International Trade and Customs Procedures Training

If you’re looking to develop your staff’s skills in international trade procedures and promotion, these training courses are designed for you covering topics such as export documentation and letters of credit.

Please note: the training will not be delivered by LCCI. We are working with Chamber Customs, who are delivering the courses through the Accredited Chamber Network. All courses will be delivered online and have discounted rates for LCCI Members.

Available Training Courses

British Chamber of Commerce Foundation Award Package

LCCI Member: 1,500.00 exc VAT
Non-Member: £1,750.00 exc VAT

Candidates completing these 6 courses listed below are awarded the nationally recognised BCC Foundation Award in International Trade. These courses give international traders the essential skills invaluable to small and large businesses alike. During each course, the candidates must demonstrate knowledge of the subject, and their performance is marked by an external assessor. We are offering the following courses for the SME Brexit Grant Fund at a discounted rate when purchased as a full package from £1,500 + VAT, alternatively, courses can be selected individually from £300 + VAT per subject.

  • Incoterms® 2020
  • Export Documentation
  • Import Procedures
  • Customs Procedures and Documentation
  • Preference Rules of Origin
  • Inward and Outward Processing

Each course can be booked invidually, please check the dates on the individual courses listed below. 

Incoterms® 2020

LCCI Member: £300.00 exc VAT
Non-Member: £350.00 exc VAT

This British Chambers of Commerce nationally accredited course looks at the Incoterms® Rules. Each rule will be examined, the general features of the rules will be explained, and the principal differences between old and new rules and changing obligations of the parties will be highlighted.

Incoterms® (International Commercial Terms) are an essential business tool for international trade. They define the risk and cost responsibilities of each party when arranging loading/unloading of the goods, delivery, import / export clearance and freight contracts.  They may be used in contract negotiations as a checklist for buyers and sellers and as a framework for international and domestic sales contracts. This course is suitable for anyone involved in international trade, especially: Distribution, Finance and Accounts, Logistics, Procurement and Sales.

Dates: 07/10/2021, 13/10/2021, 30/11/2021, 08/12/2021, 15/03/22

Export Documents

LCCI Member: £300.00 exc VAT
Non-member: £350.00 exc VAT


This course looks at which documents are necessary for international shipment and understand the export process. Documents are there to help get the goods into the destination country quickly and efficiently, while complying with HMRC regulations. They can offer benefits to both the exporter and the overseas customer, resulting in potential increased sales revenue.

This course is suitable for anyone involved in the export or import process and who are involved with the preparation of documents such as: Customer Service, Finance and Accounts, Freight Forwarders and Procurement.

Dates: 21/10/2021, 02/12/2021, 15/12/21 and 09/03/22

Import Procedures

LCCI Member: £300.00 exc VAT
​Non-member: £350.00 exc VAT

This BCC nationally accredited course will examine the importing documentation, terminology, and practical guidance on the latest procedures. It is vital to understand the responsibilities and obligations of all parties when trading internationally. This course will provide an overview of the entire importing process including calculating duty and VAT, the importance of compliance, and where to go for sources of advice.

This course is suitable for anyone within an organisation who is responsible for purchasing goods overseas and importing into the UK, especially: Customer Services, Customs Clearance, Finance and Accounts, Inward Freight, Sales and Shipping.

Dates: 03/11/2021, 16/12/2021, 23/02/22

Customs Procedures and Documentation

LCCI Member: £300.00 exc VAT
​Non-member: £350.00 exc VAT

This British Chambers of Commerce nationally accredited course will provide you with the information you need to be able to understand how to comply with customs, the legalities involved and the procedures. Understanding complicated customs procedures is vital to help save your business time and money when importing and exporting goods. 

This course is suitable for anyone involved in the import or export process, especially: Anyone new to importing and exporting, Finance and Accounts, Logistics and Procurement.

Dates: 23/09/2021, 19/10/2021, 01/12/2021, 18/02/22

Preference Rules of Origin

LCCI Member: £300.00 exc VAT
​Non-member: £350.00 exc VAT


This British Chambers of Commerce nationally accredited course will take a detailed look at the rules of origin, providing clarity, and awareness of the differences between preference and non-preference origin.

