Export Readiness & Getting Goods to Market

Export Readiness                                   

Of course we all know that too few British firms are making the most of export market opportunities. Chambers of Commerce through its network of contacts can help a company to evaluate their company’s products and services for export, help them to select markets that could be successful and help to make sure that they have the infrastructure in place to support their exporting ambition.

We don’t want businesses to fall at the first hurdle, so our experts guide companies on how to become export ready.

Where it’s appropriate, and it usually is to some degree, we will offer a detailed assessment that will include a review of intellectual property risks, trademarks, branding, packaging, pricing, safety certification, customs regulations and relevant legislation. After all, we want new exporters to do business successfully and profitably, sowe help to mitigate risk.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce works very closely with the BCC Global Business Network and also the Department for International Trade South East.  Both of these organisations are able to assess your export readiness and can recommend appropriate courses/workshops.

Contact details:

BCC Global Business Network www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/international-affiliate-scheme

Department for International Trade South East 
Contact details: info@tradesoutheast.com  

Export Market Seminars

Chambers of Commerce regularly organise international trade-focused seminars, open to both members and non-members, which give exporters access to a wealth of information and advice, to ask questions of the Chamber, meet fellow exporters and other businesses considering a move into international trade. We encourage people to learn from the experience of others.

Our programme of full or half day seminars/workshops hosted by market specialists providing information on the overall market, regions, sectors, distribution channels, opportunities etc can be seen by clicking here

Risk Management

Exporters face several risks that can negatively impact a business, such as non-payment of invoices, political uncertainties, or IP theft. To minimise and avoid these risks, Chambers of Commerce via its network of contacts can provide businesses with market intelligence and detailed information that will help them analyse their risks and opportunities, so that they can make the right export choices

Overseas Market Intelligence

With the rapid growth of emerging markets around the globe, the opportunities for your export business are unlimited. The key to a successful export strategy is focusing your resources on the markets most likely to generate the highest return on your marketing investment. Market research is an essential step in making sure that your efforts are directed towards the right targets. 

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce works very closely with the BCC Global Business Network and also the Department for International Trade South East.  These networks are able to offer bespoke market intelligence, including detailed research on regions within the target market, specific sectors, competition, market entry strategies and distribution channels.

Contact details:

BCC Global Business Network www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/international-affiliate-scheme 

Department for International Trade South East

Contact details: info@tradesoutheast.com

International Trade Training Workshops

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce offers a comprehensive range of BCC accredited international trade workshops.

  • Understanding Export
  • Import Procedures
  • Documentary Letters of Credit/Methods of Payment 
  • Preferential Rules of Origin/Customs Procedures and Documentation
  • Agents and Distributors 
  • Incoterms rules
  • Inward/Outward Processing
  • Export Documentation

Prices and dates are available on the Chamber website 

Getting Goods to Market

Whether you are shipping physical goods or providing services, a successful export business relies on delivering in a timely and efficient manner, while making provision for insurance & risk
management and local regulations.

International Trade Documentation

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce operates a full time documentation service in both Basingstoke and Fareham.  The services available are:

Documentation can be provided electronically via two electronic platforms, e-zCert & essCert


Any business exporting physical products will need to carefully plan the logistics of moving them from market to market. At a basic level, Chamber of Commerce through its network of contacts can provide an overview of the key considerations in warehousing, freight-forwarding and distribution, along with practical advice for working with providers.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is able to provide introductions to logistics providers, including shipping, air freight, overland; general logistics management, warehousing and distribution within its membership.  Please contact the International Trade team on 01329 242420.



Hampshire Chamber of Commerce through its network of contacts can offer introductions to differing types of insurance, including trade credit insurance, marine transit insurance, and provision of discounted insurance services to exporters.

Legal and Accounting Services

Not every law firm or accountancy business has experience of international trade.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce has within its membership and through its network of contacts a referral list of professional services firms who are experienced in this specialist area of international trade, including IP protection; international licensing; distribution agreements; transfer pricing and a range of other services.
We also offer discounted legal and accounting services for members.


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We constantly strive to improve the products & services we offer and how they are delivered to you. Please let us know what we are doing well and any areas where you think we could be doing better.

Email your comments to info@hampshirechamber.co.uk

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