Last reviewed 24 August 2021

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

Coronavirus/Covid-19

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

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

Meetings and Networking

September

Business Opportunities in the ADB — Education & Healthcare: 8 September 2021 (online)

Presented by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department for International Trade and UK-ASEAN, this brief (08:15–10:15) Business Opportunities Forum will provide insights into doing business with the ADB and navigating procurement processes, with a focus on the key sectors of education and health.

For details see: www.britishexpertise.org/product/business-opportunities-in-the-adb-education-healthcare.

Business Opportunities in the ADB — Transport & Energy: 15 September 2021 (online)

In this second brief (08:15–10:15) British Expertise Business Opportunities Forum with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Department for International Trade and UK-ASEAN, experts will share insights on doing business with the ADB and navigating procurement processes, with a focus on the key sectors of transport and energy.

For details see: www.britishexpertise.org/product/business-opportunities-in-the-adb-transport-energy-and-covid19.

Doing Business with the Caribbean Development Bank — Education & Social Sector: 29 September 2021 (online)

Organised by British Expertise, this brief (14.00–15.30) event will see experts on Education Trade Facilitation, Regional Integration & Covid Response share their insights on doing business with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) including how to navigate procurement processes.

For details see: www.britishexpertise.org/product/doing-business-with-the-caribbean-development-bank-education-social-sector.

October

Opportunities and Funding for Education-based Projects in Africa: a CDC view: 7 October 2021 (online)

The CDC Group is the UK’s development finance institution. Participants in this brief (11.00–12.30) British Expertise event will receive an overview of CDC’s structure and funding model and learn of opportunities in the education sector in Africa.

For details see: www.britishexpertise.org/product/opportunities-and-funding-for-education-based-projects-in-africa-a-cdc-view.

Opportunities for Welsh Digital Tech Companies in NRW, Germany: 13 October 2021 (online)

The Welsh Government is hosting this webinar to support Welsh-based digital technology companies to explore new opportunities in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany.

The event will be held between 9.00–10.00 and is open to all Welsh businesses with international growth ambitions. It is not for intermediaries or suppliers of international trade services.

For details see: https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/opportunities-for-welsh-digital-tech-companies-in-nrw-germany/.

UK-Austria EdTech Event: Digital Solutions for the New Normal: 20 October 2021 (online)

Partly organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT), this event will explore the impact of Covid-19 on education and how schools and teachers are adapting to the new normal. It will also look at trends in the EdTech industry and at innovative products and services.

For details see: www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200226598&.

November

China Food & Drink Forum: 8 November 2021 (online)

At this morning roundtable session, speakers will share the latest insights on China’s food and drink market, plus some of the key sub-sector opportunities for British exporters. Experienced importers will be invited to share tips on how they select brands and what they think will sell in China. The session will also include a presentation on how to communicate effectively with a target audience in China. This event is part of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) Food and Drink Week at Food and Hotel China.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/china-food-drink-forum

Doing Business with USAID — Changes & Priorities during the Biden Administration: 25 November 2021 (London)

Held from 10.00–11.30, this British Expertise event will discuss how participants can enter the USAID market and share best practices for starting and growing business with USAID.

For details see: www.britishexpertise.org/product/doing-business-with-usaid-changes-priorities-during-the-biden-administration.

Seminars and Workshops

September

Customs procedures and International documentation: 1 September 2021 (online)

This MY Export Hub course is said to be suitable both for those currently working in an export environment and wanting to expand their knowledge of export/customs procedures and compliance requirements, and for those wanting a refresher. The course covers: organisations involved in international trade; export rules; Intrastat; international documentation; proof of export; Rules of Origin; and Customs compliance including the role of HMRC.

For details see: www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/4470-customs-procedures-and-international-documentation.

UK Certificate of Origin Step-by-Step: 2 September 2021 (online)

Presented by Greater Manchester Chamber, this morning-only course will examine the UK Certificate of Origin, highlighting common completion errors and clarifying the correct information to be entered.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/uk-certificate-of-origin-step-by-step-workshop-september/.

Export Documentation: 7 September 2021 (online)

This Suffolk Chamber course looks at export documents, why they are used, what content is required and the benefits they offer. It is said to be suitable for all levels of exporters as the information can be used both operationally and commercially.

For details see: /www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/export-documentation---online-training-course---bcc-accredited-20210914.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Export Documentation: 7 September 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning-only course from Sussex Chamber covers the principles and current industry practices required to ensure that participants will be able to process documents properly.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-export-documentation-3425.

Exporting and Importing with the EU: 8 September 2021 (online)

This morning course from Greater Manchester Chamber will explain how to export and import with the EU post-Brexit, and what processes are now required when sending or receiving goods from/to the Customs Union. It is aimed at those who want a better understanding of the new trading relationship with the EU.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/exporting-and-importing-with-the-eu-september-2021/.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Understanding Exporting: 8 September 2021 (online)

Those joining this morning course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will receive an introduction to exporting, including sales and purchase orders, Incoterms, packaging, commodity codes and general compliance issues.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-understanding-exporting-3415.

