Exporting for success with Dorset Chamber
Enhanced services are being launched for Dorset exporters to succeed on the world stage as the UK prepares for Brexit.
Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) is stepping up its support to help businesses grow their international trade. This includes a new field-based service offering both advice on all aspects of exporting as well as sign-posting to other sources as well and bespoke training.
It comes after new figures showed that the chamber, which is Dorset’s leading business support organisation, helped more than 250 businesses export £160m worth of goods in the last financial year.
DCCI chief executive Ian Girling said: “Dorset businesses supply an incredible range of goods and service worldwide.
“With Brexit negotiations well and truly underway and ongoing political uncertainty impacting economic growth, it is more important than ever to support our exporters.
“There are likely to be many opportunities as well as challenges over the coming years and we want Dorset’s businesses best positioned to face these.
“Our enhanced international trade services build on the comprehensive support already available and will help existing exporters grow whilst also giving confidence to the many prospective businesses considering entering new markets overseas.”
The services include:
Overcoming barriers to shipping goods – expert guidance and advice to ensure goods arrive at destinations with delays or extra costs
Ensuring customs compliance – comprehensive training and advice to avoid delays or penalties because of insufficient paperwork or procedural knowledge
Gaining Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) accreditation to gain a place at the front of the queue
Documentation support – certification and arrangement of third party legalisation
Advice on specific national requirements and links with overseas chambers of commerce to support overseas business growth
These services include expert advice and support covering such key issues as presenting accurate quotations, payment terms and advice on market requirements and payments.
Customer compliance help includes such topics as classifying goods, valuations, rules of origin, and conformity assessment programmes.
AEO accreditation ensures consignments are fast tracked through customs control, significant reductions for customs guarantees and full use of customs duty relief schemes. The enhanced customs profile will no doubt prove a very helpful tool to overcome the challenges of a post-Brexit trading environment.
DCCI, Dorset’s voice of business, offers a no-fee and no obligation meeting to discuss how it can help enhance a business’s international trade opportunities.
Contact head of international trade Rob Booth on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01202 714804 for more details.