These rules are complex, and without a full understanding companies can inadvertently falsely declare the origin of good, resulting in fraudulent activity. This course will ensure you have the knowledge to establish where goods originate from, ensure compliance, and to take advantage of reduced tariff rates where possible. This course is suitable for anyone involved in the import and export process, especially: Finance and Accounts, Logistics, Sales, Shipping and Procurement.

Dates: 23/09/2021, 05/10/2021, 17/11/2021

Inward and Outward Processing

LCCI Member: £300.00 exc VAT
​Non-member: £350.00 exc VAT

This British Chambers of Commerce nationally accredited course looks at the advantages of claiming inward and outward processing relief, how commodity codes help, and the documentation required. Inward and outward processing are methods of claiming relief from customs duties and VAT when importing into the UK, allowing companies to be more competitive by reducing costs.This course is suitable for anyone involved in international trade, especially those involved in understanding cost savings, such as: Finance and Accounts, Freight Forwarders, Procurement and Shipping.

Dates:  28/09/2021, 11/11/21 and 15/12/21

Customs Declarations Training

LCCI Member: £280.00 exc VAT
Non-member: £350.00 exc VAT

An introduction to trade, importing goods into the UK and exporting goods out of the UK, ensuring your Customs Declarations are compliant with HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs) This online customs training includes flexible, bite-sized e-learning modules and a live webinar with an industry expert. 

This course is suitable for employees who need an overview of special customs regimes and some guidance on what information goes on a Customs Declaration Form, delivered by the experts.

If you work in one of the following departments of a trading business in the UK, this course will be beneficial to you: Shipping, Logistics, Distribution, Finance, Export administration and Export sales administration.

Dates: 14/10/2021,03/11/2021

HMRC Customs Compliant Agent Training - Exporting Goods (2-Day Course Including an Advisory Consultation)

LCCI Member: £2,000.00 exc VAT
Non-Member: £2,500.00 exc VAT

This course is dedicated to Customs Intermediary Operations Training specifically for businesses exporting goods out of the UK. The course is delivered as a 2-day intensive module. Export Customs Intermediary training includes a pre-course online e-learning module and the 2-day live technical training module.

CUSTOMS INTERMEDIARY RULES AND REGULATIONS:

o   Customs Declarations and trade statistics

o   The UK Tariff Volumes 1-3

o   Tariff classification at export

o   Harmonised System

o   Export Custom Procedure Codes

o   HMRC CHIEF and CDS overview

o   Penalties for non-compliance

EXPORT DECLARATIONS REQUIREMENTS 

o   Entry requirements box by box and ChamberCustoms Export module

o   Inputting declarations on specialised software

o   Additional checks and Licensing controls

o   Tariff Measures 

o   Post clearance amendments 

The course is structured interactively, with plenty of space for practical application. 

You will have the opportunity to practice inputting export declarations on the training system, working from set scenarios with the trainers’ support.

Although we will use commercial software in sessions, the course is agnostic to a specific supplier. You will be able to use any commercially available software to file your customs declarations.

HMRC Customs Compliant Agent Training - Exporting Goods (2-Day Course)

LCCI Member: £1,500.00 exc VAT
Non-Member: £1,750.00 exc VAT

This course is dedicated to Customs Intermediary Operations Training specifically for businesses exporting goods out of the UK. The course is delivered as a 2-day intensive module. Export Customs Intermediary training includes a pre-course online e-learning module and the 2-day live technical training module. 

CUSTOMS INTERMEDIARY RULES AND REGULATIONS:

o   Customs Declarations and trade statistics

o   The UK Tariff Volumes 1-3

o   Tariff classification at export

o   Harmonised System

o   Export Custom Procedure Codes

o   HMRC CHIEF and CDS overview

o   Penalties for non-compliance

EXPORT DECLARATIONS REQUIREMENTS 

o   Entry requirements box by box and ChamberCustoms Export module

o   Inputting declarations on specialised software

o   Additional checks and Licensing controls

o   Tariff Measures 

o   Post clearance amendments 

The course is structured interactively, with plenty of space for practical application. 