UK VAT and International Trade: 8–9 September 2021 (online)

Applying the international VAT rules is not straightforward and mistakes can lead to costly delays. This course from UK Training explains how a UK organisation should apply the rules and account for VAT on cross border supplies of goods and services and will illustrate how Brexit has affected these rules in 2021. For goods, the course covers zero rating exports and evidence requirements, import VAT, how to apply postponed VAT accounting and the Import One Stop Shop. For services, it covers how to determine the place of supply, the general rules, how and when to apply the reverse charge and exceptions to the general rules.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-uk-vat-and-international-trade/46/classroom.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Methods of Payment: 9 September 2021 (online)

This introductory-level course from Sussex Chamber covers the five main types of payment for international trade, including the documents required, security, and changes from January 2021.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-methods-of-payment-3430.

Tariff Free Trade — Global Britain Explained: 9 September 2021 (online)

Organised by the British Chambers of Commerce, this brief event (11.00–12.00) aims to help businesses understand what the UK’s trade agreements with 80+ countries might mean for their international trade plans.

For details see: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__11AZhJ7Tp6UnWxuez7OFw.

Importing Food and Drink From the EU: 14 September 2021 (online)

Following Brexit, major change will be phased in from 1 October 2021 regarding EU imports. Previously not checked, they will be subject to the same rigorous safety checks and regulations as products from the rest of the world destined for supermarket shelves, wholesalers, restaurants and food manufacturers. This morning workshop from Chamber International will help participants prepare for checks on EU food imports, including pre-notification for products of animal origin, and requirements for high-risk food and animal feeds not of animal origin, and

For details see: www.chamber-international.com/events/importing-food-and-drink-from-the-eu-online-workshop-august-2021/.

Success at a Distance: Make China Work for you from the UK - part 1: 14 September 2021 (online)

The Chinese market presents an enormous opportunity for UK companies looking to diversify their international business activities, through cross-border e-commerce, establishing operations in-market, sourcing goods from China, or working with Chinese export and import agents. Running from 09.00–10.00, this China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) event will discuss how to set up, run and exit a successful business in China from Europe.

Sessions in the seven-part programme will cover:

  • how to set up, run and exit a successful business in China from Europe

  • building brand awareness through digital marketing channels

  • assessing if you have the financial resources to go into China

  • ensuring you get paid from China, and the importance of this consideration

  • how to use E-commerce as a first step into China

  • creating legally enforceable agreements

  • sourcing products and managing quality control remotely.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/success-distance-make-china-work-you-uk-part-1.

Boost Your Online Reach with Website Optimisation: 15 September 2021 (online)

By giving participants insights and tools to build an effective online strategy, this Department for International Trade (DIT) event will help them reach more customers and increase conversions rates. Industry experts will show how to adapt to evolving buying habits with tactics, platforms and tools to optimise websites and improve customer experience.

Participating businesses must: be small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), based in London and registered in the UK.

For details see: www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200222537&.

China Business Clinics: 15 September 2021 (online)

Intended both for those new to China and for experienced exporters, these free 30-minute digital business clinics from China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will give participants the opportunity to discuss their plans with an experienced China market adviser. Topics covered in the clinics will include key business issues such as market access, regulation, IP protection, setting up and finding Chinese business partners.

Slots must be booked in advance.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/china-business-clinics.

Introduction to Exporting: 16 September 2021 (online)

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: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/introduction-to-exporting-september-2021/.

Understanding Tariff Codes: 17 September 2021 (online)

Presented by Greater Manchester Chamber, this morning-only training course covers key elements of the Tariff/Commodity Code, highlighting the commercial implications of correct use of the Code.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/understanding-tariff-codes-september-2021/.

Understanding Export: 20 September 2021 (online)

Presented by Sussex Chamber of Commerce, this morning-only seminar offers an introduction to the terminology and procedures used in the exporting process and examine the responsibilities and obligations of all parties. It also includes a brief summary of Incoterms® 2020.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/understanding-export-virtual-training-3557.

Brexit: EU Imports & Exports in 2021: 21 September 2021 (online)

Running from 10.00–13.00, this webinar from UK Training will introduce the key changes resulting from Brexit and detail the various options available to organisations involved in EU imports and exports. Topics covered will include: the new EU trading relationship; customs declarations; customs duties and how to establish origin; postponed VAT accounting; and export zero rating.

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

Foundation Award in International Trade — Import Procedures: 21 September 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning course from Sussex Chamber is aimed at those involved in the import of goods. It will cover import documentation and procedures, commercial considerations, purchase orders, calculating VAT and duty, and how to reduce import customs clearance delays.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-import-procedures-3439.

Preferential Rules of Origin: 21 September 2021 (online)

This Rules of Origin training course from Suffolk Chamber aims to provide delegates with a thorough understanding of the rules which govern origin, thereby ensuring that their goods are neither detained nor delayed at Customs borders.

For details see: www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/preference-rules-of-origin---training-course---bcc-accredited.

