Last reviewed 16 October 2020

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

Coronavirus/Covid-19

When this list was compiled in mid-October, all the events included were scheduled to go ahead either online or face-to-face.

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

Seminars and Workshops

November

Northern Ireland Trade and VAT after Brexit: 3 November 2020 (online)

The current transition period governing the trading relationship between the UK and the EU will end on 21 December 2020. After that date, businesses that move goods in, out or through Northern Ireland will need to comply with new rules on customs declarations, tax and VAT. This online course from UK Training will explain which goods are affected by the new customs rules and how VAT should be accounted for when dual status comes into force. It will also illustrate what firms must do when moving goods through Northern Ireland to the Irish Republic or another EU member state.

For details see: http://www.uktraining.com/training/northern-ireland-trade-and-vat-after-brexit/132/online

Export Practice and Procedures: 11 November 2020 (Birmingham)

Provided by UK Training, this course provides a complete overview of the export process from the first enquiry to final arrival of the goods, and suggests some “best practice”. It will explain export terminology, consider the exporter’s compliance obligations and detail the necessary documentation as well as exploring the possible implications of Brexit.

For details see: http://www.uktraining.com/training/export-procedures-and-controls/79/classroom

Import Practice and Procedures: 12 November 2020 (London)

This course claims to offer those involved in importing a comprehensive understanding of the subject. Provided by UK Training, it examines the essentials of importing and considers more advanced issues, such as customs processes, documentation, and the costs and risks involved.

For details see: http://www.uktraining.com/training/import-procedures-and-controls/78/classroom

Export Practice and Procedures: 13 November 2020 (London)

Provided by UK Training, this course provides a complete overview of the export process from the first enquiry to final arrival of the goods, and suggests some “best practice”. It will explain export terminology, consider the exporter’s compliance obligations and detail the necessary documentation as well as exploring the possible implications of Brexit.

For details see: http://www.uktraining.com/training/export-procedures-and-controls/79/classroom

Import Procedures: 13 November 2020 (Manchester)

This morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber will cover a combination of documents and procedures and explain the content and the benefits of being aware of them. The course is suitable for companies new to importing and for established exporters needing to update their current procedures.

For details see: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/member-events/import-procedures-november-2020/

Understanding AEO: 17-18 November 2020 (London)

According to Morley Consulting, this course aims to give participants a full understanding of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status and its benefits.

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

AEO Certified Practitioner: 17-20 November 2020 (four days; London)

A unique four-day course from Morley Consulting, leading to certification as an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) Certified Practitioner.

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

Brexit: Preparing for the Future: 18 November 2020 (London)

Participants on this course from UK Training can expect to learn how their commercial environment will be transformed after Brexit and how to make an informed assessment of the threats and steps that can be taken to mitigate them.

For details see: http://www.uktraining.com/training/brexit-preparing-for-the-future/127/classroom

Introduction to Exporting: 18 November 2020 (Manchester)

Presented by the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMCC), this morning-only course aims to explain what an export is and to look at how products are processed and sent overseas. It is designed both for people new to exporting and for those with experience who need to keep up with recent developments.

For details see: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/introduction-to-exporting-november-2020/

Customs in Action — Practical Compliance: 30 November 2020 (London)

This course from Morley Consulting focuses on the practical impact of customs issues, processes and controls and aims to clarify who is responsible, what those responsibilities consist of, how to spot and avoid pitfalls, and how to create benefit along the international supply chain. Delegates will gain an understanding of the important role of customs work in supply chain facilitation, in achieving competitive advantage and in providing customer service.

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

Certificate of Customs Competency: 30 November - 4 December 2020 (five days; London)

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

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

December

30 days to go - UK Border Customs Controls from 1/1/21: 1 December 2020 (online)

Offering practical information and advice on what businesses need to do in order to be prepared for the changes on 1 January 2021, this webinar from the Greater Manchester Chamber will also guide participants through the jargon and complexities of customs processes to ensure they understand what changes are required.

The deadline for registration is 24 November.

For details see: https://www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/30-days-to-go-uk-border-customs-controls-from-1121/

Countdown to Change - One Month to Brexit: 1 December 2020 (online)

Presented by North East England Chamber of Commerce, this webinar will offer practical information and advice on what businesses need to do in order to be prepared for the changes on 1 January 2021. It will also guide participants through the jargon and complexities of customs processes to ensure they understand what changes are required.

For details see: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/countdown-to-change-one-month-to-brexit-with-chambercustoms-tickets-119072580293

Customs Tariff Classification: 1 December 2020 (London)

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

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

Winning and Delivering Business Internationally - Export Support Series: 1-2 December 2020 (online)

Presented by the Department for International Trade (DIT) this virtual event will take place from 10:00-13:30 on 1 December and from 13:00-16:30 on 2 December. It aims to help participants explore the benefits of exporting and to identify and manage overseas agents and distributors by working through real-life challenges faced by SMEs, with tips on how to avoid common pitfalls and advice on how to optimise their approach.

