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

Conferences

February

UK–NL Cyber & FinTech Summit: 20 February 2020 (The Hague, Netherlands)

This summit will bring together business, academia and government to share new and upcoming technologies, discuss best policy practices, expand their network and do business. While showcasing the very best technologies that the UK and the Netherlands have to offer, the focus will primarily be on: Artificial Intelligence; Data & Identity Management; Cybercrime; and Cyber Security in financial technology.

For details see: https://uktech.nl/cyber/

FINTECH Bridge China-UK Conference: 27 February 2020 (London)

This conference will look at China’s unique tech landscape and at the opportunities for organisations to expand their business and build new relationships.

For details see: http://www.cbbc.org/events/2020/february/fintech-bridge-china-uk-conference/

March

BCC Annual Conference: 5 March 2020 (London)

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Annual Conference will explore a range of issues through panel discussions and keynote speeches, and will also offer networking opportunities.

For details see: https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/events/annual-conference

CBI Conference Series: International Trade: 24 March 2020 (London)

The inaugural CBI London International Trade Conference will present the latest insights on emerging trends in international trade and new trade policies that could impact on delegates’ businesses. The event will offer practical advice on how to internationalise businesses and networking opportunities.

For details see: https://www.cbi.org.uk/events/cbi-conference-series-international-trade-conference/

Seminars and Workshops

January

Digital Workshop: B2B Session: 7 January 2020 (Shropshire)

This half day (morning) B2B workshop will help participants develop their digital skills, raise their global brand presence and allow them to test new markets with minimal investment. It is funded by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and attendance is limited to SME’s registered within the West Midlands.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196151&

Digital Workshop: B2C Session: 7 January 2020 (Shropshire)

This half day (afternoon) B2B workshop will help participants develop their digital skills, raise their global brand presence and allow them to test new markets with minimal investment. It is funded by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and attendance is limited to SME’s registered within the West Midlands.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196152&

Digital Workshop: B2B Session: 9 January 2020 (Staffordshire)

This half day (morning) B2B workshop will help participants develop their digital skills, raise their global brand presence and allow them to test new markets with minimal investment. It is funded by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and attendance is limited to SME’s registered within the West Midlands.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196155&

Digital Workshop: B2C Session: 9 January 2020 (Staffordshire)

This half day (afternoon) B2C workshop will help participants develop their digital skills, raise their global brand presence and allow them to test new markets with minimal investment. It is funded by West Midlands Chambers of Commerce and attendance is limited to SME’s registered within the West Midlands.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196156&

An Introduction to Export Procedures: 13 January 2020 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

This 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. The course will also include a summary of Incoterms 2020.

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/an-introduction-to-export-procedures

A beginner’s practical guide to Export: 15 January 2020 (Huddersfield)

This course from MY Export Hub is aimed at both beginners who are new to their role and exporters who have not had any formal training. It will look at the creation of a commercial invoice and help participants understand the various elements of it. The course will also provide businesses that currently only moving goods within the EU with an opportunity to understand basic post-Brexit export processes and documentation requirements.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3858-a-beginners-practical-guide-to-export-non-bcc

Rules of Origin: Preferential and Non-Preferential: 17 January 2020 (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: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/rules-of-origin-preferential-and-non-preferential-january-2020/

Incoterms: 24 January 2020 (Manchester)

This morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber will provide an update on the changes introduced by the new set of Incoterms. Among other things, it will look at what Incoterms are, the benefits of using them, the obligations for both buyer and seller, and the commercial implications of using Incoterms.

For details see: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/incoterms-january-2020/

Understanding Exporting and Export Documentation: 28 January 2020 (Huddersfield)

This MY Export Hub course is divided into two distinct sessions. In Understanding Exporting, participants will learn: how to prepare an export quotation; how to identify trade terms and international standards for freight carriage insurance and costs (Incoterms); and how to organise relevant IT, personnel and computer systems. In Export Documentation, they will learn: how to produce documentation for an international shipment; how to produce the appropriate documents required to expedite a shipment; and how to describe any additional special requirements or documentation for particular markets/sectors (e.g. Middle East, Hazardous Goods, Textiles).

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3903-understanding-exporting-and-export-documentation-bcc-accredited

Export Documentation Training Course: 29 January 2020 (Manchester)

This course from the Greater Manchester Chamber 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: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/export-documentation-training-course-january-2020/

February

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 5 February 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297431&group=

You can export: Routes to Global Market: 5 February 2020 (Durham)

This morning-only event is aimed at businesses based in the North East that are interested in trading internationally or in learning more about the services provided by the Department for International Trade (DIT) North East.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200191408&

Understanding Exporting: 11 February 2020 (Woodbridge, Suffolk)

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce says that this course will explain to delegates what an export is and take them through the processing and shipping of a product overseas. The course is aimed both at those new to exporting and at those with experience who want to learn of new developments.