Success at a Distance: Make China Work for you from the UK — part 2: 21 September 2021 (online)

The Chinese market presents an enormous opportunity for UK companies looking to diversify their international business activities, through cross-border e-commerce, establishing operations in-market, sourcing goods from China, or working with Chinese export and import agents. Running from 09.00–10.00, this China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) event will discuss marketing on Chinese digital media.

Sessions in the seven-part programme will cover:

  • how to set up, run and exit a successful business in China from Europe

  • building brand awareness through digital marketing channels

  • assessing if you have the financial resources to go into China

  • ensuring you get paid from China, and the importance of this consideration

  • how to use E-commerce as a first step into China

  • creating legally enforceable agreements

  • sourcing products and managing quality control remotely.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/success-distance-make-china-work-you-uk-part-2.

Alternative Export Finance Advice: When your bank can’t help, what are your options?: 22 September 2021 (online)

Held from 10:00–11:00, this webinar from the Welsh Government and UK Export Finance (UKEF) will provide an overview of alternative export finance for small exporters.

Participants must be Welsh businesses with international growth ambitions; intermediaries or suppliers of international trade services are not eligible.

For details see: https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/an-overview-of-ukef-alternative-finance-advice/.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Documentary Letters of Credit: 22 September 2021 (online)

Over 75% of first presentations to banks against Documentary Letters of Credit are rejected. This morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce covers the procedures required to ensure payments for goods sold on documentary credit terms, using exercises and working examples.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-documentary-letters-of-credit-3435.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Agents & Distributors: 23 September 2021 (online)

Sussex Chamber of Commerce says that this morning course is designed for sales teams, administrators and managers planning international growth through agents and distributors overseas. It covers the differences between agents and distributors, the advantages and disadvantages of each, what to consider when appointing them, and the legal implications.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-agents-and-distributors-3455.

CE Marking: 23 September 2021 (online)

Part of a series of Greater Manchester Chamber Bitesize Sessions, this event will provide an overview of post-Brexit changes in Great Britain from CE Mark to UKCA mark.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/gmcc-bitesize-session-ce-marking/.

UK VAT and International Trade: 23 September 2021 (London)

Applying the international VAT rules is not straightforward and mistakes can lead to costly delays. This course from UK Training explains how a UK organisation should apply the rules and account for VAT on cross border supplies of goods and services and will illustrate how Brexit has affected these rules in 2021. For goods, the course covers zero rating exports and evidence requirements, import VAT, how to apply postponed VAT accounting and the Import One Stop Shop. For services, it covers how to determine the place of supply, the general rules, how and when to apply the reverse charge and exceptions to the general rules.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-uk-vat-and-international-trade/46/classroom.

Inward and Outward Processing Relief: 28 September 2021 (online)

This morning course from Greater Manchester Chamber offers exporters and importers an opportunity to understand these procedures in more detail and will help participants determine whether Customs Procedures with Economic Impact (CPEI) would be beneficial to their business.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/inward-and-outward-processing-relief-september-2021/.

Success at a Distance: Make China Work for you from the UK — part 3: 28 September 2021 (online)

The Chinese market presents an enormous opportunity for UK companies looking to diversify their international business activities, through cross-border e-commerce, establishing operations in-market, sourcing goods from China, or working with Chinese export and import agents. Running from 09.00–10.00, this China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) event will discuss the financial resources required to go into China.

Sessions in the seven-part programme will cover:

  • how to set up, run and exit a successful business in China from Europe

  • building brand awareness through digital marketing channels

  • assessing if you have the financial resources to go into China

  • ensuring you get paid from China, and the importance of this consideration

  • how to use E-commerce as a first step into China

  • creating legally enforceable agreements

  • sourcing products and managing quality control remotely.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/success-distance-make-china-work-you-uk-part-3.

China Business Clinics: 29 September 2021 (online)

Intended both for those new to China and for experienced exporters, these free 30-minute digital business clinics from China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will give participants the opportunity to discuss their plans with an experienced China market adviser. Topics covered in the clinics will include key business issues such as market access, regulation, IP protection, setting up and finding Chinese business partners.

Slots must be booked in advance.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/china-business-clinics-0.

Export Hub Awareness Training: 29 September 2021 (online)

The Export Hub is a valuable resource to support businesses who currently export or are looking to export.

A free resource for businesses, the Export Hub contains information on issues such as: exploring markets; trade compliance; identifying potential clients; and shipping documentation. Organised by the Welsh Government, this brief (10:00–11:00) interactive webinar will show participants how to get the most out of the site.

Participants must be Welsh businesses with international growth ambitions; intermediaries or suppliers of international trade services are not eligible.

For details see: https://wales.business-events.org.uk/en/events/export-hub-awareness-training/

Import Procedures Including Inward Processing and Outward Processing: 30 September 2021 (online)

This MY Export Hub course is said to be suitable both for those currently working in an import environment without formal training and for those wanting a refresher.

The import procedures session covers: definition of an import and the process flow; areas to consider when making an enquiry; the purchase order; movement of goods; and import clearance, documentation, declarations and import duties.