Experts will provide insights on the legal, financial and logistical obstacles associated with exporting and how to mitigate the risks.

Participants must be London-based SMEs that have not received more than €200,000 in public funds over the last three fiscal years and must not be an ‘undertaking in difficulty’.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200210508&

2 December 2020: Customs Procedures and Documentation - Virtual Classroom (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297438&group=

Customs Valuation: 2 December 2020 (London)

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

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

Origin & Preference - Gaining the Benefits: 3 December 2020 (London)

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

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

Understanding Exporting: 3 December 2020 (Leeds)

Presented by Chamber International, this course explains international trade concepts and procedures and aims to provide delegates with a good understanding and knowledge of current best practice. Topics covered include: the impact of Brexit; customs compliance; trade agreements; contracts of sale and purchase orders; and export licences. The course is aimed at people involved with export sales, payment, documentation, dispatch and import/export activities.

For details see: http://www.chamber-international.com/events/understanding-exporting-workshop-dec-2020-leeds/

Excise Duties and Procedures: 4 December 2020 (online)

Offered by the Institute of Export, this course is aimed both at those new to working with excise products and those wishing to improve their knowledge. Topics covered include: the international and the UK customs and excise environments; import and export processes; customs and excise taxes; complying with excise import regulations; and the origin and valuation of excise goods.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1420292&group=

Specialist Customs Procedures: 4 December 2020 (London)

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

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

Inward Processing Relief: 7 December 2020 (online)

This morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will examine the principles and terminology of Inward Processing Relief (IPR) and consider some of the options available within it. Processes permitted under IPR include manufacturing, sorting and packing, repair and refurbishment. The course will also explain the situation post-Brexit concerning ‘customs easement’ for traders wishing to exceed the three qualifying imports allowed under the Union Customs Code (UCC).

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/inward-processing-relief-virtual-training

Incoterms® 2020: 7 December 2020 (online)

This afternoon course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will consider the general features of the Incoterms® Rules and examine each of them in detail. It is said to be suitable both for those with no prior knowledge and for those seeking to update their understanding.

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/incotermsandreg-2020-virtual-training

Introduction to Importing: 8 December 2020 (online)

This Institute of Export course offers practical guidance to prospective and existing importers by considering the basic procedures, terminology and documentation involved in importing. It will give an overview of the entire importing process including supplier selection, evaluation of risks, supply chain, terms of delivery, methods of payment, selection of clearing agent, duty and excise, and the role of UK customs.

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297673&group=

Advanced Importing: 9 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1316183&group=

Introduction to Exporting: 9 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297390&group=

Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreements & Export Preference: 9 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297020&group=

Enhance Your Sales Tools - Export Support Series: 9-10 December 2020 (online)

This virtual master class from the Department for International Trade (DIT) will take place from 13:00-16:30 on both 9 and 10 December. It will provide expert advice to help businesses sell, pitch and influence in a virtual environment. Participants will find out how to refocus their value proposition to build new sales opportunities and how to shift their delivery method, communication and tone. The speaker will explore strategies to generate leads and convert sales opportunities in a cost-effective way to drive business growth.

Participants must be London-based SMEs that have not received more than €200,000 in public funds over the last three fiscal years and must not be an ‘undertaking in difficulty’.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200210501&

Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance: 10 December 2020 (online)

Once the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December 2020, there will be a significant increase in the paperwork and compliance obligations that UK businesses must meet in order to continue to sell into these EU markets (especially if there is no deal). Focusing on the potential changes in export documentation that Brexit might bring, this Institute of Export course will include: an explanation of key import and export documentation; an understanding of UK customs procedures; documents that can be used as proof of export from the UK; certificates of origin; and the benefits of being an Authorised Economic Operator (AEO).

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297634&group=

Introduction to Export Licensing Controls: 14 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297138&group=

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 15 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297429&group=

Introduction to Exporting: 15 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297946&group=

Advanced Exporting: 16 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297570&group=

Customs Procedures and Documentation: 16 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297412&group=

INCOTERMS® 2020: 16 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1307637&group=

Step by Step guidance on completing Customs Declarations: 16 December 2020 (online)

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

For details see: https://www.export.org.uk/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1297870&group=

January

Export Documentation: 12 January 2021 (Leeds)

This practical Chamber International course offers a detailed look at export documents and why and when they are needed. Among other issues, the course considers: proforma invoices; export invoices; movement certificates (EUR1, ATR); export licences; and bills of lading.

