Developing International Trade in Dorset
The International Trade team at Dorset Chamber offers support to business who export. We can help you with your export requirements including documentation, payments, customs, training and advice.
We are committed to enabling businesses to trade and to explore high growth markets overseas. The team is experienced in working with first time exporters to those already succesfully moving goods.
Our priorities include:
- Increasing the number of exporters in Dorset
- Working with UK and international networks to develop and share export opportunities
- Develop knowledge, skills and capacity of businesses to compete at a global level.
Our services are available to all businesses, with some services available at a discounted rate through membership. If you’re already exporting or you’re considering it, get in touch and see how we can help.
Our international trade services are here to help you grow, expand and do business across the globe:
We can certify export documents and arrange for 3rd party legalisation including embassies, notaries and apostille. Advice on specific country requirements provided. Commonly requested documents include Certificates of Origin, EUR1, and ATA Carnet – And all of this available online. Find out more here.
As an accredited member of the British Chambers of Commerce, we deliver the ChamberCustoms service. This is a customs declaration for UK importers and exporters, of all sizes, in every region of the United Kingdom.
With our extensive knowledge, reputation, and first-class service in facilitating international trade, we can take the hassle out of your hands when it comes to exporting and importing goods. Find out more here.
Develop your team’s export skills through our extensive training programmes. From compliance to documentation and bespoke workshops, these courses are designed to raise awareness of key issues, overcome compliance challenges and successfully move goods overseas. We also offer the Foundation Award in International Trade qualification. Find out more here.
As accredited members of the British Chambers of Commerce, we can help you access and understand new markets through our extensive networks.
International Trade Week
6-10 November, 2023
This week it’s International Trade Week! A great opportunity to expand your business globally or to optimise your current trading.
Free Online Events
Access a series of free events from the Department of Business & Trade here >>
Choose from specialist sector events to podcasts with experts and practical advice.
Free 1:1 Consultation
Our experienced International Trade team is hosting a series of informative events at Dorset Chamber House, designed to help provide you with valuable insight on optimising your import and export processes, they’re suitable for both experienced and first-time importers/exporters of goods or services.
Whether you’re looking to enter new markets, enhance compliance in your current trade activities, explore opportunities in other markets, or streamline your existing processes, book a slot and find out how we can help you broaden your global trade horizons. Book for 7 November or 9 November.
Book Meeting with Dorset Chamber Free Online International Trade Events
Supporting Business Growth through Exporting
The British Chambers of Commerce
The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have been supporting trade for over 150 years. BCC has created extensive international networks and works with businesses of all sizes. We work closely with our foreign counterparts, Governments and British exporters all over the world. In 2012, the Prime Minister launched a new partnership between the British Chambers of Commerce UK Trade & Investment and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to create an international UK business network offering more export support in high growth markets. The aim is to increase the range of practical, business to business support on the ground where businesses need support the most, starting in high growth and emerging markets.
More support is now available in Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Turkey, India, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Philippines, and UAE.
This includes 40+ British business centres and also means we now offer four areas of core support in each market:
- Market insight – meet and speak to business experts representing the UK export network
- Getting started overseas – business centres, match making or access to business services.
- Building market share – joint venture or local marketing support, access to satellite offices.
- Building regional share – introductions to region/worldwide business to business networks.
We have also removed all the hassle of searching for business support overseas and then worrying whether the chosen organisation in a faraway market is trustworthy. You can now benefit from one approved/accredited overseas business network in each market and all at the click of a button.
HM Government Department for International Trade
The Department for International Trade (DIT) are responsible for promoting British trade across the world and ensuring the UK takes advantage of the huge opportunities open to us. The new department also helps overseas companies locate and grow in the UK.
DIT are responsible for:
- Developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe
- Developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries
- Negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products)
- Providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment
Global Business Network
British Chambers based in the world’s top 40 high growth markets are being supported by DIT to offer an accredited suite of services, complementing DIT support overseas. This is rapidly developing into a B2B platform aimed at boosting support for trade between companies in the UK and those overseas – and the South West is at the forefront of this national activity.
These British Business Centres are already established in such key markets as the UAE, Poland, Turkey, South Africa, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and many other markets of importance to South West companies. Dorset Chamber, through its International trade forum will be running events, visits and channeling companies through to these networks – and we aim to see our overseas trade thrive as a result.
The International Trade Team at Dorset Chamber are very good at helping businesses find the right level of support. Sometimes an off-the-shelf solution is right, but at other times a more bespoke approach gives the best value for money and a more effective answer.
International Trade Matters
I want to thank the international trade team for their support and competence. They assist my business during difficult changes of import procedures with patience and understanding. It is rare nowadays to find such a great support. Thank you Dorset Chamber team!
The Dorset Chamber International Trade Team are a friendly team to contact and are always responsive and knowledgeable when asked for advice and support.
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