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Online international trade workshop - export documentation - October 2024

This introductory workshop will provide candidates with the 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.

The workshop is aimed at owner/proprietors of small businesses that manage their own export and customs processes and personnel who administer the functions within larger organisations. This includes staff working in export administration, export sales and freight moving who are required to deal with export documents within their organisation. The workshop is valuable for both newcomers wanting an introduction and overview and experienced staff needing a refresher on current requirements. At the end of the workshop, candidates will have received training to ensure they can confidently deal with export documents within their organisation thus ensuring both legal compliance and cost effectiveness for all of their exports. 

This online workshop will be delivered by Mike Court of International Trade Matters Ltd. 

Mike holds a degree in International Development and a certificate in advanced customs compliance. He is a full member of the Institute of Export, has a green belt in Continued Process Improvements and is a committee member of the Devon International Trade Forum. Mike provides International Trade Compliance expertise, having worked for 20 years with two US-based multinationals. Prior to working in the private sector, he served in the Royal Navy for 22 years as a logistics expert.

International Trade Matters Ltd offers international trade consultancy and training across sectors, geographies, and disciplines. We are the leading independent consultancy for International Trade offering expert advice and support to companies engaged, or interested in, overseas connections or business. With a raft of super specialists and trainers covering Somerset and beyond we offer expert advice and training on new markets, compliance and international marketing strategies, we also offer bespoke packages designed to provide value and satisfaction.

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.

Workshop contents:

• “The Foundations” including a look at information sources, legal requirements, record keeping and software systems
• The significance of documentary content – with specific reference to Incoterms® 2020, how to prove origin and the commodity code
• Exporters commercial documents – quotations, invoices and packing lists
• The "origin documents" – including UK Country of Origin, EU-EUR1s
• Further official export documents – export licences, pre-shipment inspection, and customs Single Administrative Documents (C88) SAD
• Dealing with the freight forwarder – including ECSIs, SSNs
• The proof of export documents – including Bills of Lading, AWBs and CMR notes
• Payment mechanisms and a review of the documents needed to ensure payment
• Changes coming in 2024
• Sources of help and advice

Somerset Chamber of Commerce is operating a cancellation policy in line with our terms and conditions which can be found here:

Event details

Tuesday 1 Oct 2024

9:30am – 1:00pm


£150 + VAT - members
£155 + VAT - non-members

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