Topics covered on the inward processing (IP) and outward processing (OP) session include: the impact of the Union Customs Code; the advantages of claiming IP and OP and the documentation required; and the impact of Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status on holders of Special Procedures authorisations.

For details see: www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/4418-import-procedures-bcc-accredited-webinar.

October

Foundation Award in International Trade — Preference Rules of Origin: 5 October 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce is aimed at those involved in the administration of international trade who need to understand rules of origin, product classification and item valuation.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-preference-rules-of-origin-3450.

Success at a Distance: Make China Work for you from the UK — part 4: 5 October 2021 (online)

The Chinese market presents an enormous opportunity for UK companies looking to diversify their international business activities, through cross-border e-commerce, establishing operations in-market, sourcing goods from China, or working with Chinese export and import agents. Running from 09.00–10.00, this China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) event will discuss handling payments from China.

Sessions in the seven-part programme will cover:

  • how to set up, run and exit a successful business in China from Europe

  • building brand awareness through digital marketing channels

  • assessing if you have the financial resources to go into China

  • ensuring you get paid from China, and the importance of this consideration

  • how to use E-commerce as a first step into China

  • creating legally enforceable agreements

  • sourcing products and managing quality control remotely.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/success-distance-make-china-work-you-uk-part-4.

Trading with Turkey: 5 October 2021 (online)

Since 1 January 202, the way UK businesses ship goods to and from Turkey is subject to new rules and processes. This morning-only course from Greater Manchester Chamber will cover the changes and show participants how to adapt to the new rules. Topics covered include: the UK-Turkey Trade Agreement; ATR Documents; Rules of Origin; Import Tariffs; and Incoterms.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/trading-with-turkey-training-course-october-2021/.

Essential Guide to Incoterms: 6 October 2021 (online)

This half-day course from UK Training looks at Incoterms and their relevance to businesses. It explains the risk and cost responsibilities of each term for both the customer and the supplier and examines the potential consequences of using a particular term in an overseas supply contract. The course will help participants avoid potential problems arising in commercial agreements between companies trading internationally.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-incoterms/80/classroom.

Export Documentation: 6 October 2021 (online)

This Suffolk Chamber course looks at export documents, why they are used, what content is required and the benefits they offer. It is said to be suitable for all levels of exporters as the information can be used both operationally and commercially.

For details see: www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/export-documentation---online-training-course---bcc-accredited-20211006.

Import Procedures: 6 October 2021 (online)

Sussex Chamber of Commerce says this morning-only course introduces the terminology and procedures used in the importing process and examines the responsibilities and obligations of all parties. Those attending can expect to learn: the difference between EU and third country supplies; the importance of the purchase order; the basics of Incoterms® 2020; customs documentation requirements; and the importance of the tariff code.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/import-procedures-virtual-training-3553.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Inward & Outward Processing: 6 October 2021 (online)

If you transport goods into and out of the UK for maintenance or other processing, then this morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce is for you! It will explain HMRC regimes that enable cost savings and will help participants understand the advantages of claiming Inward processing relief and Outward Processing Relief (IPR and OPR), how commodity codes help, the documentation required, and whether Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status might be helpful.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-inward-and-outward-processing-3460.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Incoterms®: 7 October 2021 (online)

Presented by Sussex Chamber of Commerce, this morning-only course provides an introduction to Incoterms® and their importance in international trade. The impact of Incoterms® on costs and profitability will be discussed, and the definition of each Incoterm® will be covered.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-incoterms-3421.

Rules of Origin: Preferential and Non-Preferential: 8 October 2021 (online)

This morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMCC) takes a detailed look at rules of origin. It aims to provide clarity and to enable delegates to distinguish between Preference and Non-Preferential trade.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/rules-of-origin-preferential-and-non-preferential-october-2021/.

Import & Export Practice and Procedures: 12 October 2021 (Birmingham)

This course from UK Training will examine the complex customs requirements which need to be followed when importing and exporting from and to the European Union (EU) and other countries. It will cover both basic and more advanced issues and offer practical tips to help avoid problems and delays. Topics to be covered include: customs declarations, key documents, invoices, commodity codes, rules of origin, customs duties, taxes, reliefs, incoterms and supply chain risk.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/import-export-practice-and-procedures/136/classroom.

Shipping Routes 2021: 12 October 2021 (online)

This morning-only course from Greater Manchester Chamber will outline how to get goods to market by road, rail, ship or plane. It will cover transport arrangements for Great Britain (GB) to the European Union, GB to the Rest of the World and GB to Northern Ireland. It will provide a checklist of actions for each type of shipment that can be adopted and provide step-by-step guidelines.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/shipping-routes-2021-training-course-october-2021/.

Authorised Economic Operator: 13 October 2021 (online)

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

For details see: www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/authorised-economic-operator---online-training-course-20211013.

China Business Clinics: 13 October 2021 (online)

Intended both for those new to China and for experienced exporters, these free 30-minute digital business clinics from China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will give participants the opportunity to discuss their plans with an experienced China market adviser. Topics covered in the clinics will include key business issues such as market access, regulation, IP protection, setting up and finding Chinese business partners.