For details see: https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/understanding-exporting-training-course

Incoterms 2020: 11 February 2020 (Leeds)

Presented by Chamber International, this morning-only course will provide a comprehensive overview of Incoterms 2020 and what’s changed since the 2010 version.

For details see: http://www.chamber-international.com/exporting-chamber-international/export-courses/incoterms-2020/

UK Export Controls & Licensing: 11 February 2020 (Huddersfield)

This course from MY Export Hub is designed for anyone working in an export environment who needs to understand how to determine if a licence is required. It will explain the types of licences available and application procedures.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3900-uk-export-controls-licensing

Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements & Export Preference: 11 February 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1293741&group=

Incoterms: 12 February 2020 (Manchester)

This morning-only course from Greater Manchester Chamber will look at Incoterms and, in particular, at the new 2020 edition.

For details see: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/incoterms-february-2020/

Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 13 February 2020 (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 in 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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297592&group=

Agents & Distributors: 18 February 2020 (Huddersfield)

This afternoon course from MY Export Hub aims to give participants an understanding of the differences between agents and distributors, issues to consider when appointing them, and what the legal implications of appointing agents and distributors are.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3658-agents-distributors-bcc-accredited-bcc-accredited

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 18 February 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297417&group=

Introduction to Exporting: 18 February 2020 (Edinburgh)

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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297835&group=

Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 18 February 2020 (Manchester)

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 in 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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297618&group=

Trade Commodity Codes: 18 February 2020 (Huddersfield)

Presented by MY Export Hub, this morning-only workshop will consider the make-up of Trade Commodity Codes, how to find them, and what happens if a Code is wrong.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3660-trade-commodity-codes

Business Culture Workshop: Scandinavia and Nordic: 19 February 2020 (Birmingham)

This morning-only masterclass will focus on Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. The event will cover a range of issues, including: different business and economic environments; business communication and negotiation styles; challenges and solutions when doing business; overcoming common trade barriers; and e-commerce strategy

Participants must be from SMEs registered within the West Midlands.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200197260&

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 19 February 2020 (Edinburgh)

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=1297440&group=

Introduction to Importing: 19 February 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297449&group=

Advanced Importing: 20 February 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297547&group=

Customs Declaration Training: 20 February 2020 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

Aimed at customs agents or at companies who use them or other intermediaries to trade with the EU, this course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will show participants how to meet post-Brexit customs requirements.

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/customs-declaration-training-2890

Introduction to Exporting: 25 February 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297391&group=

Step by Step guidance on completing Customs Declarations: 25 February 2020 (Manchester)

This new one-day training course from the Institute of Export will highlight what delegates need to know in order to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently. It will look at both import and export of goods and will include step-by-step guidance on completing the SAD C88 form. The course will also look at common pitfalls and mistakes made by newcomers to customs declarations.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297860&group=

Advanced Exporting: 26 February 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297185&group=

Incoterms 2020: 26 February 2020 (Huddersfield)

MY Export Hub says that participants on this morning only course will be helped to understand the purpose of Incoterms, the definitions of Incoterms rules, and the reasons that accurate export documentation is required – and where to get help with it.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3953-incoterms-2020-bcc-accredited

Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 26 February 2020 (Edinburgh)

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 in 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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297661&group=

Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 27 February 2020 (Birmingham)

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 in 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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297654&group=

Step by Step guidance on completing Customs Declarations: 27 February 2020 (Edinburgh)

This new one-day training course from the Institute of Export will highlight what delegates need to know in order to complete customs declarations accurately and efficiently. It will look at both import and export of goods and will include step-by-step guidance on completing the SAD C88 form. The course will also look at common pitfalls and mistakes made by newcomers to customs declarations.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297846&group=

March

Understanding AEO: 3-4 March 2020 (London)

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certification is part of the UK Government’s post-Brexit strategy for achieving the most frictionless borders possible, and also brings global recognition for excellence and competitive advantage to AEO certified companies. This practical two-day course from Morley Consulting will help delegates understand the scope and depth of AEO requirements and benefits.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/understanding-aeo.html

AEO Certified Practitioner: 3-6 March 2020 (four days; 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: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/aeo-certified-practitioner.html

Introduction to Exporting: 4 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297402&group=

Advanced Exporting: 5 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297577&group=

Appointment & Management of International Agents & Distributors: 10 March 2020 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

This course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will examine the differences between agents and distributors – and which to use. It will also discuss methods of finding, appointing and motivating agents and distributors and examine the relevant aspects of EU legislation.

