (online)

This Institute of Export course will provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2020 version of Incoterms and how they differ from the 2010 version. It also aims to enable participants to become more cost and risk aware when negotiating new business deals, whatever the post-Brexit international trade environment holds for the UK.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1435939&group=

Step by Step guidance on completing Customs Declarations: 8 April 2021 (online)

This course from the Institute of Export will explain what businesses need to know to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently, whether for importing or exporting goods. In particular, it will take participants step-by-step through completing the SAD C88 form. The course will also highlight common pitfalls and discuss mistakes made by those new to customs declarations.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1456852&group=

Customs Classification and Tariff Codes: 13 April 2021 (online)

This Institute of Export workshop highlights commercial implications of the correct use of the Tariff/Commodity codes and why it is so important to have a good understanding of them. It is aimed both at people new to exporting and at those with experience who want to keep up with changes.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1436455&group=

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 13 April 2021 (online)

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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1452880&group=

Introduction to Importing: 13 April 2021 (online)

This Institute of Export course offers 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.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1442261&group=

New Computerised Transit System (NCTS): 13 April 2021 (online)

On this course, the Institute of Export course will provide an introduction to the Freight Transit regime and explain how to access and utilise the NCTS (New Computerised Transit System). The course aims to introduce traders to the commercial advantages of the regime and to offer step-by-step analysis of the system and the regulations required by HMRC and UK Border Force to ensure compliance and to facilitate smooth operation within the freight supply chain.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1449194&group=

Advanced Importing: 14 April 2021 (online)

Successful importing requires an understanding of customs rules and procedures as well as the duty and excise relief available. This advanced course from the Institute of Export will discuss in detail customs duty relief schemes, customs compliance and payment methods.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1442327&group=

Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements & Export Preference: 14 April 2021 (online)

Presented by the Institute of Export, this course will explain all aspects of the Rules of Origin and Trade agreements and how participants can comply with them. Topics covered include: how trade agreements are negotiated; what is meant by Rules of Origin and how to interpret them; the differences between preferential and non-preferential trade; and documentation (e.g. EUR1, ATR, GSP).

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1452886&group=

Customs Warehousing, Excise Warehousing & Temporary Storage Course: 15 April 2021 (online)

Customs Warehousing and Temporary Storage Facilities provide opportunities for the suspension of import taxes, which can provide huge cashflow savings for importers, or in the case of re-exports, actual tax savings. This Institute of Export course examines all types of warehousing available in the UK which allow a suspension of import taxes, including customs warehousing, excise warehousing and temporary storage facilities.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1449196&group=

Certificate of Customs Competency: 19-23 April 2021 (five days; online)

Presented by Morley Consulting, this five-day course is divided into the following main sections: Customs in Action, Practical Compliance; Customs Tariff Classification; Customs Valuation; Origin & Preference; and Specialist Customs Procedures / Assessment.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/certificate-of-customs-competency.html

Customs in Action - Practical Compliance: 19 April 2021 (online)

This course from Morley Consulting focuses on the practical impact of customs issues, processes and controls and 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 gain an understanding of the important role of customs work in supply chain facilitation, in achieving competitive advantage and in providing customer service.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/customs-in-action---practical-compliance.html

Customs Tariff Classification: 20 April 2021 (online)

This Morley Consulting 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 and will include information on how to classify items including those of mixed materials, unfinished and incomplete items and those sold in sets.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/customs-tariff-classification.html

Import Procedures: 20 April 2021 (online)

Offered by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, this course provides an overview of the end-to-end import process and reviews all areas applicable to a new supplier, including country and supplier risk, and payments. Described as being suitable both for those working in an import environment who have never had formal training and for those wanting a refresher course, it will also review documentation requirements and how to ensure that goods are imported successfully.

For details see: https://portal.glasgowchamberofcommerce.com/eventcalendar.html

Customs Valuation: 21 April 2021 (online)

Presented by Morley Consulting, this course will cover the calculation of the customs value for import – on which import duty and VAT will be based – as well as the calculation of the customs value for export. Delegates will learn how to arrive at a customs valuation and to understand the implications, benefits and issues of the value declared to customs.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/customs-valuation.html

Introduction to Exporting: 21 April 2021 (online)

Covering all the basic aspects of exporting, this Institute of Export course is designed both for people new to exporting and for those with experience who want to update their knowledge. Live online examples are used to explain export procedures and how to complete export documentation.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1435971&group=

Advanced Exporting: 22 April 2021 (online)

