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Transporting your goods can become a daunting process, but rest assured there is a network of people and organisations ready to help. The County Chamber, DCCI, plays a key role in helping exporters transport their goods to destinations all over the world. They work closely with the British Chambers of Commerce to influence key policies based on the experience of exporters. Various documentation is requested by overseas buyers on a regular basis, and DCCI can guide you through the process.
The current practice of issuing export documentation in the UK is recognised around the world as the benchmark for the level of due diligence. There are strict procedures in place to ensure everything is accounted for and a standardised system is in place for exporters to adhere to.
The following documents fall under this category:
Often requested as foreign customs recognise these documents as confirmation of where the goods come from i.e. their country of origin. It may be requested as part of a Letter of Credit or a simple customs request due to trade quotas on certain types of goods.
This document serves the same purpose as the European version, however it is only valid for goods going to countries that are members of the Arab League. Again, this is a frequent requirement in Letters of Credit. Very important to clarify which version is required when dealing with customers from Arabic countries, as this version also requires Legalisation by the Embassy in the UK.
Trade Agreements are in place between the UK and many countries around the world, allowing exporters to take advantage of preferential rates of duty. This must be in accordance with the preferential origin criteria set out in several Customs Notices. Goods manufactured in the EU can qualify for zero-rated or reduced import duty to countries operating within these Trade Agreements.
Due to the special trade agreement in place between the UK and Turkey, goods can be exported with a zero rate of duty if all previous duties have been cleared. Turkish customs will request this if the buyer in Turkey claims exemption from import duty.
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In practice, these documents should be presented with each consignment to ensure the transportation of goods isn’t held up needlessly at customs. Of course it doesn’t always work like this, so this is the perfect opportunity to relay this information to any potential customers so it can be taken care of as early as possible. This is especially useful when dealing with new customers in areas of instability.
All these documents mentioned above will cover goods exported permanently on a commercial basis, but you can also obtain documentation for temporary exports. You can normally obtain Temporary Importation Bonds through your shipping broker, but there is an alternative which is available only through Dorset Chamber.
An ATA Carnet allows you to export goods on a temporary basis to multiple destinations during its 12 month validity. This opens up the doors for exporters looking at their export strategy for the next 12 months, and most importantly allows you to plan ahead with the knowledge of savings made on import duties. The Carnet will follow the goods on their journey like a ‘passport’ ensuring no import duties are charged due to the nature of the movement.
This ‘passport for goods’ will allow you to export goods on a temporary basis for the following:
• International trade fair/exhibition
• Commercial samples
• Professional equipment for contracted work overseas
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By now you should be familiar with the different types of documentation that may be requested, the next step is to get in touch with us to apply for them.
Please click here to register as a new exporter with Dorset Chamber.
Other Services and Information
Embassy’s, Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Public Notaries
Some types of documentation will require further recognition, and this will come in the form of Legalisation by an Embassy. The Chamber has a close working relationship with all Embassies based in the UK and we will take care of the whole process giving you peace of mind. Also, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office provide an Apostille Service which is sometimes needed in addition to a Public Notary preparing paperwork for you.
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UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
UKTI has a customer commitment to helping its UK and international customers by providing a range of services, to a high standard and improve customer service by listening to customer feedback.
They also have a co-ordination role across government to establish a more systematic approach to relationships with companies which are the most economically significant investors and exporters.
How UKTI Can Help
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) staff are experts in Helping Your Business Grow Internationally. They provide expert trade advice and practical support to UK-based companies wishing to grow their business overseas. With 2,400 staff and a presence in 96 countries, UKTI can assist you on every step of the exporting journey. Whatever stage of development your business is at, they can give you the support that you need to expand and prosper.
Through a range of unique services, including participation at selected trade fairs, outward missions and providing bespoke market intelligence, UKTI can help you crack foreign markets and get to grips quickly with overseas regulations and business practice.
Passport to Export
UKTI’s Passport to Export Service assesses a company’s readiness for international business, and helps it build international trade capacity.
How Can "Passport to Export" Help Me?
Passport to Export is an assessment and skills-based programme that provides new and inexperienced exporters with the training, planning and ongoing support they need to succeed overseas. The programme puts together in one simple responsive process all the tools that exporting companies need to grow their business.
Companies receive an indepth capability assessment, and face to face training from export professionals. This will help them understand the stages of export in relation to your own business, and develop a focused action plan. Passport can also help with market selection, market research and support for visits to potential markets.
Passport is structured, but flexible enough to be tailored to meet the needs of the company. Throughout the process the company benefits from expert advisory support from a local International Trade Advisor to help deliver the elements of support.
Passport is delivered by UKTI’s regional teams. Each region works within a national framework to ensure consistency of delivery but the process has been developed to allow them to reflect local variations and strengths in delivering the process.
The entire process is subject to a passport delivery standard which is monitored regularly to maintain quality of delivery.