For details see: http://www.chamber-international.com/events/export-documentation-jan-2021-leeds-/

How to Export to the EU: 12 January 2021 (London)

From 1 January 2021, new rules will apply to every movement of goods between the EU and the UK. Presented by Morley Consulting, this morning-only course will tell delegates what the new rules are on 1 January, 1 April and 1 July 2021 and what that means for them in practical terms. Morley Consulting point out that, even if the UK signs a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU, changes will still happen; there is not a “no change” option.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/how-to-export-to-the-eu.html

How to Import from the EU: 12 January 2021 (London)

Presented by Morley Consulting, this morning-only course will tell delegates what the new rules concerning movement of goods between the EU and the UK are on 1 January, 1 April and 1 July 2021 – and what that means for them in practical terms. Morley Consulting point out that, even if the UK signs a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the EU, changes will still happen; there is not a “no change” option.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/how-to-import-to-the-eu.html

Trading with Northern Ireland: 13 January 2021 (London)

From 1 January 2021, new rules will apply to every movement of goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. This morning-only course from Morley Consulting will lead delegates through the HMRC new regulations from both the GB and the Northern Ireland perspective.

For details see: https://www.morley-consulting.co.uk/trading-with-northern-ireland.html

Certificate of Customs Competency: 25-29 January 2020 (five days; London)

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

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

Customs in Action - Practical Compliance: 25 January 2020 (London)

This course from Morley Consulting focuses on the practical impact of customs issues, processes and controls and aims to clarify who is responsible, what those responsibilities consist of, how to spot and avoid pitfalls, and how to create benefit along the international supply chain. Delegates will gain an understanding of the important role of customs work in supply chain facilitation, in achieving competitive advantage and in providing customer service.

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

Customs Tariff Classification: 26 January 2021 (London)

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

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

Incoterms 2020: 26 January 2021 (online)

This morning course from Chamber International will provide a comprehensive overview of the new 2020 Incoterms and highlight changes from the 2010 version. It is designed for companies who export and import goods from both EU and non-EU markets and the content will be applicable for all post-Brexit scenarios.

For details see: http://www.chamber-international.com/events/incoterms-2020-jan-2021/

Customs Valuation: 27 January 2021 (London)

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

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

Origin & Preference - Gaining the Benefits: 28 January 2021 (London)

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

For details see:

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

Specialist Customs Procedures: 29 January 2021 (London)

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

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

Trade Missions

November

Midlands Engine Mission to Gulfood 2021: November 2020 (online) and 21-25 February 2021 (Dubai, UAE)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites food and drink producers from the Midlands Engine region to participate in this two-part mission to prepare for and to visit Gulfood - the world’s largest food event. This virtual meet the buyer event is an opportunity for businesses wanting to grow their sales in the following product categories: premium grocery; health and wellness; free from; and fortified products. The initiative comprises a virtual mission during November 2020 and (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) a visit to the Gulfood Exhibition itself from 21-25 February 2021.

For details see: http://www.events.great.gov.uk/200209784

Northern Powerhouse Mission to Gulfood: 2-12 November 2020 (online) and 21-25 February 2021 (Dubai, UAE)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) invites food and drink producers from across the Northern Powerhouse region to join this two-part mission to prepare for and to visit Gulfood - the world’s largest food event. The initiative comprises a virtual mission from 2-12 November 2020 and (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) a visit to the Gulfood Exhibition itself from 21-25 February 2021.

For details see: http://www.events.great.gov.uk/200208219

Trade shows

November

Hong Kong Fintech Week: 2-6 November 2020 (online)

This event attracts thousands of fintech entrepreneurs, investors, regulators and visionaries from over 60 economies. This year, the online event will feature: 80+ hours of livestream content; an AI Matchmaking App; virtual exhibition; networking via video call; plus workshops and demonstrations.

For details see: https://www.fintechweek.hk/

Food & Hotel China: 10-12 November 2020 (Shanghai)

For the past 24 years, Food & Hotel China (FHC) has grown to become the leading tradeshow for international companies looking to introduce their food and drink products into the Chinese market.

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is organising a visit to the event for British businesses to meet Chinese buyers and to gain market insights from industry specialists.

For details see: http://www.cbbc.org/events/2020/november/fhc-shanghai-cbbc-business-programme-2020/

Midlands Engine Market Visit to Medica: 16 November 2020 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Companies in the Midlands Engine region are invited to register their interest in joining this market visit to Medica 2020, the world’s largest medical technology and life sciences exhibition.

For details see: http://www.events.great.gov.uk/200209560

Going Global Live: 18-19 November 2020 (London)

Described as “the number one show in Europe for businesses that are looking to expand internationally, export products or set up overseas operations”, Going Global Live aims to provide businesses with everything they need to know about trading in some of the world’s most lucrative cities, countries and regions.

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

December

WindEnergy Hamburg: 1-4 December 2020 (Hamburg, Germany)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) will be hosting individual meetings and a speakers’ forum at the UK Pavilion during WindEnergy Hamburg, an international offshore wind conference and exhibition. The event offers opportunities to build business relationships and links with international developers, procurement leads, and investors from the industry.

For details see: https://www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200208882&

January

BETT [education technology]: 20-22 January 2021 (London)

BETT “celebrates education and inspires future discussions as together we discover how technology and innovation enable educators and learners to thrive.”

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