Hampshire Chamber offers new workshops for businesses with global ambitions

Businesses in Hampshire preparing for international trade post-Brexit can take advantage of enhanced training options this autumn.

Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is staging a new series of courses and workshops to help companies active in overseas markets whether as exporters or importers.

Given the likelihood that new processes and paperwork will be required for customs declarations, there are several training sessions designed to upskill people tasked with keeping the movement of goods and supplies both smooth and legal.

Staff working in sales, purchasing, finance, shipping and banking have just completed a one-day course at the Chamber’s Fareham head office on the latest customs procedures, duties and taxes payable on the entry of goods into the UK.

Specific rules around customs declarations are the focus of further workshops in Fareham on Thursday 21 November and Tuesday 3 December. A five-hour online learning package is also available.

Companies specifically looking to do business with China can attend a one-to-one clinic with expert advisers taking place in Fareham on Thursday 7 November.

Hampshire Chamber has coordinated the day with support from the China-Britain Business Council and Portsmouth City Council.

Jacqueline Highmore, Hampshire Chamber’s international trade manager, said: “We organise and deliver a wide range of international trade training.

“Given Brexit, the need to stay on top of changes in rules has never been greater. 

“As we look to develop global reach, our China Business Clinic is a must for any Hampshire company seeking to strengthen or establish links with China.

“This is a huge and expanding market for UK businesses but it has many different regional economies and hubs so it is essential to understand the economic, cultural and regulatory differences that could impact the success of your product and strategy.”

Among other awareness-raising, companies who export items for military or strategic use can attend a breakfast workshop designed to raise awareness of export controls and licensing.

Taking place at the Fareham Innovation Centre, Lee-on-Solent, on Tuesday 12 November, the event is being held in partnership with the Department for International Trade’s Export Control Joint Unit.

Hampshire Chamber is also holding a seminar on the latest international commercial terms, defining risks and responsibilities around the movements of goods including freight contracts and import-export clearance.

The recognised Incoterms checklist is widely seen as a vital tool for contract negotiations and a framework for international and domestic sales contracts.

The seminar is aimed at staff involved in sales, purchasing, shipping, finance and customer service, as well as companies specialising in freight forwarding. 

It takes place at the Chamber’s Fareham head office on Monday 11 November. Copies of the new Incoterms publication are also available from the office.

For more information on Hampshire Chamber’s support programme, call 01329 242420 or email train@hampshirechamber.co.uk.

Neina Sheldon
Article by Neina Sheldon
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