Slots must be booked in advance.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/china-business-clinics-1.

International Supply Chain Resilience: 13 October 2021 (online)

In this morning-only course from Greater Manchester Chamber, participants will learn what supply chain resilience is and how it can be built into their operations.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/international-supply-chain-resilience-training-course-october-2021/.

Incoterms® 2020: 14 October 2021 (online)

This morning course from MY Export Hub will provide an overview of changes between the 2010 and 2020 editions of Incoterms®. It will also provide a guide to the obligations and costs borne by both buyer and seller, including when risk passes from one to the other.

For details see: www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/4539-incoterms-2020-bcc-accredited.

Inward Processing: 18 October 2021 (online)

This morning course from Sussex Chamber will examine the principles and terminology of Inward Processing (IP), which is used to obtain relief from customs duties and import VAT on goods that are imported from outside the UK for processing. It will also look at some of the options available within IP, briefly consider Outward Processing and discuss methods of operation and compliance with Customs requirements.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/inward-processing-virtual-training-3554.

Understanding export: 18 October 2021 (online)

This course from North East England Chamber will help participants understand: what an export is; how to classify goods using tariff codes; the sales contract; and export documentation. It also touches briefly on Incoterms.

For details see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chamber-global-training-course-understanding-export-tickets-161221376477.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Customs Procedures & Documentation: 19 October 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce is aimed at anyone involved in international trade who needs to understand customs. It will cover the role of HMRC and practicalities such as goods wholly produced in the UK, use of documentation including the EUR1, free circulation, AEO, VAT responsibilities, and the impact of Incoterms®. It also provides an introduction to customs entries, classification of goods, valuation of goods on import duties, taxes and the Union Customs Code (UCC).

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-customs-procedures-and-documentation-3446.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Export Documentation: 20 October 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning-only course from Sussex Chamber covers the principles and current industry practices required to ensure that participants will be able to process documents properly.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-export-documentation-3426.

Import Procedures: 20 October 2021 (online)

Suffolk Chamber of Commerce says this course introduces the terminology and procedures used in the importing process and examines the responsibilities and obligations of all parties. Those attending can expect to learn about: import documents and procedures; what to consider before importing; the content of an import purchase order and supplier instructions; what determines how much duty and VAT is payable; what and how to check on an import declaration; and where to get help with controlled goods.

For details see: www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/import-procedures---online-training-course---bcc-accredited-20211020.

Incoterms®: 20 October 2021 (online)

Incoterms are used to determine who is responsible for the risks and costs of international trade at each step of the process and are used in contract negotiations and to draw up checklists for buys and sellers. This course from North East England Chamber is aimed both at those with no prior knowledge and those wishing to refresh their knowledge of Incoterms.

For details see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chamber-global-training-course-incoterms-tickets-157788958021.

Import & Export Practice and Procedures: 20–21 October 2021 (online)

This course from UK Training will examine the complex customs requirements which need to be followed when importing and exporting from and to the European Union (EU) and other countries. It will cover both basic and more advanced issues and offer practical tips to help avoid problems and delays. Topics to be covered include: customs declarations, key documents, invoices, commodity codes, rules of origin, customs duties, taxes, reliefs, incoterms and supply chain risk.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/import-export-practice-and-procedures/136/classroom.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Understanding Exporting: 21 October 2021 (online)

Those joining this morning course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will receive an introduction to exporting, including sales and purchase orders, Incoterms®, packaging, commodity codes and general compliance issues.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-understanding-exporting-3416.

Export documentation: 25 October 2021 (online)

This North East England Chamber course focuses on what export documents are, what is required and the benefits of best practice for exporting.

For details see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chamber-global-training-course-export-documentation-tickets-161516727881.

China Business Clinics: 27 October 2021 (online)

Intended both for those new to China and for experienced exporters, these free 30-minute digital business clinics from China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will give participants the opportunity to discuss their plans with an experienced China market adviser. Topics covered in the clinics will include key business issues such as market access, regulation, IP protection, setting up and finding Chinese business partners.

Slots must be booked in advance.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/china-business-clinics-2.

Rules of origin: 27 October 2021 (online)

Certain trade agreements allow goods to enter the market with preferential or zero duty, depending on their “origin”. This course from North East England Chamber will explain current preference and non-preference rules of origin, their implications for traders and guidance on how to establish origin.

For details see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chamber-global-training-course-rules-of-origin-tickets-157793417359.

Export Documentation: 28 October 2021 (online)

Presented by the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMCC), this course looks at export documents, why they are used, what is required and the benefits they offer. It is suitable for all levels of exporters, as the information can be used both operationally and commercially says the GMCC.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/export-documentation-october-2021/.

November

Classification of Goods — Using Commodity and Tariff Codes: 1 November 2021 (online)

Sussex Chamber of Commerce says that this morning-only course will consider the terminology used and the structure of the Harmonised System, Commodity and Tariff codes. It will examine the General Interpretative Rules that are used for classification and the tools and resources available to assist in establishing the most appropriate code. It will also consider the difference between coding systems in use in other countries and how different codes can be correlated.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/classification-of-goods-using-commodity-and-tariff-codes-virtual-training-3551.

