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.

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International News

Local Export Partnership launch.

20th November 2017

Inverness Chamber is delighted to be part of the Local Export Partnership which we are implementing for the Highlands and Islands. 

Details of the Local Export Partnership were announced in today's Press & Journal with Inverness Chamber responsible for the Highlands and Islands programme. Inverness Chamber International was designed, at its creation in 2014, to help SME’s across the Highlands and Islands take advantage of export opportunities and is ideal for companies at all stages of their export journey. As well as providing Documentation and Certification services our engagement with SME’s, in the areas of technical support, training and market access makes up 50% of our activity. The long-term ambition of the LEP will be to provide a support mechanism for SME’s in the Highlands and Islands region, led by the Chamber in partnership with the public sector, helping a minimum of 200 SME’s to export for the first time in a strategic manner, all with their bespoke export action plans aimed at their specific capabilities and needs. The LEP would look to raise awareness of the “why to, how to and who can help” of International Trade, which will align and integrate with existing support structures to ensure co-ordination and lack of duplication. The core purpose of the LEP would be to open the eyes and minds of the SME’s to the opportunities available to them and to similar sized SME’s; to look to export as a means of growth, to take away some of the myths that surround exporting and to provide the most effective next steps for those who wish to develop their export plans. More information will be available about our plans soon, in the meantime contact Madison on 01463 228387 or email if you have any questions. 

International Business Dinner to promote trade links.

19th September 2017

Chief Exectuive, Stewart Nicol is delighted to be invited to the International Business Dinner in Glasgow with guest of honour and China's U.K ambassador, Liu Xiaoming. 

The event hosted by Scottish Chambers of Commerce will see some 200 businesses with prospective links to the Chinese market join together with the chance to grow business-to-business relationships with the 1.4 billion boasting population. 

For more info about the event click here

Impact on VAT for imports and exports following Brexit

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.