Inverness Chamber International
Support to grow your business overseas. Be part of the global network.
Inverness Chamber International has been specifically designed to help you take advantage of export opportunities to grow your business. It is ideal for companies at all stages of the export journey - whether new to exporting, an experienced exporter or just exploring your options, then Inverness Chamber of Commerce can help. Follow the links to the right or the bottom of the page to find out more about our services.
Real business support to achieve your global ambitions.
To find out more, call the Inverness Chamber International Trade Helpline on 01463 228387 or visit http://exportbritain.org.uk/services/
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Inverness Chamber of Commerce are gearing up to add customs declaration services as part of our International Trade offering through our affiliation with British Chambers of Commerce. ChamberCustoms is the customs brokerage service from Chambers of Commerce in the UK.
It’s different from other brokerage services by harnessing the reach, expertise and knowledge of the Chamber network to offer an unbeatably fast, reliable and compliant service.
ChamberCustoms are the only customs broker in the country to offer a ‘One Stop Shop’ with direct links to all sea, air and road ports and terminals in the UK. We'll help you keep control while we do the hard stuff, acting in your best interests every time.
From 31 December 2020, the number of customs declarations made by traders is forecast to increase from 55 million to around 300 million every year. Businesses that import or export goods will need to complete a lot more administration when clearing goods through UK ports.
ChamberCustoms is ready to respond to increased demand for compliant-led services. Traders need to accurately account for border clearances, need to get it right every time and need certainty in calculating VAT and Duty liability for imports. We can help.
ChamberCustoms offers an HMRC compliant service that you can trust.
The UK’s impending departure from the European Union will bring change for businesses of every size and sector.
62% of UK businesses aren't preparing for Brexit. The BCC has created a checklist to help firms consider the changes that Brexit may bring to their firm and to help them plan.
View the British Chamber of Commerce's post-transition Brexit checklist here.
Enterprise Europe Network Profiles - International Partners Wanted
The Enterprise Europe Network is a project delivered and supported by two economic development agencies of Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Highland Council and are one of the delivery partners involved in the Highlands and Islands Export Partnership. Enterprise Europe Network offers support and advice to businesses across Europe, with their services being specifically designed for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), although all businesses are able to access this support.
The network enables business to search for partners to manufacture, distribute co-develop and supply their products, ideas and business. Below is a selection of profiles where businesses are searching for international partners.
Belgian designer of men's wear is looking for a producer of garments to cooperate in a manufacturing agreement from Romania, Portugal or Scotland
Slovenian manufacturer and designer of a product that helps prevent carpal tunnel syndrome seeks producers of plastic casings
French company is looking for manufacturing agreement for natural and scented candles
A Czech company is searching for subcontractors from the field waste water and water treatment and energy
A Polish company is specialized in comprehensive services for the arrangement and decoration of interiors. The company is looking for high quality products to complement its existing product range which can be distributed in Poland, therefore the company is looking for producers of window decorations, wall and floor decorations, upholstery fabrics, candles, vases and other decorative elements.
A Finnish corporate venturing house is looking for new technologies from start-ups and growth companies to apply for an accelerator program in the maritime field. Applicants are expected from focus areas which are such as waste management, new materials, energy efficiency, artificial intelligence, operational efficiency and transparency and safety. The deadline for proposal submissions is August 11th 2019.
More info can be found here: https://lab.maritimeaccelerator.com/en/challenge/maritime-accelerator-2019. Also applications will be submitted there.
There is news regarding 2018 accelerator: https://www.epressi.com/tiedotteet/yrittajyys/finnish-maritime-accelerator-programme-accelerated-new-co-operation.html.
For more information, please see the Enterprise Europe Network website: https://www.enterprise-europe-scotland.com/content/search/
Imports and Exports
Imports and exports
What will be the significant changes caused by the UK leaving the EU?
Imports and exports refer only to supplies of goods outside of the UK, and currently, outside of the EU. The major change is that goods moved to and from the EU will be treated as imports and exports. Thus, all the duty and VAT rules that apply to imports (or exports) will apply to goods moving in and out of the EU — see below for supplies of services.
Will duty rates change?
Currently, the EU sets duty rates charged on imports. When the UK leaves the EU, it can set its own duty rates. Duty rates may not move markedly in the short term. If rates are increased, it is possible that other countries will increase the duties charged to the UK.
Will duty rates charged by other countries on UK exports change?
Again, these may not change significantly in the short term. Rates will be subject to trade negotiations. As the EU has had responsibility for trade negotiations the UK has few, if any, trade negotiations. This may make it difficult for the UK in the early years to come to trade agreements (particularly free-trade agreements) with other countries.
Will valuation rules, duty reliefs and suspension regimes change?
It is not expected that there will be significant changes to these. Some rules, such as valuation rules, are determined by the World Trade Organization and are independent of the EU.
Will the import document C88 still be used for imports?
The C88, Single Administrative Document, is an EU document that is used for imports into all EU countries. A replacement form will be necessary, although there is no reason why this should not be very similar if not identical to the current import document. It is not expected that import procedures will change significantly, but some may be necessary.
EU supplies of goods
What duty rate will apply to supplies of goods to and from the EU?
Currently, no duty is charged on the supply of goods to or from the EU. It is not known what duties, if any, will be applied. This will be one of the major areas of negotiation between the EU and the UK. Options include, no duties being applied, using the current duty rates that the EU applies to third party countries, or some other variation. Undoubtedly, many will be hoping for no duty to be applied, but others may want duties to be applied to protect UK industries (or in the EU to protect EU industries).
Will it be necessary to complete Intrastats forms after Brexit?
Intrastats are used to gather information about the transfer of goods between the EU Member States. As the UK will no longer be in the EU, there will no longer be any need for Intrastats. The information that was gathered by these forms will be collected using the replacement import and export documents (the forms that will replace the C88 forms used for imports and exports currently).
Will the triangulation facility for supplies to third-party customers still be available?
Triangulation is an administrative easement to allow the single market to operate where goods are supplied to one customer in another Member State, but are immediately supplied to another customer in another Member State. Without this easement it would be required to register for VAT in the Member State of the first customer. Triangulation is not available to businesses that are not established in the EU. It is assumed that following exit from the EU, the UK supplier will be required to register in each country where supplies are made. This could cause a significant increase in administrative burdens. It will not impact businesses that sell goods into the EU and the customer takes possession of the goods. It will only be an issue where goods are sold on to another customer, or goods are diverted from a previous sale to a second customer.