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International Trade – July 2020

Hampshire Chamber’s Basingstoke training set to bang the drum for global trade

Businesses keen to ‘go global’ and trade overseas after the pandemic can access a training programme run for the first time from Basingstoke.

The Covid-safe courses and workshops, delivered by Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, begin in September 2020 and cover all aspects of international trade.

They are aimed at companies across north and east Hampshire who are active in overseas markets whether as exporters or importers.

The Chamber has provided international trade training at its Fareham office for many years but this is the first programme to be delivered in Basingstoke.

Course content includes the practical steps necessary to stay legal on import and export procedures, Customs declarations and documentation, payment methods, and international commercial terms, known as Incoterms.

Managers and staff working in sales, purchasing, finance, shipping, customer service and freight forwarding are all likely to benefit from the training.

Jacqueline Highmore, Hampshire Chamber’s International Trade Manager, said: “Trading relationships with other countries were already set to undergo change because of Brexit, but Covid-19 has introduced a new paradigm altogether.

“The months ahead will see a considerable reprioritising of activity as companies re-tool for a post-pandemic world.

“We have designed our training programme to upskill those people tasked with keeping the movement of goods and supplies both smooth and legal.

“We have run workshops and courses for many years in the south of the county and we are delighted to be offering the programme from Basingstoke for the first time.”

Jacqueline said preparations are under way for classroom-based learning, with social distancing measures in place, but pending demand and public health advice at the time the option of virtual training may be considered as an alternative.

Hampshire Chamber has secured sponsorship for the training from Surrey Translation Bureau, a translation specialist based in Farnham on the Surrey-Hampshire border and whose client base includes many Hampshire companies.

George Cooke, Managing Director, said: “We decided to sponsor the programme as it is an ideal opportunity for us to present ourselves to a very relevant target audience.

“For 35 years we have been translating all types of texts in many languages, but the common factor for our main clients has been their international trade – either manufacturing products for export or advertising their services to an overseas market.

“Text translation is of course just one aspect to consider and we would recommend the whole training package to anyone in any sector.”

The programme itinerary is:

  • Understanding Export – 28 September (full day)
  • Import procedures – 14 October (full day)
  • Inward/outward processing – 19 October (morning)
  • Classification of goods – 19 October (afternoon)
  • Documentary letters of credit/methods of payment – 4 November (full day)
  • Incoterms rules – 18 November (morning)
  • Preferential rules of origin/ Customs procedures and documentation – 23 November (full day)
  • Export documentation – 9 December (full day)

Participants who complete six of the courses will qualify for the Foundation Award in International Trade assessed by British Chambers of Commerce and equivalent to NVQ Level 2.

All the courses will be delivered from Hampshire Chamber’s office at Grove House, Lutyens Close, Chineham Court, Basingstoke, RG24 8AG.

For more information and to book, call 01329 242420, email or visit

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:

Update to telephone number to contact the international trade team at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce – for those clients who use the telephone number 023 8022 3541 to contact the international trade team please note that this number will no longer be in service from 1st August 2020.  The correct telephone number to use is 01329 242420

COVID-19 – Hampshire Chamber of Commerce 

The international trade team at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce continue to work remotely 


We are still remote working and it business as usual with regard to export documentation with the exception of the following:

Arab-British and Egyptian-British documentation – we will continue to check applications and update you on the current position with regard to the individual Embassies.  For other legalisation work, we will again continue to check and will let you know the current position.

Our plan is to collect post from the office each day 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, 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 may not be possible.

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

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

UK tariffs from 1 January 2021 – how to check the tariffs that will apply to goods you import when the UK Global Tariff takes effect on 1 January 2021.

Older updates

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

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.

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