International Trade

International Trade



The need to acquire and update international trade skills to compete in this rapidly evolving globalised world is both essential and urgent!

Need a refresher on international trade? Or do you have new team members who require an introduction to the area? Our export and import training courses provide you with everything you need to know.

SME Brexit Support Fund now offering grants for Training!

The government has made £20 million available through the current SME Brexit Support Fund. Provided you meet certain eligibility criteria, HMRC may provide funding towards the costs of training and/or professional advice, to help you with changes to trade rules with the EU.

Traders can apply for up to £2,000 in total towards both our criteria meeting, international trade courses and our bespoke courses here.

New Customs Declaration Training

From 31 December 2020, when the UK completed its departure from the EU, the number of customs declarations made by traders is forecast to increase from 55 million to around 300 million each year.

Now that the UK has left the EU’s single market and Customs Union, ChamberCustoms is committed to improving the ease and efficiency of Customs Declarations for all traders importing and exporting in the UK. We support those businesses continuing to trade with the EU now that the transition period has finished.

Businesses that import or export goods will need to complete a greater amount of administration when clearing goods through UK ports in Great Britain and Northern Ireland; this is why we have created HMRC Customs Training, to support your business through these changes.

You can now complete all of our customs training courses online by clicking here.

International Trade Training

With over 15 different international trade courses – many of which are British Chambers of Commerce accredited and result in recognised qualifications – the Chamber’s international trade training programme is ever-evolving so to meet the needs and demands of current and would-be exporters.

Delivered by expert and experienced trainers from Devon-based International Trade Matters, they cover the key skills that are essential to businesses that trade overseas, including quoting and selling internationally, understanding and completing export documentation, managing and operating letters of credit, why and how to use Incoterms® Rules 2020 and legislation of HM Revenue and Customs.

New for 2021 is our Master Class series, these courses offer a more specialised and in-depth look at Exporting/Importing and are of value to businesses who have already started some export growth, and those that are new to selling overseas or planning for the future.

Links to our courses are detailed below:

21-SeptImport Procedures
22-SeptDocumentary Letters of Credit
23-SeptAgents and Distributors
5-OctPreference rules of Origin
6-OctInward and Outward Processing
7-OctIncoterms 2020
19-OctCustoms Procedures and Documentation
20-OctExport Documentation
21-OctUnderstanding Exporting
2-NovMethods of Payment
3-NovImport Procedures
4-NovDocumentary Letters of Credit
16-NovAgents and Distributors
17-NovPreference rules of Origin
18-NovInward & Outward Processing
1-DecCustoms Procedures and documentation
2-DecExport Documentation
14-DecUnderstanding Exporting
15-DecMethods of Payment
16-DecImport Procedures

Bespoke Courses

In addition to the popular public courses, we are able to offer bespoke training for businesses that also are eligible for the SME Brexit Grant. Because these are focussed on the individual needs of the business, they can be more time and cost efficient.

This also enables businesses to train an entire team in one go and means valuable discussions can take place about specific scenarios or processes that might be needed. Bespoke training can cover all aspects of International Trade from the basics, to compliance and special customs procedures.

Alongside public and bespoke courses, we can offer support with authorisations such as AE and AEO, export audits to ensure the correct processes are in place and consultancy to support accessing new markets.

Please do contact if you need any assistance in completing the forms.

Who Can Benefit from the Courses?

These courses will suit anyone involved in importing and exporting goods and services, arming you and your employees with the knowledge to trade internationally. The people who attend the courses include owner/proprietors of small businesses that manage their own import and export services, through to employees working in import/export departments in larger organisations. Some attend all the courses, others just attend those relevant to their role.

Training your staff to deliver your products or services right first time, every time, will lower your costs and improve the experience you deliver to your customers and by choosing a great export training provider such as Devon & Plymouth Chamber of Commerce/International Trade Matters, who both understand about making a profit internationally, can really help your company take off in your export markets. Combined with great quality and competitive prices, it makes our courses hard to beat.

Training Provided by International Trade Matters

Contact our team

Nick Byrne & Claire Mahoney

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