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We offer an extensive training programme including British Chamber of Commerce Accredited Foundation Award in International Trade. The courses, led by accredited trainers with international trade experience, provide invaluable skills for small and large companies.

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British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Foundation Award in International Trade

The BCC Foundation Award is designed to equip businesses and increase understanding in the processes of international trade and runs year-round. Candidates completing six or more modules, qualify for the Foundation Award. We compliment this with bespoke topics not covered by the BCC curriculum, but still expert led.

BCC Foundation Award in International Trade 2024 Training – full course content and dates can be found here.

Our 2024 training programme is now LIVE, you can book through our Eventbrite page here.

Understanding Export4 June, 1 October

The UK is only 4% of global GDP so 96% of the world’s market could be open to you. The world is more and more connected, so it is easier than it has ever been to trade internationally. This is an introduction to exporting and the practical considerations needed. The course covers the requirements of sales and purchase orders, an introduction to Incoterms®, packaging considerations, general compliance issues and commodity codes. The importance of export documentation is explained, along with sources of help and guidance.

Export Documentation 6 June, 3 October

An introduction course providing candidates with fundamental skills and knowledge to prepare and process the documents required for exporting goods overseas. It is fully supported with user friendly and up-to-date notes (including copies of completed documents) to ensure the skills learned can be used effectively back in the workplace. During the introduction course candidates will study the principles and current industry practices required to ensure that they can process documents thus ensuring they operate both legally and cost effectively. They will understand the documents required for international shipments and transportation and where to go for further help and advice.

Incoterms 202011 June, 8 October

An introduction to Incoterms® and their importance to international trade. Understand the history and purpose of Incoterms®, how they are used, the practical issues to be considered, and sources of additional help and information. Commercial matters will also be discussed including the impact of Incoterms® on costs and profitability. The definition of each Incoterm® will be covered as well as practical topics such as why EXW is not suitable for international trade. An understanding of Incoterms® is fundamental to international trade.

Rules of Origin – 13 June, 10 October

This introduction course is aimed at those involved in the administration of international trade to ensure an understanding of rules of origin, product classification and item valuation to meet the demands of international trade in both exporting and importing. Understanding origin, tariffs and valuation is essential for correct calculation of taxation and duties, and mistakes leading to non-payment or underpayment are considered a serious matter by HMRC. They also lead to duty reliefs, so getting this right could save you money.

Commodity codes & UK Trade Tariff19 June, 15 October

An introduction course providing candidates with fundamental skills and knowledge to prepare and process a system of classifying their parts for both import and export. It is fully supported with user friendly and up-to-date notes (including practical experience on classifying products using the UK Global Tariff) to ensure the skills learned can be used effectively back in the workplace. Candidates will, after attending this course, be aware of what commodity codes are and what they are used for. They will have a basic understanding of the process of how to classify goods and would have successfully classified a range of goods to gain experience in using the UK Global Tariff and where to go for further advice.

Customs Procedures – 3 July, 22 October

This introduction course is aimed at anyone involved in international trade who needs to understand customs. The course will cover the role of HMRC and practicalities such as goods wholly produced in the UK, use of documentation including the EUR1, free circulation, AEO, VAT responsibilities, and the impact of Incoterms®. The course also provides an introduction to customs entries, classification of goods, valuation of goods on import duties, taxes and the Union Customs Code (UCC).

Import Procedures25 June, 17 October

This introduction course is aimed at those involved in the importing of goods. The course will cover import documentation and procedures, commercial considerations, the importance of your purchase order, calculating VAT and duty, and how to reduce import customs clearance delays. Incoterms® and their impact on importing will be shown, along with an introduction to duty regimes to help importers.

Methods of Payment and Letters of Credit25 April, 9 July, 30 October

This introduction covers the five main types of payment for International Trade.

Agents and distributors 

The course will also look at the importance of harmonising all sales channels so if you are already selling through these third parties, there is valuable information to learn about doing this effectively.

We’re expanding our popular international trade training programme for 2024. These courses will complement, but are not part of the BCC accredited foundation award:

Dangerous Goods18 April, 2 July, 5 November

This half day training course is suitable for anyone who handles, stores or transports dangerous goods in order to gain a basic understanding of the regulations, prevent accidents and avoid costly fines and penalties.

HMRC Audit Compliance23 April, 4 July, 7 November

This course is suitable for anyone that is involved in international trade and will provide knowledge, tools and insights to be compliant and ready for a customs audit.

Export Licencing – 29 April

Learn how to become more compliant with export controls legislation, as part of your commitment to being a responsible exporter.

*With Chamber international membership you receive substantial savings on all training courses.

If you are interested in any of our training courses or would like further information please get in touch email: [email protected]