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

Conferences

June

Opportunity Nigeria Conference: 10 June 2019 (London)

Organised by the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce as part of its 2019 Trade Mission to the UK, this afternoon-only event will feature keynote presentations from leaders in the public and private sectors. The aims of the conference include changing the Nigerian narrative and offering a new face of the Nigerian private sector, as well as considering opportunities for collaboration created by Brexit.

For details see londontechweek.com.

Meetings and Networking

May

Scotland World Trade Summit: 1 May 2019 (location, tbc)

Hosted by the Institute of Export and Scottish Enterprise, this Regional Trade Summit will address issues in international trade, looking at the opportunities and challenges facing those working in the area.

For details see the IOE website.

FDF Convention 2019: 14 May 2019 (London)

At this Food and Drink Federation (FDF) event, speakers will discuss what the outcome of Brexit means for the sector and also how to sell “Brand Britain” in a post-Brexit world.

For details see the FDF website.

DFID Global Funds Department Update: 22 May 2019 (London)

Niall Fry, Deputy Head at the Department for International Development (DFID), will use this morning session to explain the work of the Global Funds Unit and highlight opportunities for UK firms. Hosted by British Expertise International.

For details see the Strategy International website.

June

Northern Ireland World Trade Summit: 12 June 2019 (location, tbc)

Hosted by the Institute of Export, this Regional Trade Summit will address issues in international trade, looking at the opportunities and challenges facing those working in the area.

For details see the IOE website.

Seminars and Workshops

April

Certificate of Customs Competency: 1–5 April 2019 (five days; Manchester)

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.

Customs in Action — Practical Compliance: 1 April 2019 (Manchester)

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.

AEO Certified Practitioner: 2–5 April 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Customs Tariff Classification: 2 April 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Introduction to Authorised Economic Operator (AEO): 2 April 2019 (Woodbridge, Suffolk)

The Union Customs Code (UCC) affects the way many companies involved in international trade do business. Changes introduced in May 2016 include mandatory guarantees and the requirement for all businesses that apply to use customs regimes or special procedures meet the AEO criteria. This Suffolk Chamber of Commerce course aims to give participants an understanding of AEO status, its financial and supply chain benefits, and the important place it has in the UCC.

For details see the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce website.

Customs Valuation: 3 April 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Import Processes, Compliance and Documents: 4 April 2019 (Durham)

Presented by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, this course is designed to improve delegates knowledge of the commercial and contractual issues involved in importing goods into the UK, and give them an understanding of the customs compliance responsibilities of importers.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Origin & Preference — Gaining the Benefits: 4 April 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Specialist Customs Procedures: 5 April 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Authorised Economic Operator (AEO): 9 April 2019 (Durham)

The Union Customs Code (UCC) affects the way many companies involved in international trade do business. Changes introduced in May 2016 include mandatory guarantees and the requirement for all businesses that apply to use customs regimes or special procedures meet the AEO criteria. This North East England Chamber of Commerce course is aimed at those who already have a basic understanding of AEO status and wish to take the next step towards completing the self-assessment questionnaire and submitting their application to HMRC.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Customs Classification and Tariff Codes: 9 April 2019 (Manchester)

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.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 9 April 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.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 10 April 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.

Documentary Letters of Credit & Methods of Payment: 10 April 2019 (Huddersfield)

Presented by MY Export Hub, this course is split into two parts. The morning session will consider Documentary Letters of Credit (L/Cs) 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 the MY Export Hub website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 16 April 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.

Introduction to Exporting: 17 April 2019 (London)

Covering all the basic aspects of exporting, this Institute of Export course is designed for people who may be new to exporting as well as experienced business people wishing to keep up with industry updates. Live online examples will be used to explain export procedures and how to complete export documentation.

For details see the IOE website.

Introduction to Importing: 17 April 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.

Advanced Exporting: 18 April 2019 (London)

The objective of this Institute of Export course is to examine the many aspects of international documentation, the reasoning behind the requirements and how the documentation should be completed and presented. It also aims to provide participants with the knowledge required to operate an effective and compliant export documentation process.

For details see the IOE website.

Advanced Importing: 18 April 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.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 18 April 2019 (Belfast)

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.

Import Procedures: 23 April 2019 (Manchester)

Aimed at people working in purchasing, import administration, finance, shipping administration or customer services, this morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will address key elements of import procedures.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 24 April 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.

Introduction to Exporting: 24 April 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.

Understanding Exporting & Incoterms® Workshop: 24 April 2019 (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 the Chamber International website.

Achieving Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status: 25 April 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.

Advanced Exporting: 25 April 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.

