International Trade Advisory Service

New Trade Agreements bring new opportunities, but also new challenges. Since the start of 2021, we have responded to 1000s of enquiries from SMEs and large corporations seeking advice on all aspects of EU and wider international trade.

To help UK businesses navigate the new trading landscape, we have enlisted a panel of trusted advisors to provide clarity and offer guidance on a wide range of related subjects.

This service is open to Members, Community Network and Non-members.

How the advisory service works

Our team has a wealth of international trade experience and are on hand to support your business. Simply complete this short form with your enquiry and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

If we are unable to directly assist with your enquiry, we will connect you to a trusted advisor for a complimentary consultation. If you require ongoing support following the initial consultation, the trusted advisor will provide you with a quotation for the required services. You are under no obligation to enlist their services.

LCCI Advisory and Support Services

Customs Procedures

LCCI’s team of in-house experts can assist with any queries on customs procedures, in relation to trade with both the EU and the rest of the world. In addition to general guidance, we have created a range of packages to assist you with your international trade requirements, including bespoke consultancy services.

About LCCI's consultancy services

Trade Documentation

To ensure that things go as smoothly as possible when importing or exporting goods, it’s essential that you possess the correct documentation – requirements can vary from country to country and the nature of the goods is often a key factor. LCCI’s trade documentation team is on hand to offer advice and guidance.

About LCCI's Trade Documentation

Rules of Origin

Declaring the correct origin of goods is vital, especially in the context of imported goods, as this will determine the trade policy measures applied to those items and in some cases, whether you’re able to claim preferential duty. Rules of Origin can vary depending on the trade agreement – for complex Rules of Origin matters, we will connect you with our Trusted Advisor Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

Tariff Classification

The Harmonised System is used to classify all items exported and imported worldwide. To classify an item, it needs to be dissected into different layers depending on its nature, functionality and the processes it has been subjected to. We can connect you with a trusted advisor, who will be able to guide you on this process and help ensure that the correct commodity codes are identified.

Arbitration and Mediation

Arbitration and mediation is a cost-effective and time efficient way to help businesses resolve commercial disputes without going to court. Delivered by an expert panel of arbitrators and mediators, London Chamber of Arbitration and Mediation offers innovative arbitration, expedited arbitration and mediation services, using blockchain technology to provide a confidential and secure process.

Business Visas

When travelling for business purposes, it’s essential that you are aware of the destination country’s entry requirements and that you have obtained the appropriate visa. If you are planning an overseas business trip and require advice, our trusted advisor CIBT Visas will be able to help – in 2020 alone, CIBT assisted nearly 1million individuals in obtaining international travel documents.

VAT Reclaim

One of the key challenges many businesses are facing in relation to the UK’s Trade Cooperation Agreement with the EU is VAT compliance. For advice and guidance on this subject, we can connect you with our trusted advisor VAT IT, the company behind re:TRADE, the world’s first holistic service that tackles all logistics, customs, VAT compliance processes and refund mechanisms efficiently.

International Expansion

Whether you are considering international expansion as part of your business strategy or as a means of overcoming trade barriers and tariffs, obtaining expert advice and support is paramount. Our trusted advisor for international expansion is PraxisIFM, a company with an extensive global network, providing international and cross-jurisdictional solutions to individuals and businesses.

Meet LCCI’s Trusted Advisors

CIBT

SPECIALISM: BUSINESS VISAS

With more than 50 years' experience, CIBT has become the largest and most well-established travel visa and passport company in the world. We are proud that over 75% of FORTUNE 500 companies and the world’s largest tour operators and cruise lines are our clients. LCCI Members are eligible for a 20% discount on CIBTvisas services.

Harrison Clark Rickerbys

Specialism: Rules of Origin and Commodity/Tariff Codes

Harrison Clark Rickerbys, a law firm, has 800+ staff in eleven offices across the UK. It charges regional rates and advises in most fields of law. It has particular expertise in cross-border matters, having an international network of 35+ countries and five hubs: Shanghai, Mumbai, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Boston.

PraxisIFM

SPECIALISM: BUSINESS EXPANSION

We provide a wide range of bespoke professional services to corporate clients, individuals and families. Established in 1972, PraxisIFM is an independent financial services group providing global professional administration services across Private Wealth & Corporate and Pensions. Our London office was established in September 2017.

VAT IT

SPECIALISM: VAT RECLAIM

re:TRADE is a Supply chain management business, who works with companies to identify opportunities to streamline their movement of goods cross-border. Re:TRADE Aligns internal departments and external suppliers to centralise processes, eliminate customer dissatisfaction and delays at the border, ultimately providing a one-stop solution for all your cross-border needs.

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