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/appointment-and-management-of-international-agents-and-distributors-2888

International Documents & Customs Compliance: 10 March 2020 (Huddersfield)

Those attending this MY Export Hub course can expect to gain an understanding of the role of HMRC, rules of origin, customs procedures, the UK trade tariff and the different duties payable and how to calculate them.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3905-international-documents-customs-compliance-bcc

Methods of Payment & Letters of Credit: 10 March 2020 (Woodbridge, Suffolk)

This course from the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce will look at the main types of payment for exports, from advance payment to open account, including Sight Documentary Collection, Term Documentary Collection, and Documentary Letters of Credit.

For details see: https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/methods-of-payment--letters-of-credit-training-course-20200423

Understanding Exporting & Incoterms Workshop: 10 March 2020 (Leeds)

Anyone involved in the export/import process, from administrators through to sales and accounts personnel, should benefit from this Chamber International event. The workshop offers import/export supervisors, managers and senior executives an opportunity to understand the work carried out by their staff. It will also benefit those who need a firm grounding in the rights and obligations of parties to an export contract. International trade concepts and procedures will be explained in simple everyday terms, and delegates will gain a good understanding and knowledge of current best practice. The four groups of Incoterms will also be considered.

For details see: http://www.chamber-international.com/exporting-chamber-international/export-courses/understanding-exporting-incoterms/

China Business Clinic: 11 March 2020 (Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire)

At this China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) clinic, an advisor will be available for one-to-one sessions to discuss issues ranging from the market potential for specific products and services, to how to establish a presence in the Chinese market.

For details see: http://www.cbbc.org/events/2020/march/china-business-clinic/

Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements & Export Preference: 11 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297011&group=

China Business Clinics — Food & Drink Sector: 12 March 2020 (London)

This China-Britain Business Council (CBCC) 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: http://www.cbbc.org/events/2020/march/china-business-clinics-food-drink-sector-(london)/

Introduction to Exporting: 12 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1315556&group=

Incoterms: 13 March 2020 (Manchester)

This morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber will provide an update on the changes introduced by the new set of Incoterms. Among other things, it will look at what Incoterms are, the benefits of using them, the obligations for both buyer and seller, and the commercial implications of using Incoterms.

For details see: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/incoterms-march-2020/

Using Documentary Letters of Credit, Drafts & Bills: 16 March 2020 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

One of the main reasons for Letters of Credit being rejected is a lack of understanding of the underlying principles and a failure to construct a workable credit that directly relates to the sales or purchasing contract. Suitable for both importers and exporters, this course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce is aimed at field- and office-based sales staff, purchasing staff, shipping and despatch personnel, accounts and finance staff, customer services, freight forwarders.

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/using-documentary-letters-of-credit-drafts-and-bills-2837

Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 17 March 2020 (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 in 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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297597&group=

Gain Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status for your business: 18 March 2020 (Huddersfield)

Businesses attending this MY Export Hub workshop can expect to learn about: how to achieve AEO status; the advantages of AEO status; types of status; and how to apply for it.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3659-gain-authorised-economic-operator-aeo-status-for-your-business

You Can Export: Introduction to International Trade: 18 March 2020 (Durham)

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: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200198183&

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 19 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1315572&group=

Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 19 March 2020 (Birmingham)

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 in 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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297656&group=

Exporting — Understanding the Paperwork: 23 March 2020 (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: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/exporting-understanding-the-paperwork-2840

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 24 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297418&group=

Export Documentation: 24 March 2020 (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: http://www.chamber-international.com/exporting-chamber-international/export-courses/export-documentation-chamber-international/

Import Practice and Procedures: 24 March 2020 (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: https://www.uktraining.com/training/import-procedures-and-controls/78/classroom

INCOTERMS 2020: 24 March 2020 (Birmingham)

Presented by the Institute of Export, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2020 version of Incoterms and how they differ from the 2010 version. The course will enable UK businesses to be more cost and risk aware when negotiating new post-Brexit business deals.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1312525&group=

International Business Training: Letters of Credit for Exporters: 24 March 2020 (London)

Organised by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this practical workshop is aimed at exporting companies who regularly receive or handle Letters of Credit (L/Cs). It will help companies negotiate the most favourable terms for L/Cs and reduce the risks and costs associated with presenting documents to the bank.