You will have the opportunity to practice inputting export declarations on the training system, working from set scenarios with the trainers’ support.

Although we will use commercial software in sessions, the course is agnostic to a specific supplier. You will be able to use any commercially available software to file your customs declarations.

HMRC Customs Compliant Agent Training - Importing and Exporting Goods (4-Days)

LCCI Member £3,000.00 exc VAT
Non-Member: £3,500.00 exc VAT

This course is dedicated to Customs Intermediary Operations Training specifically for businesses exporting goods out of the UK and those who want to further advance their learning in importing goods into the UK.

The course is delivered as a 2-day intensive module.  

Export Customs Intermediary training includes a pre-course online e-learning module and the 2-day live technical training module.

Export Customs Intermediary training module contents, focussing on exporting goods outside of the UK:

CUSTOMS INTERMEDIARY RULES AND REGULATIONS:

o   Customs Declarations and trade statistics

o   The UK Tariff Volumes 1-3

o   Tariff classification at export

o   Harmonised System

o   Export Custom Procedure Codes

o   HMRC CHIEF and CDS overview

o   Penalties for non-compliance

EXPORT DECLARATIONS REQUIREMENTS 

o   Entry requirements box by box and ChamberCustoms Export module

o   Inputting declarations on specialised software

o   Additional checks and Licensing controls

o   Tariff Measures 

o   Post clearance amendments 

The course is structured interactively, with plenty of space for practical application. You will have the opportunity to practice inputting export declarations on the training system, working from set scenarios with the trainers’ support. Although we will use commercial software in sessions, the course is agnostic to a specific supplier. You will be able to use any commercially available software to file your declarations.  

Import Customs Intermediary Training

This training is dedicated to Customs Intermediary Operations specifically for businesses importing goods into the UK, following our training on the exporting of goods outside of the UK. 

This course is delivered as a 2-day intensive module. You will need to have completed our ‘Export Customs Intermediary Training’ before beginning Import Customs Intermediary Training. This module includes the 2-day technical training module, simulations and support.

Import Customs Intermediary training module contents, focussing on importing goods into the UK:

CUSTOMS INTERMEDIARY RULES AND REGULATIONS

o   Customs Declarations and trade statistics

o   The UK Tariff Volumes 1-3

o   Tariff classification at import

o   Import Custom Procedure Codes

o   HMRC CHIEF and CDS overview

o   Penalties for non-compliance

IMPORT DECLARATIONS REQUIREMENTS 

o   Import specific requirements box by box and ChamberCustoms Import module

o   Accessing inventory systems. The Community Systems Providers

o   Additional checks and Licensing controls

o   Tariff Measures

o   Calculating duty and Duty Valuation build-up

o   Claiming preference

o   Valuation methods (1-6)

o   Vat value adjustment

o   Tax lines

o   Post clearance amendments 

The course is structured interactively, with plenty of space for practical application. You will have the opportunity to practice inputting export declarations on the training system, working from set scenarios with the trainers’ support.

Although we will use commercial software in sessions, the course is agnostic to a specific supplier. You will be able to use any commercially available software to file your declarations.

We recommend that candidates attend Export Customs Intermediary Training and Import Customs Intermediary Training in succession. There is valuable information on exports that will help you to understand imports. 

Customs Advisory Consultation Service

LCCI Member: £2,500.00 exc VAT
​Non-member: £3,000.00 exc VAT

Customs Advisory Consultation services at ChamberCustoms are led by industry experts in their respective fields. Our international experts regularly appear as expert witnesses in parliament and provide expert advice to the government.

The Customs Consultancy offering is unique in that is it completely bespoke to your business. 

Advice and insights from experts will be entirely specific to your business and your challenges. 

The transition period has ended and many businesses we support are confused about how to interpret the changes.

With ChamberCustoms, you’ll find out exactly what these changes mean for your business, your products, the geo-locations in which you sell your goods and the markets and customers you support.

We're here with customs experts to help. 
Two days of Customs Advisory Consultation service is typically split up into:

  • 2-hour Enquiry
  • 10 hours of research, analysis and report writing
  • 2 hours of presentation and Q&A

Two Days (14 hours in total)

Some clients will need more enquiry than research, analysis and report-writing. 