The objective of this Institute of Export course is to examine the many aspects of international documentation, the reasoning behind the requirements, their content, and free trade agreements. It also considers how documentation should be completed, and when and where it should be presented.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1435971&group=

Origin & Preference - Gaining the Benefits: 22 April 2021 (online)

Qualifying for the ‘right’ origin can bring significant reductions in the import duty and VAT payable at import and can also open the door to the use of the Free Trade Agreements, which not only bring the benefit of reduced import duty and tax but can open up markets that are not available to competitors. By controlling origin, businesses can ensure they both buy and sell at the best price. This course from Morley Consulting covers, among other things, the following: how to determine the origin of a product; non-preference and preference; documentation (e.g. EUR1, ATR1, invoice statements); processes required to obtain duty and VAT reductions; and legal requirements and issues.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/origin---preference---gaining-the-benefits.html

Brexit: EU Imports & Exports in 2021: 23 April 2021 (online)

Presented by UK Training, this afternoon-only course aims to help anyone involved in EU imports or exports understand the customs and VAT procedures that must be followed after the end of the Brexit transition period. To ensure that goods continue to flow as freely as possible, it is essential that businesses understand the new procedures and how their impact. This event will introduce delegates to the key changes and the various options available, including: customs declarations; customs duties and establishing origin; postponed VAT accounting; export zero rating; and the Northern Ireland Protocol.

For details see: http://www.uktraining.com/training/brexit-eu-imports-exports-in-2021/130/online

Specialist Customs Procedures: 23 April 2021 (online)

The focus of this practical course from Morley Consulting is on paying the ‘right’ amount of import duty by managing the import process and choosing the correct customs procedure to fit the circumstances. Many procedures exist to legally avoid payment of import duty and VAT or to delay payment of them.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/specialist-customs-procedures.html

Customs Classification and Tariff Codes: 27 April 2021 (online)

This Institute of Export workshop highlights commercial implications of the correct use of the Tariff/Commodity codes and why it is so important to have a good understanding of them. It is aimed both at people new to exporting and at those with experience who want to keep up with changes.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1436456&group=

Getting Paid: Focus on Letters of Credit: 27 April 2021 (Manchester or online)

This course from the Greater Manchester Chamber provides an overview of all methods of payment when trading internationally, including the risks and benefits involved. It focuses in particular on the Letter of Credit aspect, with the aim of guiding participants through the process, making sure documents are compliant and that payment is successful.

For details see: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/getting-paid-focus-on-letters-of-credit-april-2021/

Impact of the EU-UK Trade Deal: 27 April 2021 (online)

This new, afternoon-only course from UK Training is intended to help anyone involved in EU imports or exports understand the implications of the EU-UK trade agreement on their business. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) is already impacting those who import or export goods and there are numerous aspects of the deal which will come as a surprise to many businesses. Traders will have to learn how to work with their suppliers, shippers and customers to lessen the disruption and minimise the costs. Delegates will be guided through the key details of the deal and how it impacts trade conducted between the UK and the EU. The course will also explain rules of origin and where they can and cannot be applied.

For details see: http://www.uktraining.com/training/the-eu-uk-trade-deal-for-importers-and-exporters/139/online

Managing Agents & Distributors: 27 April 2021 (online)

This morning-only course from Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is designed for sales teams, administrators and managers planning to engage agents and/or distributors overseas. The course covers the differences between the two, the advantages and disadvantages of each, what to consider when appointing them, and legal implications. The course will also look at the importance of harmonising all sales channels, which makes it useful also to those already selling through these third parties.

For details see: https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/agents--distributors---half-day-online-training-course---bcc-accredited

AEO Training: 29 April 2021 (online)

Internationally recognised as a mark of quality, an Authorised Economic Status (AEO) certificate effectively demonstrates that a firm’s role within the international supply chain is secure and that its customs controls and procedures are efficient and compliant. This Institute of Export course aims to help participants understand AEO requirements and benefits that can be gained by achieving AEO status. It will guide them through the application process and enable them to help their organisations achieve and maintain AEO status.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1449198&group=

Authorised Economic Operator: 29 April 2021 (online)

Achieving Authorised Economic Status (AEO) is one way to mitigate customs risks associated with Brexit says Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. This course is designed to help businesses understand this and other benefits of achieving AEO status, which also include: showing that a business has efficient customs controls and procedures; making the application process for any Simplified Customs Procedures easier and quicker; and having reduced Customs Comprehensive Guarantees for deferred Customs Duty and VAT more likely to be accepted by HMRC.

For details see: https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/authorised-economic-operator---online-training-course