Effective Incoterms®: 25 April 2019 (London)

This morning-only 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.

Post-Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 25 April 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.

Foundation Course in Importing: 26 April 2019 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

The Sussex Chamber of Commerce states that this course will be of interest to those from large and small businesses who have responsibility for purchasing from abroad, inward freight, customer services, customs clearance or finance. It should be suitable both for those with no prior experience and for those interested in recent developments.

For details see the Sussex Chamber of Commerce website.

Brexit and Beyond Workshop: 30 April 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 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 Import: 30 April 2019 (London)

Presented by Morley Consulting, this practical course examines the varied and interrelated elements involved in successful importing. It is suitable both for small businesses just starting to import and multinationals seeking to understand and improve their supply chain. Participants will learn how to avoid delays in customs, unexpected costs and fines by making imports as simple, painless and cost efficient as possible. They will also gain an awareness of the key elements involved in importing goods, along with an understanding of the impact that different choices in the operation of the supply chain will make to cost, timescales and efficiency.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

International Customer Service: 30 April 2019 (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 the IOE website.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 30 April 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.

May

Understanding Exporting & Incoterms® Workshop: 1 May 2019 (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 the Chamber International website.

How to Claim Duty Relief on Import and Export Processes: 3 May 2019 (Manchester)

Duty relief schemes allow less or no duty to be paid on imports and exports from and to non-EU countries. This morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber will consider both Inward Processing Relief (IPR; where goods are imported from outside the EU, processed within the EU and then re-exported outside the EU) and Outward Processing Relief (OPR; where goods are exported to a country outside the EU for repair or processing and brought back to the EU).

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

AEO Certified Practitioner: 4–7 May 2019 (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 the Morley Consulting website.

Achieving AEO Status: 8 May 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.

Classification of Goods Using Commodity & Tariff Codes: 8 May 2019 (Burgess Hill)

This morning-only seminar from the Sussex Chamber of Commerce will consider the terminology used and the structure of the Harmonised System, Commodity and Tariff codes. It will examine the General Interpretative Rules used for classification and the tools and resources available to assist in establishing the most appropriate code. The course will also look briefly at the international trade procedures related to tariff and commodity codes, and highlight the necessity and benefits of using the most appropriate codes.

For details see the Sussex Chamber of Commerce website.

Gain Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Status for Your Business: 8 May 2019 (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 the MY Export Hub website.

Letters of Credit: 8 May 2019 (Belfast)

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.

China Business Clinics — Food & Drink Sector: 9 May 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 Procedures and Documentation: 9 May 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: 9 May 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.

Trading Across Post-Brexit Borders: 9 May 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.

Becoming an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO): 10 May 2019 (Burgess Hill, Sussex)

Presented by Sussex Chamber of Commerce, this morning-only 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.

ISAE 3402 & SSAE 16: 10 May 2019 (London)

The International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) No. 3402 and Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16 will be of special interest to organisations trading with US clients. These two related standards are said by Morley Consulting to be often vital to the success of organisations acting as third-party/outsource providers for multinational clients and this practical course aims to lead delegates through the standards and their requirements.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

An Introduction to Export Operations: 13 May 2019 (Burgess Hill)

This entry-level course is said to be suitable both for those new to exporting and for those with some experience who need to update their knowledge. The Sussex Chamber of Commerce says it will address issues relevant to field and office-based sales and purchasing staff, shipping and despatch personnel, accounts and finance staff, those in customer services and freight forwarders.

For details see the Sussex Chamber of Commerce website.

Agents & Distributors: 14 May 2019 (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 the MY Export Hub website.

Introduction to Exporting: 14 May 2019 (Belfast)

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.

Introduction to Importing: 14 May 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.

Trade Commodity Codes: 14 May 2019 (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 the MY Export Hub website.

Advanced Importing: 15 May 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.

China Without Fear — Workshop for British Exporters: 15 May 2019 (London)

Those attending this Institute of Export course can expect to learn about the intricacies of doing business in China which, despite its challenges, can be an extremely lucrative long-term investment for British businesses.

For details see the IOE website.

Export Processes, Compliance and Documents Course: 15 May 2019 (Durham)

Presented by the North East England Chamber of Commerce, this course aims to increase delegates’ understanding of the key aspects of the export process and to explain both the forms involved, and exporters’ statutory obligations and responsibilities.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Introduction to Exporting: 15 May 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.

Beginners Export Course: 16 May 2019 (Huddersfield)

This course is said to be suitable both for those new to their role and for exporters who have not had any formal training. Presented by MY Export Hub, it will provide businesses currently only moving goods within the EU an opportunity to understand basic post-Brexit export processes and documentation requirements.