Our service is completely adaptable to your needs and requirements, so the time spent on each part of the consultancy will vary based on client needs. 

In these sessions, we will typically cover: 

  • Rules of Origin
  • Preferential Tariffs
  • Supply Chain
  • Customs Processes
  • Customs Authorisations
  • Import VAT & Duty Deferment
Customs Special Procedures

LCCI Members £139.00 + VAT
LCCI Non-Members £199.00 + VAT

An introduction for businesses to the facilitations offered on Customs requirements by HMRC which can 
help speed up the movement of goods in and out of the UK and/or help save money.
Anyone involved in the international supply chain that carries out customs related activities can apply for 
Special Procedures.

Topics to be covered:
• Customs Warehousing (Storage)
• Inward and Outward Processing (Processing)
• End Use (Specific Use)
• Record keeping requirements
• The application process

Who should attend:
• Importers
• Exporters
• Freight Forwarders
• Customs Agents

This course is run by East Midlands Chamber in conjunction with LCCI.

Dates: 21/September/2021

Export Foundations

LCCI Members £260.00 + VAT
LCCI Non-Members £370.00 + VAT

This course provides a sound introduction to the role of export, giving delegates an overall picture of how the many elements of international trade fit together. Delegates get hands-on experience of some of the administration involved in getting an export consignment ready for the journey and learn the best ways 
to be sure of getting paid.
This course gives newcomers to International Trade a clear insight into basic procedures, good practice and the essential documents which they are likely to meet. Of equal importance is a discussion of the main pitfalls of non-compliance and how each of the elements examined contributes to prompt and profitable payment for the company.

This course is run by East Midlands Chamber in conjunction with LCCI.

Dates: 17 November 2021, 16 February 2022

Understanding Commodity Coding

LCCI Members £139.00 + VAT
LCCI Non-Members £199.00 + VAT

The international system for coding products for customs purposes when we trade internationally is generally regarded as complex and difficult to understand. The penalties for wrongly assigning a code to a product could be severe and relying on a freight forwarder’s judgement does not release the producer or shipper from responsibility for accurately describing the goods.
This course guides people through the process and its paperwork steadily and methodically so that everyone can arrive at an accurate HS code for their product with confidence and peace of mind.

This course is run by East Midlands Chamber in conjunction with LCCI.

Date: 12 January 2022

Letters of Credit

LCCI Members £260.00 + VAT
LCCI Non-Members £370.00 + VAT

This one-day on-line course provides a detailed information on how to be pro active in opening a letter of credit, how to work with the documents and present to the bank correctly. The course is designed for staff within the organisation that are exposed to Letters of credit not only from an admin point of view but for Sales and Purchasing departments too.

Topics Covered Include: 
• Why we use them?
• What can go wrong, how to prevent errors, a review of payment risk and the Payment Risk Ladder, 
methods of payment including where letters of credit feature in the risk ladder.
• Types of Letters of Credit, the parties involved and their roles and responsibilities, the role of the 
issuing, paying and confirming banks.
• An introduction to the rule book - UCP 600, overview international standard banking practice book 
(ISBP), the banks doctrine of strict compliance, how to prepare documentation, check lists, 
practical exercises relating to UCP 600 and preparing documents.

This course is run by East Midlands Chamber in conjunction with LCCI.

Dates: 09 November 2021 and 10 February 2022

International Trade Operations and Procedures (ITOPS)

LCCI Members £1,690.00 + VAT
LCCI Non-Members £2,364.00 + VAT

The ITOPS qualification is a practical and relevant qualification designed to prove that candidates have the necessary skills to accurately operate the administration procedures in an international trade administration environment. This four-day course is delivered in partnership with the East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire). Delegates will learn how to avoid costly mistakes and improve their international trade procedures. Some  previous delegates have saved their employers thousands of pounds. Successful candidates will be awarded the ITOPS Qualification. The course is suitable for anyone employed in an international trade environment - whether that of a manufacturer/supplier or freight forwarder.

This course is run by East Midlands Chamber in conjunction with LCCI.

Dates: 11 January 2022, 25 January 2022, 8 February 2022 and 22 February 2022

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