Never under estimate the help and invaluable support your local Chamber of Commerce can provide you as an exporter or importer and it is not just all about documentation.
At national level 'EXPORT BRITAIN' is an excellent source of information, guidance and help.
At International level you have the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
ICC with a global network of over 6 million members in more than 100 countries, they work to promote international trade, responsible business conduct and a global approach to regulation through a unique mix of advocacy and standard setting activities – together with market leading dispute resolution services.
The ICC represent business interests at the highest levels of intergovernmental decision-making, whether at the World Trade Organization, the United Nations or the G20 ensuring the voice of business is heard. It is this capacity to bridge the public and private sectors that sets them apart as a unique organization, responding to the needs of any player involved in international commerce.
The ICC also have a long history of formulating the voluntary rules by which business is conducted every day from internationally recognised Incoterms rules to the UCP 600 Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credit that are widely used in international finance.
In addition, the ICC specialise in world-class business and legal training and are an industry-leading publisher of practical tools for international business, banking and arbitration.
From the small e-commerce start-up to the multinational software company, businesses worldwide can benefit from ICC’s rules and mechanisms for the conduct of trade. Click on the links below to find out more about the ICC or Export Britain of your local chamber of commerce across East Anglia.
The China-Britain Business Council helps British and Chinese businesses and organisations work together in China, the UK and third markets around the world. With 60 years of experience and experts across the UK and China, they work in a strategic partnership with the British Chamber of Commerce in China to deliver streamlined services to their joint members.
They have a diverse, 1,000-strong membership that includes some of the UK’s largest and most established companies, some of the UK’s most dynamic and innovative SMEs, as well as leading Chinese companies. They also work closely with cities and local enterprise partnerships to help them forge the links to drive local economic development.
For more information on the CBBC click on the link below
As the largest independent private forum in the county, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce is in a perfect position to support and represent local business interests. As the voice of the business community, Suffolk Chamber is equipped to respond on behalf of local business regarding local, national and European issues.
Suffolk Chamber is a proactive organisation that lobbies and responds Responding to Government on behalf of our members on all major issues affecting the business community.
They offer their members a wide range of services from networking to international trade advice, and from national and regional representation to access to our member directory database. The breadth and depth of those services ensure their members can operate effectively and productively with an established and supportive organisation behind them.
By joining Suffolk Chamber of Commerce a member can also opt to be included their local town representation in Bury St Edmunds, Greater Ipswich, Haverhill & District, Lowestoft and Waveney and Newmarket and District.
Members of Suffolk Chamber have access to a full range of networking events and key business services. This gives Suffolk businesess a wonderful opportunity for growth within the Suffolk and wider business community.
Visit the site today by clicking on the SUffolk Chamber of Commerce link below
The Norfolk Chamber is a not-for-profit independent business and is one of 52 accredited Chambers by the British Chambers of Commerce.
They are a business membership organisation, and from start-up businesses, small and medium enterprises, and on to global brands, the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce embraces and represents the County’s business community. Their members are made up of every size and sector of business, from start-ups to large corporates, and from retail and professional services to manufacturing & engineering. Norfolk Chamber of Commerce provide networking opportunities, share knowledge, offer business services, signpost to business opportunities and inspire innovative thinking to enable companies to do better business.
Their voice is the members voice, amplified through established connections, to ensure that politicians both local and in Westminster are focused on creating and enhancing the conditions that are most conducive for economic growth in the Norfolk region.
The Chamber’s long track record of 120 years and our diverse membership makes them the pre-eminent network and most respected voice of business in Norfolk. To find out more about how Norfolk Chamber of Commerce can help you, click on the link below.
Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce is a gateway to international trade, providing Cambridgeshire’s innovative exporters with a unique combination of expert knowledge and the business connections needed to capitalise on new market opportunities and succeed in our global marketplace. For more information on how Cambridge Chamber of Commerce can help you, click on the link below
Essex Chambers of Commerce is the home of business right across the county of Essex helping businesses from SME’s through to national and international companies to succeed.
Essex Chamber of Commerce focus on three essentials to help local businesses grow
International Trade – Essex has major connections with the rest of the world through its ports and airports. Their International Trade team can help businesses make the most of exporting by helping identify overseas markets, providing training, simplifying documentation processing and preferential foreign exchange rates
Business Support – whether it is by attending one of the many networking events across the county, or their business exhibitions, promoting a members business through their electronic newsletters, HR support, online health and safety support, Essex Chamber of Commerce can help support businesses across the county.
Campaigning - Essex Chamber of Commerce are in touch with politicians and policy makers at levels of government on a regular basis and represent their members on a number of organisations throughout Essex. They regularly take their members to meet Ministers and MPs at Westminster and through the links to the British Chambers of Commerce they truly are the voice of business in Essex. For more information click on the link below.