For details see the MY Export Hub website.

Advanced Exporting: 16 May 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.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 16 May 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.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 16 May 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.

Introduction to Importing: 21 May 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.

International Business Training: Export Documents: 21 May 2019 (London)

This course from the London Chamber of Commerce & Industry aims to explain the key requirements when shipping products globally. It is said to be suitable for all who need to understand the documentation and for staff actively engaged in the movement of goods (such as supervisors, accounts and warehouse staff).

For details see www.ticketsource.co.uk.

Introduction to Export Controls and Licences: 21 May 2019 (Manchester)

Presented by the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, this morning-only course offers a basic introduction to the UK Export Controls, MoD Form 680 and an overview of the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). It gives an overview of each regulation, their relationships, their impact on businesses and how they are best managed within a company.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

UK & US Export Controls: A Basic Understanding: 21 May 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export course aims to provide delegates with a basic understanding of UK Export Controls and the implications of non-compliance. It also reviews the US Export Controls, International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which may be imposed on UK companies.

For details see the IOE website.

Advanced Exporting: 22 May 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.

Advanced Importing: 22 May 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.

E-Z Cert: How to Process Your Export Documentation Online: 22 May 2019 (Manchester)

The E-Z Cert system offers exporters a quick and easy way to process their export documentation directly online. This morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce will cover a range of issues, including: user registration and setting up a company account; administrator management of E-Z Cert accounts; uploading signatures; submitting applications and printing documents onto preprinted stationery.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

Understanding Exporting and Export Documentation: 22 May 2019 (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 (eg Middle East, Hazardous Goods, Textiles).

For details see the MY Export Hub website.

Achieving Successful Customs Audits: 23 May 2019 (London)

Customs audits are often viewed with fear and trepidation, but there is no reason for this to be the case. Audits should be viewed as helpful reviews which will confirm good practice and highlight areas for improvement. This practical course from Morley Consulting is designed for those new to the responsibility for customs audits and for those seeking to improve their company’s performance in this area.

The course focuses on practical and pragmatic actions that can be taken to ensure a successful, helpful and positive outcome for all concerned. The purpose, operation, benefits and opportunities of the audit process will be discussed with clear examples of good practice.

For details see the Morley Consulting website.

Customs Compliance, Processes and Documents Course: 23 May 2019 (Durham)

This North East England Chamber of Commerce course is designed to increase delegates’ understanding of customs procedures for both import and exports. Explaining obligations and responsibilities to HMRC, it is described as being essential for companies due for, or that have recently had, a customs audit.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Understanding Tariff Codes: 24 May 2019 (Manchester)

Presented by the Greater Manchester Chamber, this morning-only course will cover the key elements of the Tariff/Commodity codes and highlight the commercial implications of their correct use.

For details see the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce website.

Customs Classification and Tariff Codes: 28 May 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.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 29 May 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.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 30 May 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.

International Payment Methods, Letters of Credit Course: 30 May 2019 (Durham)

This course from the North East England Chamber of Commerce is intended to give delegates essential practical guidance to ensure that they are paid for their exports under a letter of credit on first presentation of documents — and the confidence to talk to the banks effectively. It will also consider the other main methods of payment used in international trade.

For details see the Eventbrite website.

Post-Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 30 May 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.

June

Introduction to Exporting: 5 June 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.

Introduction to Importing: 5 June 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.

Advanced Exporting: 6 June 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.

Advanced Importing: 6 June 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.

China Business Clinics — Food & Drink Sector: 6 June 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.

Post-Brexit Planning Workshop: 6 June 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.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 6 June 2019 (Bridgend)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 6 June 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 7 June 2019 (Warrington)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 11 June 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.

Introduction to Exporting: 11 June 2019 (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 the IOE website.

Introduction to Importing: 12 June 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.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 12 June 2019 (Edinburgh)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Advanced Importing: 13 June 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.

Import Practice and Procedures: 13 June 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.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 14 June 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Introduction to Exporting: 18 June 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.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 18 June 2019 (Warrington)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Advanced Exporting: 19 June 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.

Export Practice and Procedures: 19 June 2019 (Manchester)

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

For details see the UK Training website.

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 20 June 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: 20 June 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.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 20 June 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Certificate of Customs Competency: 24–28 June 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.

Customs in Action — Practical Compliance: 24 June 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.

Introduction to Export Licensing Controls: 25 June 2019 (London)

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.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 25 June 2019 (Bristol)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Step by Step Guidance on Completing Customs Declarations: 25 June 2019 (London)

This Institute of Export course will help attendees: understand how to compile a basic import/export entry; know where to seek additional information; feel more confident in their level of knowledge; know what additional training and/or resources they may need and reduce mistakes, thereby saving time and money.

