International Trade Manifesto

Published 21st Jan 2022 by MY Export Hub

Our aim is to double the number of UK firms exporting and if we use the considerable expertise, knowledge, skills and networking ability at our disposal then I believe we can truly make a difference to the future of our network and the UK economy.

TRADE IS GOOD

At the British Chambers of Commerce, we believe that international trade can make every business a better one. Chambers of Commerce have a long history of successful delivery of trade facilitation, trade promotion and support services, underpinned by a strong policy development capability, with expertise and knowledge both at the centre and through the whole network

WHY IS EXPORTING AND IMPORTING SO IMPORTANT?

We are constantly asking questions of the thousands of businesses in our Chamber Network to find out what’s happening in the world of trade. The evidence is clear. Internationally active firms are more productive and resilient.

EXPORT READINESS

How Accredited Chambers Help

EXPORT READINESS ASSESSMENT

Chambers will evaluate the appropriateness of a company’s products and services for export, and the infrastructure they have in place to support international trade. They will then guide companies on how to become export ready. A detailed assessment includes reviews of intellectual property risks, trademarks, branding, packaging, pricing, safety certification, customs regulations and relevant legislation.

EXPORT MARKET SEMINARS

Chambers hold regular international trade-focused seminars, open to both members and non-members, which give exporters access to a wealth of information and advice. It’s a chance to ask questions, meet fellow exporters and speak to other businesses considering a move into international trade. The peer-to-peer guidance they get at these events is really appreciated as exporters want to hear from people with expertise and practical experience of entering a new territory.

EXPORT READINESS OVERSEAS MARKET INTELLIGENCE

Market research is essential in making sure that a company’s efforts are directed towards the right export targets. Chambers help exporters find the key markets for their business by considering ease of access and the level of demand for the product. Once a market has been targeted Chambers provide specific intelligence such as customs requirements and contacts via the Global Business Network, DIT contacts and Chambers’ relationships with other ‘in market’ organisations.

RISK MANAGEMENT Exporters face several risks that can negatively impact a business, such as non-payment of invoices, political uncertainties, or intellectual property theft. To minimise and avoid these risks, Chambers provide businesses with market intelligence and detailed information that help them analyse their risks and opportunities, so that they can make the right export choices.

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