Existing Exporters

A experienced team, available to help your business export goods and/or services to markets across the world.

Boosting UK export performance is central to the government’s long-term economic plan. The goal by 2020 is to have 100,000 more businesses exporting than in 2010, boosting the value of exports to £1 trillion.  Working with organisations like British Chambers of Commerce and UK Trade & Investment, we believe we can play a significant role in helping meet the government target.

Dorset Chamber is an Issuing Body, appointed by HM Government Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. Dorset Chamber are authorised to certify export documentation on behalf of companies in the UK including EC Certificate of Origin, Arab-British Certificate of Origin, Customs Movement Certificates and ATA Carnets.

This documentation can be requested as a result of financial arrangements, customs procedures, trade barriers or even tariff quotas. The team have many years of experience in international trade and certification procedures, and are fully trained and accredited by BCC.

In order for us to process applications for export documentation, we require written authorisation in the form of;

Formal Undertaking
By providing a signed copy you acknowledge the requirements detailed in the Standard Rules and allow Dorset chamber to certify documents on your behalf.

Authorised Signatories
A list of specimen signatories will need to be provided so we can authenticate each application has been completed by an employee authorised by the company to do so.

Download the Formal Undertaking documents here

Applications can be made online and submitted to us electronically. This is a popular option used by our registered exporters.

Here are some of the benefits:

  • Certificates of Origin, ATA Carnets, and EUR1/ATR forms all available
  • Copy facility to help save time for repeat shipments
  • Allows multiple users to access the same account.
  • Increase accuracy of information by storing individual customers and suppliers details.
  • Applications returned same day (submission times pending), quicker service available on request.
  • Service is available Monday to Friday from 09:00 until 16:30.

In addition to this, the online platform offers exporters the opportunity to obtain many more commonly used documents, in fully compliant formats. This includes export invoices, packing lists, dangerous goods notes, bills of lading and many more. You can also make customs clearance entries for UK customs.

To open your online account today, please contact our export team via the contact us page.

Why not call the team to discuss all your documentation needs on 01202 714807.

Training

We have observed significant developments in international trade compliance during recent years, with increasing demands on export, import and finance roles. The implementation of the Union Customs Code (UCC) during 2016 now means greater scrutiny of your export and import management, and authorisation for some customs procedures will become more complex now that the UCC is in full force.

The greater emphasis on accreditation such as AEO (Authorised Economic Operators) will also drive standards in customs and security compliance, and can improve the overall reputations of export and import businesses. Formal training for key staff is a requirement of this accreditation, and relying on experience or ‘we’ve always done it this way’ will not be sufficient for accepted practice.

The most important consideration is that as the named exporter or importer it is your legal responsibility to ensure all customs declarations are 100% accurate. Even if you were to outsource some customs formalities, you still need to demonstrate how you manage the requirements.

Our courses have been designed to be suitable for both experienced and novice exporters, and we offer delegates the opportunity to gain a formal qualification in international trade procedures (Foundation Award in International Trade – NVQ Level 2).

To view our training courses you can visit our ‘International Trade Workshops’ page.  Alternatively you can call the team to discuss the courses in more detail on 01202 714807 or email us via the contact us form.

Incoterms

Minimize the risk in international transactions by making informed decisions, and supplement your international trade training.

ICC Incoterms® are the backbone of world trade. First developed in 1936, the rules define the responsibilities of buyers and sellers when trading internationally — setting out the obligations and risks involved in the delivery of goods.• Full range of Incoterms 2010 available including standard definitions, expanded version, wallchart, desktop and pocket editions.

If you regularly receive payment through letters of credit, then we have a couple of guides that are vital for any good practitioner of this financial tool.

• ICC Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (UCP600)
• International Standard Banking Practice (UCP600)

Specific Market guides are also available.

Please contact the International Trade team at the Chamber to purchase your copies on 01202 714807 or use the contact form.

Knowledge base

Knowledge base
The helpdesk is available to answer your questions related to clearing goods in foreign markets and the complexities of customs procedures. We can also advise on specific country requirements to help you implement best practice and ensure your goods are shipped in time.

Letters of credit

Reduce the risk and guarantee payments for your exports

What are documentary credits?
Popularly known as a ‘Letter of Credit (L/C)’, it is a guarantee issued by a bank assuring payment of goods. The L/C will have strict terms specifying the amount of money to be paid, time frame and documentation required. Studies show 75% of all first time applications are rejected by the bank, resulting in unnecessary charges.

What does our service include?

  • Full management from draft to approval
  • Advice on L/C terms
  • Assurance that all L/C terms are met
  • Preparation of all shipment documents
  • Full visibility of documents online
  • Liaison with freight forwarders, shipping companies, inspection agents etc.
  • Arrangement of cargo insurance
  • Compliance check for third party documents
  • Advice on appropriate Incoterms® 2010
  • Strong relationships with major UK banks
  • Presentation of all documentation to the bank within agreed deadline

Why not call the team to discuss your options on 01202 714807

Export Dorset

As many of the traditional trade routes for UK businesses have slowed in terms of growth, businesses now need to look beyond their existing boundaries for opportunities in new trade markets.

Sharing knowledge and experience with others, and forming collaborative business relationships can be of great benefit when developing business in overseas markets.

Our international events programme will focus on specific sector opportunities, whilst addressing any concerns before exporting. The events will include many speakers offering their advice and guidance to help your new export strategy.

Please note that some events will be by invitation only, please email us at export@Dorset Chamber.co.uk to register your interest and we will get back to you.

For more information about Export Dorset please visit our dedicated pages.

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