For details see the IOE website.

Customs Valuation: 26 June 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.

Import Practice and Procedures: 26 June 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.

Letters of Credit: 26 June 2019 (London)

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.

Origin & Preference — Gaining the Benefits: 27 June 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.

Specialist Customs Procedures: 28 June 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.

Trade Missions

April

EU-Indonesia Business Network Healthcare Mission to Indonesia: 7–10 April 2019 (Jakarta, Indonesia)

Organised by the EU-Indonesia Business Network, this mission will include individual business meetings, a market information event and discussions with hospital representatives. It is aimed at product and service providers along the entire value chain, from planning a new hospital to equipping it with medical devices.

For details see the UK-ASEAN Business Council website.

May

Northern Powerhouse Trade Mission to Offshore Technology Conference: 6–9 May 2019 (Houston, USA)

A Northern Powerhouse delegation will visit the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) — one of the industry’s largest equipment exhibitions. Participants — who must be from the Northern Powerhouse Region — will have access to the UK Pavilion lounge and meeting space, and will be able to participate in a meet the buyer event.

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

MIBP Trade Mission to China: 19–24 May 2019 (Shanghai and Shenzhen, China)

This event offers London-based creative companies the chance to better understand how to approach and work with Chinese organisations. The mission will comprise face-to-face meetings, roundtables, networking events and site visits.

For details see the CBBC website.

Outward Mission to World Content Market: 28–30 May 2019 (Moscow)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites UK companies offering television content to participate in the UK pavilion at the World Content Market — Russia’s largest television industry trade fair. DIT Russia will cover the cost of exhibition space at the trade show and is also offering a meeting table in the UK-branded exhibition area, individual meetings and access to the trade show contacts database.

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

June

China International Environmental Protection Exhibition and Conference: 12 June 2019 (Beijing)

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is leading a trade mission to this event, which in 2018 attracted some 60,000 visitors from over 20 countries and regions. Among the fields covered at this year’s exhibition are technology and equipment for the control of: water pollution, air pollution, solid waste disposal, and noise and vibration. Delegates will receive a country briefing, the opportunity to engage with sector experts in China, pre-arranged meetings with relevant companies and an exhibition stand or indoor space.

For details see the CBBC website.

Trade Shows

April

International Franchise Show: 5–6 April 2019 (London)

This event will feature more than 160 exhibitors, 80 seminars, individual advice sessions, interactive features and expert guidance. Franchise brands from around the world will be represented and seminars will cover everything from the logistics and legalities of buying a franchise to finding out how to franchise an existing business.

For details see www.thefranchiseshow.co.uk.

Natural & Organic Products Europe: 7–8 April 2019 (London)

Europe’s leading trade show for the natural & organic food, drink, health, beauty and wellbeing sectors brings together trade buyers and over 700 leading suppliers.

For details see www.naturalproducts.co.uk.

May

European Coffee, Tea & Soft Drinks Expo: 21–22 May 2019 (London)

This event focuses entirely on the beverage sector and its associated equipment and accessories. Visitors will have the chance to meet buyers and sellers, and to network with major corporate buyers from restaurants, pubs, hotels, fast food outlets, contract caterers and supermarkets. There will also be an associated conference programme.

For details see www.european-coffee-tea-soft-drinks-expo.com.

June

Infosecurity Europe: 4–6 June 2019 (London)

This event will feature over 400 exhibitors, presenting a diverse range of new products and services, plus 240 different seminars. Speakers will include information security thought leaders from public and private sector end-users, policymakers, government analysts, industry experts, service providers and vendors.

For details see www.infosecurityeurope.com.

TechXLR8 [technology]: 12–13 June 2019 (London)

This event comprises seven separate elements: The AI Summit, Blockchain for Business, IoT World Europe, Cloud & DevOps World, Startup Elevate and AR & VR World. Some 15,000 people are expected to attend, including industry leaders and representatives of iconic brands and innovative products.

For details see the TechXLR8 website.

Multimodal: 18–20 June 2019 (Birmingham)

Describing itself as the UK and Ireland’s premier freight transport, logistics and supply chain management event, Multimodal is now in its 12th year. Some 300 exhibitors will be offering the latest logistics and supply chain solutions covering all aspects of logistics from equipment supplier, port, haulier, shipping line, to 3PL and forwarders. The seminar programme will highlight a wide range of topics, including patterns of global trade, disruption technologies and the impact of Brexit.

For details see the Multimodal website.

Last reviewed 25 March 2019