For details see: https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/worldtrade/international-business-training-letters-of-credit/e-ozyogz

Customs Declaration Training: 25 March 2020 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

Aimed at customs agents or at companies who use them or other intermediaries to trade with the EU, this course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will show participants how to meet post-Brexit customs requirements.

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/customs-declaration-training-2891

Documentary Letters of Credit & Methods of Payment: 25 March 2020 (Huddersfield)

Presented by MY Export Hub, this course is split into two parts. The morning session will consider Documentary Letters of Credit and help delegates identify the procedure and parties concerned, as well as the different methods of payment and the different types of L/C and how to comply with their requirements. In the afternoon, the Methods of Payment session will help learners identify the different methods of payment used in international trade, understand the associated documentation, and comply with the requirements of different payment methods.

For details see: https://www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/3907-documentary-letters-of-credit-methods-of-payment-bcc-accredited

Export Practice and Procedures: 25 March 2020 (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: https://www.uktraining.com/training/export-procedures-and-controls/79/classroom

Introduction to Importing: 25 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297450&group=

Advanced Importing: 26 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297548&group=

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 26 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297407&group=

Introduction to Importing: 26 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297641&group=

Advanced Importing: 27 March 2020 (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: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1298069&group=

Becoming an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO): 27 March 2020 (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: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/becoming-an-authorised-economic-operator-aeo

AEO Training: 30 March 2020 (London)

Those attending this Institute of Export course can expect to gain a greater understanding of the requirements of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status and the benefits of achieving it. The course will highlight the pitfalls that companies typically experience and explain how to avoid delays and mistakes.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1299396&group=

International Customer Service: 30 March 2020 (London)

This Institute of Export course aims to prepare staff for all stages of dealing with customers from various cultures. In particular, it addresses the following questions: what are the attitudes to customer service across the globe?; what steps of the customer journey are most important in China, India, Middle East, USA, etc?; how can you recognise true customer needs, by breaking the language barrier and reading body language?; and how do you manage difficult customers and deal with crises in various cultures?

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1298231&group=

INCOTERMS 2020: 31 March 2020 (London)

Presented by the Institute of Export, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2020 version of Incoterms and how they differ from the 2010 version. The course will enable UK businesses to be more cost and risk aware when negotiating new post-Brexit business deals.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1307621&group=

INCOTERMS 2020: 31 March 2020 (Manchester)

Presented by the Institute of Export, this course will provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2020 version of Incoterms and how they differ from the 2010 version. The course will enable UK businesses to be more cost and risk aware when negotiating new post-Brexit business deals.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1312540&group=

Trade missions

February

Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to Gulfood: 15–20 February 2020 (Dubai, UAE)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is inviting food and drink companies from across the Northern Powerhouse region to participate in this trade mission to Gulfood 2020 in Dubai. The world’s largest food event, the tradeshow will have over 5000 exhibitors from five continents. The trade mission is said to be ideal for businesses wanting to grow their sales and operate in sectors such as: beverages, dairy, fats and oils, health, wellness, free-from, pulses, grains, cereals, meat and power brands. Financial support might be available.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200194783&

Smart Cities Mission to Turkey: 17–18 February 2020 (Istanbul, Turkey)

This UK technology trade mission will be led by the Department for International Trade (DIT). The mission will target the sector of Future Mobility in the Smart Cities space and will include business-to-government and business-to-business meetings and pitching sessions.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196984&

March

Energy Catalyst Round 8 Brokerage Visit to South Africa: 2–6 March 2020

This International Brokerage visit to South Africa is part of the Energy Catalyst programme and is intended to help organisations applying for the Energy Catalyst Round 8 (to be launched in June 2020) understand energy access issues in South Africa and find potential partners for joint proposals.

The deadline for applications is 10 January.

To register interest see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/energy-catalyst-round-8-brokerage-visit-to-south-africa-tickets-83961859181

Northern Powerhouse Premier Trade Mission to Washington and Atlanta: 2–6 March 2020 (Washington DC and Atlanta, US)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is inviting established and experienced exporters or high-growth businesses in the life sciences and healthcare sectors to join a Northern Powerhouse trade mission to Washington and Atlanta. This is an opportunity to explore and develop trade and collaboration opportunities in the US.

The closing date for expressions of interest is 10 January.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196054&

Schools Mission to Saudi Arabia: 15 March 2020 (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is leading a schools trade mission to Saudi Arabia to explore opportunities for partnerships.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200197997&

Trade shows

January

BETT [education technology]: 22–25 January 2020 (London)

This education technology event will bring together 850 leading companies, some 100 start-ups and over 34,000 delegates from 140 countries. Topics to be covered include: the future of education, and the role that technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.