Customs procedures: 1 November 2021 (online)

Those attending this half-day North East England Chamber of Commerce course will gain an understanding of import documentation and procedures, learn how to identify customs regimes and import controls, and determine how much VAT and duty is payable.

For details see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chamber-global-training-course-customs-procedures-tickets-157794374221.

Incoterms® 2020: 1 November 2021 (online)

Those attending this morning-only seminar from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will learn about the purpose and functions of Incoterms and the features of the 2020 version. The circumstances in which each term should be used will be explained, practical issues in using Incoterms® will be discussed, and sources of help and information will be highlighted.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/incotermsandreg-2020-virtual-training-3550.

Export Customs Procedures and Documentation: 2 November 2021 (online)

Presented by the Greater Manchester Chamber, this morning-only course is said to be suitable both for those new to international business and those with experience who want to refresh their knowledge.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/export-customs-procedures-and-documentation-november-2021/.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Methods of Payment: 2 November 2021 (online)

This introductory-level course from Sussex Chamber covers the five main types of payment for international trade, including the documents required, security, and changes from January 2021.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-methods-of-payment-3431.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Import Procedures: 3 November 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning course from Sussex Chamber is aimed at those involved in the import of goods. It will cover import documentation and procedures, commercial considerations, purchase orders, calculating VAT and duty, and how to reduce import customs clearance delays.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-import-procedures-3440.

Import procedures: 3 November 2021 (online)

Participants on this North East England Chamber of Commerce course can expect to gain an understanding of import documentation and procedures, learn how to identify customs regimes and import controls, and determine how much VAT and duty is payable.

For details see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chamber-global-training-course-import-procedures-tickets-157794689163.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Documentary Letters of Credit: 4 November 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce covers the eight main types of Letters of Credit used in international trade, including Sight Documentary Collection, Documentary Letters of Credit, and Bills of Exchange. The course is suitable for staff needing a clear understanding of the procedures required to ensure payments for goods sold on documentary credit terms. Knowledge and understanding are reinforced through the use of exercises, tips on getting the credit wanted and working examples of documentary credits.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-documentary-letters-of-credit-3436.

UK VAT and International Trade: 4 November 2021 (Birmingham)

Applying the international VAT rules is not straightforward and mistakes can lead to costly delays. This course from UK Training explains how a UK organisation should apply the rules and account for VAT on cross border supplies of goods and services and will illustrate how Brexit has affected these rules in 2021. For goods, the course covers zero rating exports and evidence requirements, import VAT, how to apply postponed VAT accounting and the Import One Stop Shop. For services, it covers how to determine the place of supply, the general rules, how and when to apply the reverse charge and exceptions to the general rules.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-uk-vat-and-international-trade/46/classroom.

Letters of credit and methods of payment: 8 November 2021 (online)

This course from North East England Chamber will help participants: understand the Letter of Credit procedure and identify the relevant parties; comply with the requirements of a Letter of Credit and methods of payments; identify different methods of payment in international trade; and identify and understand payment documentation.

For details see: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/chamber-global-training-course-letters-of-credit-and-methods-of-payment-tickets-157794972009.

A Beginner’s Practical Guide to Exporting: 9 November 2021 (online)

Presented by MY Export Hub, this course aims to help participants understand basic export processes and documentation requirements now that the UK has left the EU. It includes a practical session looking at the creation of a commercial invoice and understanding where the various elements of that invoice come from.

For details see: www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/4842-a-beginners-practical-guide-to-exporting-non-bcc.

HS Code Classification & The UK Global Tariff: 9 November 2021 (online)

Presented by Chamber International, this morning course takes a detailed look at tariff classification for importers, exporters and customs brokers.

For details see: www.chamber-international.com/events/hs-code-classification-the-uk-global-tariff-online-workshop-nov-2021/.

Trade Commodity Codes: 9 November 2021 (online)

The aims of this morning-only course from Suffolk Chamber are to help participants: understand the purpose of the codes and how they are structured, and to find the appropriate codes (including for goods that are hard to classify).

For details see: www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/events-networking/suffolk-chamber-events/trade-commodity-codes---half-day-training-course.

China Business Clinics: 10 November 2021 (online)

Intended both for those new to China and for experienced exporters, these free 30-minute digital business clinics from China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will give participants the opportunity to discuss their plans with an experienced China market adviser. Topics covered in the clinics will include key business issues such as market access, regulation, IP protection, setting up and finding Chinese business partners.

Slots must be booked in advance.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/china-business-clinics-3.

Essential Guide to Incoterms: 11 November 2021 (London)

This half-day course from UK Training looks at Incoterms and their relevance to businesses. It explains the risk and cost responsibilities of each term for both the customer and the supplier and examines the potential consequences of using a particular term in an overseas supply contract. The course will help participants avoid potential problems arising in commercial agreements between companies trading internationally.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-incoterms/80/classroom.

