Whatever you need to know about trading overseas, your first port of call should be the International Trade team at Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber plays a unique role in supporting and boosting Lincolnshire’s trade activity, our team offers help and advice, as well as providing export documentation services and we also have the resources to connect with organisations all around the world, plus other Chambers of Commerce within the UK and internationally.
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Let us help you with:
Our Export Documentation service during Coronavirus
While Covid restrictions are in place, we are not able to offer a collection of certified documentation from our Commerce House office in Lincoln.
To allow for the processing of documentation that used to be collected we can offer the Ecert Express service where documents can be printed in your own office, this will involve purchasing blank certificate stocks from us prior.
For any questions, contact us via 01522 523333 or email email@example.com
Our calendar is full of International Trade training courses, which will all take place virtually. Click here to see upcoming International Trade workshops and to register.
ChamberCustoms is a customs declaration service delivered by the Chamber for UK importers and exporters, of all sizes.
Click here to find out more.
Secure a grant from DIT’s Internationalisation Fund
The Department for International Trade has now launched its new European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) for eligible East Midlands businesses.
Match-funded grants of between £1,000 and £9,000 are available for future activity (subject to eligibility and availability) to support work to develop new overseas markets.
To secure a grant, you will need to fund a proportion of your costs yourself. This varies according to where your business is based and will be either 40 or 50% of the total cost. East Midlands businesses looking for support can find out more here.
International Trade Update 21st October 2021
UK reaches Agreement in Principle with New Zealand
On 20 October 2021, New Zealand and the UK reached agreement on the key elements of a new free trade agreement (FTA). Some of the highlights of this agreement can be found here.
Rules of origin for goods moving between the UK and EU
The government have produced guides which give detailed information about the rules of origin requirements under the UK’s deal with the EU.
Click here to read more
Updated Standard Rules
The standard rules have been updated to reflect out new foreign origin guidance. Rule 2.C now reads:
If the goods were not manufactured by the applicant, the name and address of the manufacturer must be stated on the reverse of the application. When requested by the issuing body the applicant must provide a copy of the manufactures or suppliers invoice bearing a signed declaration as to the origin of the goods. Further evidence of origin is required if a supplier’s invoice is provided.
Click here to read the updated Standard Rules.
Dedicated hotline and online service launched for UK exporters
British businesses exporting to Europe will now be able to access one-to-one advice via a new government phone and online service.
Click here to read more.
International Trade Update 23rd August 2021
International Trade Update 12th August 2021
Goods arriving in Great Britain without an import declaration
HM Revenue & Customs has published guidance on what to do when goods arrive in GB without an import declaration. Where goods have been imported without an import customs declaration completed this is deemed to be non-compliant and civil penalties could be charged where HMRC consider appropriate.
Click here to read more
UK EUR1 Declarations Update
HMRC have now updated their guidance for the declarations to be made on page 4 of a UK EUR1 application.
Click here to read the new guidanceAll International Trade News
Maintaining the flow of trade at the border
In order to maintain the flow of trade at the border during the current Coronavirus outbreak, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has announced that Border Control Posts (BCP) may temporarily accept scanned or electronic copies of health certification from competent authorities or operators in some specific circumstances.
Any measures taken are only for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak. Speak directly to the relevant BCP for further clarification and if you have questions about a particular import.
Our export documentation service is available for members and non-members of Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce. However, being a member entitles you to a range of discounts that can save your business hundreds of pounds.
The accurate completion of export documentation is vital if charges and delays are to be avoided and shipments are to meet their deadlines.
Our Export Documentation Services include:
There are several ways to complete the documentation and they vary depending on what documentation is required by your customer.
The most popular form of applying for export documents is through our electronic system, eCert, which means that your export documents can be checked, approved, stamped and returned without you having to leave your desk and completed within the same day.
This is deemed the quickest and safest method of sending and receiving your documents as you do not need to rely on the post or couriers because you can print it out from the comfort of your own office.
Click here to register for this service.
New to eCert?
We have a dedicated international trade team who can provide training on the eCert system with the aim of getting the documents completed correctly first time to prevent future rejection charges.
See our Export Documentation price list here.
On some occasions we require carbon copies of your documentation, in these instances Certificates and documentation should be sent to:
While you wait
We also offer a while you wait service; however, it is advised that you book a time slot to ensure the team are available. Please note this service is only available between 9:30am and 3:30pm and is not available while Covid-19 restrictions are in place.
Our fees for certifying your international trade documentation are among the most competitive around.
See our pricing schedules for a breakdown of costs for the following:
– UK Certificate of Origin
– UK EUR1 Documents
– TR Documents
– Other documents i.e. commercial invoices/packing lists
– Arab Countries Certificates of Origin
Certification charges for the UK Certificate of Origin, UK EUR1 Documents, and Certification of ‘other’ documents i.e. commercial invoices/packing lists.
Details of submission types:
Ecert Express – complete via platform and print yourself on stationery purchased.
Ecert Standard – complete via platform, chamber prints, certifies + posts back to exporter.
By Post – send to the Chamber for certification, chamber returns by post.
Prechecking – have your documentation checked by the team prior to submission.
Premium Service – advance your documentation checking to the top of the queue.
Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01522 523333 (option 3).
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