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International Trade – April 2020

China Business Clinic
Wednesday 24th June 2020

Have you considered China as your next export market? Looking for advice on doing business with China? Hampshire Chamber of Commerce in association with the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and in partnership with Portsmouth City Council is hosting a 1-2-1 business clinic with an expert China advisor on Wednesday 24th June 2020.

Chris Lethbridge – China Market Business Advisor for the CBBC will be available to discuss matters ranging from the market potential for your products or services, to how to establish a presence in the market, as well as the support and services available to help you deal with the unique challenges in China and develop your business in a cost effective way.

China is the great economic success story of the past 30 years. It’s now the world’s second largest economy and a huge and expanding market for UK businesses.  However China is not one single market with a range of different regional economies and economic hubs. It is important to understand the economic, cultural and regulatory differences that could impact the success of your product and impact you China strategy.

Benefits for UK businesses

There are a number of reasons why you should seriously consider China:
• largest country in the world by population with over 160 cities of more than a million inhabitants
• fast growing consumer market, resulting from increasing number of middle income consumers
• forecast to become the world’s largest luxury goods market by 2020
• strong demand for high quality products and services
This clinic is a must for companies who have already established or are looking to establish links with China.

About the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)

The China-Britain Business Council helps British and Chinese businesses and organisations work together in China, the UK and third markets around the world. With 60 years of experience and experts across the UK and China, they work in a strategic partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in China to deliver streamlined services to their joint members.  They also work closely with cities and local enterprise partnerships to help them forge the links to drive local economic development.

Please note: the format will be individual and confidential meetings will last 30 minutes.

The clinics will be held at the Fareham office of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce (Wates House, Wallington Hill, Fareham PO16 7BJ)

Parking will be available and appointments are available from 10.00am onwards

To book your appointment please contact Jackie Highmore on tel 01329 820881 or email

International Trade workshops (4)

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For further information on any of the above workshops please call our training department on 01329 242420 or email

Updates/Latest News:

COVID-19 – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce 

The international trade team at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce are working remotely 


We are remote working and it business as usual (as best we can) with regard to export documentation with the exception of the following:

Arab-British and Egyptian-British documentation – we will continue to check and invoice for applications however this situation is changing by the day with Embassies closing/working remotely so we will be in touch as we receive documents to let you know if they can be forwarded on for processing.  For other legalisation work, we will again continue to check and invoice and will let you know if documents can be forwarded on for processing.

Our plan is to collect post from the office every couple of days, if possible, and therefore it may be easier (and quicker) to process invoices and packing lists and other supporting documentation using our electronic platforms.  We are currently posting manually issued applications however we can’t guarantee you will receive the next day so you might prefer to apply for applications via “express” or “DIY” methods for countries that accept electronic signatures and stamps.  This isn’t possible for some countries when applying for EUR1 certificates i.e. Lebanon, Israel, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Egypt & Serbia or A.TR certificates for Turkey, however many other countries will accept electronic signatures and stamps for both preference certificates and Certificates of Origin.

ATA Carnets – we will do our best to continue with the issuing of ATA Carnets however collection of completed ATA Carnets will not be possible.

Please note and ensure that you have the correct stationery at your disposal and ensure you know how home printers work to print off applications.  Full certification fees will be charged again for any mis-printed applications during this remote working period.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the international trade team on tel no. 01329 242420 or via email

Deferment account easement for duty and import VATclick here for further information

We have been asked by the Department of International Trade (DIT) to circulate the following survey

The aim is to assess the first contact points that businesses come to when they make an enquiry with DIT about trade or investment.  The survey will help to map out these processes to strategically assess whether any improvements can be made to the services provided for businesses.

MONEYCORP  – Imports and Exports  – A Guide for SME’s – click here (updated March 2020)
and also a new guide to currency risk, including points of risk and currency tools to mitigate it, can be found here

QATAR – We have been informed by our colleagues at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) that ICC Accredited Chamber Issuing Bodies can now submit electronic documents to Qatar customs – please click here to view the letter.

The documents will need the normal Chamber stamp and the ICC stamp (normally pre-printed) on your Certificates of Origin to be accepted. The attached letter can we used as evidence that the Qatar Authorities want traders to present electronic documentation that can be verified on-line using the ICC Verification website.

Launch of digital tools for traders – two digital tools on launched to provide information to businesses exporting goods in and out of the UK market

UK trade agreements with non-EU countries – find out which trade agreements with non-EU countries are in place during and after the transition period

Trading under WTO rules – how to trade with other countries if there is no UK trade agreement in place after the transition period

Trade remedies transition policy – trade remedies protect domestic industries from unfair practices around imports. The UK’s own independent trade policy includes a trade remedies system

Apply for grants if your business completes customs declarations

UK border control posts: contact details

Passport rules for travel to Europe from 1 January 2021

ICC’s Incoterms® rules are the world’s essential terms of trade for the sale of goods and the revised publication, Incoterms® 2020, is in stock at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce.

To purchase your copy please contact the international trade team on tel: 01329 242420 or click here 

Foundation Award in International Trade

Hampshire Chamber can now offer the Foundation Award in International Trade, a qualification assessed by British Chambers of Commerce.

To receive the award candidates need to attend and pass assessments from 6 of the international trade training workshops on offer.

These workshops are replicated 3 times during the year.   Certificates are provided for each module passed.

For more information or to book your workshops email or call Ben McDonald on 01329 242420

Dates for your Diary:

For further information and to book please click here or contact Jackie Highmore via email

CHINA BUSINESS CLINIC – Wednesday 24th June 2020 
For further information and to book please click here

For further information and to book please click here or contact Jackie Highmore via email

For further information and to book please click here or contact Jackie Highmore via email

For further information and to book please click here or contact Jackie Highmore via email

Roundup of previous news:

EU-Japan Centreclick here for their latest events

The demand is out there.  You should be too.

The UK market might seem big enough for your business. But thinking bigger pays off. Borders needn’t be blockers. Let us help you grow beyond them.  Click here for further information

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