Rules of Origin and Preference: 15 November 2021 (online)

Rules of origin are complex and often not understood by companies involved in international trade. This morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce will provide a detailed examination of the current preference and non-preference rules of origin and their implications for importers and exporters and will offer practical guidance to traders as to how to establish the origin.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/rules-of-origin-and-preference-virtual-training-3552.

Doing business in Singapore: 16 November 2021 (online)

This brief (10.00–11.30) Department for International Trade (DIT) webinar is designed to help UK businesses understand the major market opportunities in Singapore, the benefits of expanding to the Singapore market and how to overcome barriers when doing business overseas. Market experts will share insights, tips and strategies for companies wanting to expand their products or services into Singapore.

For details see: www.events.great.gov.uk/website/5608/.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Agents & Distributors: 16 November 2021 (online)

Designed for sales teams, administrators and managers planning international growth through overseas agents and distributors, this morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce considers the differences between the two, the advantages and disadvantages of each, what to consider when appointing them, and legal implications.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-agents-and-distributors-3456.

UK VAT and International Trade: 16 November 2021 (Manchester)

Applying the international VAT rules is not straightforward and mistakes can lead to costly delays. This course from UK Training explains how a UK organisation should apply the rules and account for VAT on cross border supplies of goods and services and will illustrate how Brexit has affected these rules in 2021. For goods, the course covers zero rating exports and evidence requirements, import VAT, how to apply postponed VAT accounting and the Import One Stop Shop. For services, it covers how to determine the place of supply, the general rules, how and when to apply the reverse charge and exceptions to the general rules.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-uk-vat-and-international-trade/46/classroom.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Preference Rules of Origin: 17 November 2021 (online)

This introductory, morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce is aimed at those involved in the administration of international trade who need to understand rules of origin, product classification and item valuation.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-preference-rules-of-origin-3451.

EU VAT Obligations for eCommerce Sellers: 18 November 2021 (online)

This Greater Manchester Chamber Bitesize Session (12.00–12.45) will outline the new requirements introduced in July 2021 for eCommerce sellers in the UK supplying to customers in the EU, helping participants understand their obligations and what action they need to take.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/gmcc-bitesize-session-eu-vat-obligations-for-ecommerce-sellers/.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Inward & Outward Processing: 18 November 2021 (online)

If you transport goods into and out of the UK for maintenance or other processing, then this morning-only course from Sussex Chamber of Commerce is for you! It will explain HMRC regimes that enable cost savings and will help participants understand the advantages of claiming Inward processing relief and Outward Processing Relief (IPR and OPR), how commodity codes help, the documentation required, and whether Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status might be helpful.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-inward-and-outward-processing-3461.

Incoterms: 19 November 2021 (online)

This morning-only course from the Greater Manchester Chamber (GMCC) will provide an update on the changes introduced by the 2020 edition of Incoterms. Following a look at what Incoterms are and why buyers and sellers should use them, the course will discuss risks and responsibilities, obligations, and the commercial implications of using Incoterms.

For details see: www.gmchamber.co.uk/events/incoterms-november-2021/.

Northern Ireland Trade after Brexit: 23 November 2021 (online)

Since Brexit, Northern Ireland (NI) is in a uniquely complex situation in relation to international trade. This half-day course from UK Training will guide participants through how international trade involving Northern Ireland should operate from both a customs and VAT perspective.

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

Preference Rules of Origin: 23 November 2021 (online)

Suitable for those who need detailed information on origin calculations and how they affect sales and purchases, this morning course includes an overview of the different types of origin documentation and a practical session on how to read the customs notices allowing origin to be established.

For details see: www.myexporthub.co.uk/events/4746-preference-rules-of-origin-bcc-accredited.

China Business Clinics: 24 November 2021 (online)

Intended both for those new to China and for experienced exporters, these free 30-minute digital business clinics from China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) will give participants the opportunity to discuss their plans with an experienced China market adviser. Topics covered in the clinics will include key business issues such as market access, regulation, IP protection, setting up and finding Chinese business partners.

Slots must be booked in advance.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/china-business-clinics-4.

UK VAT and International Trade: 24 November 2021 (London)

Applying the international VAT rules is not straightforward and mistakes can lead to costly delays. This course from UK Training explains how a UK organisation should apply the rules and account for VAT on cross border supplies of goods and services and will illustrate how Brexit has affected these rules in 2021. For goods, the course covers zero rating exports and evidence requirements, import VAT, how to apply postponed VAT accounting and the Import One Stop Shop. For services, it covers how to determine the place of supply, the general rules, how and when to apply the reverse charge and exceptions to the general rules.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-uk-vat-and-international-trade/46/classroom.

UK VAT and International Trade: 24–25 November 2021 (online)

Applying the international VAT rules is not straightforward and mistakes can lead to costly delays. This course from UK Training explains how a UK organisation should apply the rules and account for VAT on cross border supplies of goods and services and will illustrate how Brexit has affected these rules in 2021. For goods, the course covers zero rating exports and evidence requirements, import VAT, how to apply postponed VAT accounting and the Import One Stop Shop. For services, it covers how to determine the place of supply, the general rules, how and when to apply the reverse charge and exceptions to the general rules.

