International Trade

Providing support for existing export businesses through various services

Developing International Trade in Dorset

We encourage businesses to explore high growth markets overseas for the first time, and support those already with the capacity to do so. 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.

The International Trade team at Dorset Chamber are available to offer support to businesses already exporting, and can help out with all your export requirements including documentation, payments, training and advice.

Our Services

Dorset Chamber provides support for existing export business through the following services:

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.

Export office
We’ll help you introduce pre-export processes and checks, and evaluate current practice to ensure your goods are shipped efficiently without any surprises. Extra diligence at quoting stage to cover all costs, preparing shipping documents, utilise INCOTERMS to your benefit and getting paid.

Customs compliance
Comprehensive training and review services to keep your international trade activity compliant, and benefit from the numerous Free Trade Agreements around the world. Areas such as tariff classification, export controls, rules of origin and the right paperwork are often overlooked, and they can undermine your export potential.

Formal training
Company growth in overseas markets will require an increase in market awareness and responsibilities as an exporter. Key staff can develop their export skills through a combination of courses designed to raise awareness of key issues, overcome compliance challenges and successfully move goods overseas. Formal qualifications available.

Become accredited with AEO
Benefit from customs accreditation and raise your profile as an effective international trader. AEO gives you quicker access to simplified customs procedures and in some cases the right to ‘fast-track’ your shipments through customs and security procedures.

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UK remains number one investment destination in Europe. New Foreign Direct Investment figures show the UK had a record number of inward investment projects and created second highest number of jobs ever in 2015 to 2016.
Whilst the export performance of the South West falls short in comparison to the rest of the UK, recent years have demonstrated a will to compete in overseas markets. The number of exporters is relatively low, but the value of exports has increased from £12.7bn in 2012 to over £15bn during 2015.

Supporting business growth through exporting

With the planned departure from the EU, the government has placed exports at the top of the business agenda once again. In taking a holistic approach, it can focus on improving the overall export performance and perhaps improve the balance of trade.

With the creation of new government departments, support for exporters has been given fresh impetus and will focus on two key areas: increase the number of exporters, and support existing exporters to maximise opportunities in high growth markets.

Dorset Chamber will be looking to work very closely with the Department for International Trade, who take on the responsibilities of UK Trade and Investment, the Export Control Organisation and UK Export Finance. The British Chambers of Commerce will also play a key role in helping UK businesses maximise overseas opportunities.

Dorset Chamber will help exporters by sharing key knowledge on potential markets, highlight overseas opportunities and advise best practice once routes to market have been established. We hope potential exporters will use this access to take advantage of many untapped opportunities. These opportunities and support are just a phone call or an email away.

Dorset Chamber have a wealth of experience in helping companies move goods overseas once market presence has been established. Guidance on the pre-export stage is also available, helping potential exporters prepare for new markets through our unique partnerships locally, nationally and worldwide.

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:

1. Market insight – meet and speak to business experts representing the UK export network
2. Getting started overseas – business centres, match making or access to business services.
3. Building market share – joint venture or local marketing support, access to satellite offices.
4. 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.

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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

The demand is out there, you could be too.


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.

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