For details see: https://www.bettshow.com/

British & International Franchise Exhibition: 31 January–1 February 2020 (London)

Over 100 brands accredited by the British Franchise Association will be represented at this event, spanning a range of business sectors, including food and drink, property, domiciliary care, retail and fitness.

For details see: https://www.franchiseinfo.co.uk/

February

Learning Technologies: 12–13 February 2020 (London)

More than 8,500 visitors and some 200 exhibitors are expected at this event, which is described as Europe's leading showcase of organisational learning and the technology used to support learning at work.

For details see: https://www.learningtechnologies.co.uk/

MWC [Mobile World Congress]: 24–27 February 2020 (Barcelona, Spain)

This is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2400 companies. With over 100,000 visitors expected, the Department for International Trade (DIT) will be promoting UK technology companies at the event.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196446&

International Confex: 25–26 February 2020 (London)

Described as the UK’s leading exhibition for event organisers, International Confex will have over 300 exhibitors, over 100 speakers and expects to host nearly 8,000 event professionals.

For details see: https://www.international-confex.com/

Travel Technology Europe: 25–26 February 2020 (London)

This event will showcase the latest technologies and innovations to help travel businesses succeed. Aimed at owners of travel and hotel businesses, as well as those working in IT and marketing.

For details see: https://www.traveltechnologyeurope.com/

March

Civil Nuclear Showcase: 3 March 2020 (London)

This event is described as a unique opportunity to learn about the latest developments across the international civil nuclear market and policy landscape – and to network with a diverse mix of senior delegates from government and industry. Some 200 overseas delegates are expected, from markets including Canada, Central Europe, China, France, Germany and Japan.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200194817&

JEC World [composites]: 3 March 2020 (Paris, France)

An international show for composites and advanced materials, JEC World provides a global platform spanning raw materials, machines, intermediate and final processors, OEMs and end users. The Department for International Trade (DIT) will host the UK Pavilion at JEC World 2020 in partnership with the Welsh Government, the National Composites Centre, Invest Bristol & Bath, Composites UK and Midlands Engine. Companies are from across the UK’s composite supply chain are being sought to exhibit as part of the pavilion.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200196989&

Futurebuild Matchmaking Event [construction]: 4 March 2020 (London)

Participants at this event will be able to hold pre-arranged, one-to-one meetings with potential international partners and find out about innovative developments in the world of construction. The event is described as an excellent opportunity for those drawing up specifications, suppliers, contractors and distributors to discover new and innovative products and services from the international marketplace.

For details see: https://futurebuild-matchmaking-2020.b2match.io/page-1591

BETT Asia [education technology]: 4–5 March 2020 (Kuala Lumpur)

Focusing on education technology and school equipment, this major regional event attracts senior level attendees from around South East Asia.

The deadline for applications to attend as an overseas buyer/agent is 20 January.

For details see: http://www.events.great.gov.uk/200198360

SxSW [film, interactive media, music]: 13–22 March 2020 (Austin, US)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) will have a trade stand at South by Southwest (SxSW) which is expected to attract some 300,000 visitors over 10 days. UK companies wishing to make contacts and demonstrate their creativity, expertise, technology and innovation are invited to join the DIT stand.

For details see: http://www.events.great.gov.uk/200196713

Oceanology International: 17–19 March 2020 (London)

With over 8000 attendees expected in 2020, Oceanology International it described as a must-attend event for those involved in exploring, monitoring, developing or protecting the world’s oceans, from seabed to surface and beyond. Some 500 global suppliers will be attending, and the events also offers conference sessions and networking opportunities.

For details see: https://oceanologyinternational.com/

Smart Communication + Connected Business Expo: 18–19 March 2020 (London)

This is said to be Europe’s ultimate showcase for the most exclusive technologies, innovative procedures and inventive solutions targeting unified communications, enabling people to run businesses successfully and efficiently from anywhere in the world.

For details see: http://www.sccbexpo.co.uk/

Sales Innovation Expo: 25–26 March 2020 (London)

Some 20,000 sales professionals are expected at this event, which will have over 200 fully interactive masterclasses and 500 educational seminars. Described as Europe’s leading marketing event, it helps connect proactive marketing professionals with the tools, techniques and innovations they need to be at the forefront of the ever-evolving world of marketing.

For details see: http://www.b2bmarketingexpo.co.uk/

Last reviewed 9 January 2020