For details see: www.uktraining.com/training/the-essential-guide-to-uk-vat-and-international-trade/46/classroom.

Methods of Payment/Documentary Letters of Credit: 29 November 2021 (online)

This Sussex Chamber of Commerce event will consider the advantages and disadvantages of the payment options available to international traders and the documentary requirements associated with each. The morning-only course will examine Letters of Credit LC process in detail and offer guidance on how to create a workable credit.

For details see: www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/methods-of-paymentdocumentary-letters-of-credit-virtual-training-3555.

Foundation Award in International Trade — Incoterms: 30 November 2021 (online)

Presented by Sussex Chamber of Commerce, this morning-only course provides an introduction to Incoterms® and their importance in international trade. The impact of Incoterms® on costs and profitability will be discussed, and the definition of each Incoterm® will be covered.

For details see: https://www.sussexchamberofcommerce.co.uk/training/scheduled/foundation-award-in-international-trade-incoterms-3422

Trade shows

September

British Gin Festival: 9–12 September 2021 (Beijing, China)

The China Britain Business Council invites UK gin and mixer brands to participate in this showcase and sales event. Companies whose brands have not yet entered the China market can send samples for showcasing and tasting.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/british-gin-festival.

October

International Franchise Show: 1–2 October 2021 (London)

The UK's biggest exhibition for franchise opportunities from around the world, this event will bring together thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners plus over 200 exhibitors, 50 seminars, personal advice, interactive features and expert guidance.

For details see: www.excel.london/visitor/whats-on/international-franchise-show.

November

International Drink Expo: 9–10 November 2021 (London)

This event is expected to attract some 200 suppliers showcasing innovative drinks and technology, with attendees able to choose from over 120 seminars and a range of panel debates. International Drink Expo runs alongside five other complementary events in the world of food and drink.

For details see: www.excel.london/visitor/whats-on/international-drink-expo-2021.

Meet the China Buyer [food and drink sector]: 12 November 2021 (online)

At this China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) half-day virtual Meet-the-buyer programme participating brands will have 30 minutes’ in-depth sessions with five qualified buyers in their sector. Food and Drink sector specialists from CBBC will assist with translation if needed. This event is part of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) Food and Drink Week at Food and Hotel China.

NB The deadline for registration is 10 October.

For details see: www.cbbc.org/events/meet-china-buyer.

Medica: 15–8 November 2021 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking expressions of interest from companies interested in attending Medica. The world’s largest event for the medical sector, Medica attracts several thousand exhibitors and visitors representing the medical technology, electromedical equipment, laboratory equipment and pharmaceuticals sectors.

For details see: www.events.great.gov.uk/website/5417/.

Midlands Engine Market Visit to Medica: 15–18 November 2021 (Düsseldorf, Germany)

Midlands companies are invited to register to participate digitally and/or physically in Medica, the world’s largest event for the medical sector. Medica attracts several thousand exhibitors and visitors representing the medical technology, electromedical equipment, laboratory equipment and pharmaceuticals sectors.

For details see: www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200228183&

4th UK LegalTech Virtual Mission to Austria: 16 November 2021 (online)

Organised by the Department for International Trade (DIT), this LegalTech mission is an opportunity for UK legal technology companies to learn about expanding their business to Austria. Up to 12 UK-registered companies will be selected to be part of the event, which attracts 350 law firms and legal counsels.

NB The registration deadline is 18 September.

For details see: www.events.great.gov.uk/ehome/index.php?eventid=200228772&.

IAAPA Expo [attractions sector]: 16-19 November 2021 (Orlando, USA)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is seeking companies interested in attending the IAAPA Attractions Expo, the leading global conference and trade show for the attractions industry. The Expo attracts 1000 exhibitors, plus some 21,000 buyers and 32,000 industry professionals from over 100 countries.

Note: The deadline for applications is 10 September.

For details see: www.events.great.gov.uk/website/5114/.

Future of Healthcare Week Asia: 22–25 November 2021 (online)

This event, organised by The Economist Events team, brings over two thousand healthcare leaders together to explore how to navigate the opportunities and challenges around innovation, accessibility, efficiency, sustainability and the acceleration of digital healthcare. Discussions will focus on issues such as: accessibility and value-based care; digital innovation and the hospital of the future; and the personalisation and consumerisation of healthcare.

For details see: https://ukabc.org.uk/event/hybrid-event-future-of-healthcare-week-asia/.

Going Global Live: 24–25 November 2021 (London)

Describing itself as “the leading exhibition dedicated to providing businesses with absolutely everything they need to expand internationally and trade overseas”, Going Global Live will focus on some of the most significant political developments in decades, including post-Brexit trade. This year's show will see professionals from all areas of international trade and export leading their own seminars, plus 150 exhibitors.

For details see: www.excel.london/visitor/whats-on/going-global-live-2021.