International Trade and Brexit Seminar

11 Jan 2019 09:00 - 12:00

University Of Wolverhampton
Technology Centre
Wolverhampton Science Park
Glaisher Drive
West Midlands
WV10 9RU

Members: Free
Non members: Free

Please note that we are currently fully booked but we will hopefully be able to confirm your place in the next two days.

The International Trade and Brexit Seminar will aim to address the issues and challenges that Black Country companies may face or are facing in this current global trade environment.

As we near the Brexit date, we can expect both the Home Office and HMRC to provide some answers and guidance as to what companies may be able to do to maintain efficiency and effectiveness in trade. This is a very rare opportunity in the Black Country for companies to hear directly from experts on issues such as the government’s Settlement Scheme and EU migrant workforce, and to HMRC, on issues such as global trade, tariffs, VAT, and the new Customs Declaration Service (CDS).

Businesses will also be guided by experts in Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) status and its accreditation process, Market Selection & Research, applying for Approved Exporter Status authorisation, and an update on ChamberCustoms, as the Chambers prepare to take on Customs Declaration Service (CDS) and assist HMRC in the move from CHIEF to CDS.
All of these issues will become more relevant to businesses as we near the March 29th Brexit date, and we hope that by attending this event businesses will find answers, reassurances and the confidence that their business operations will continue smoothly post-Brexit, as we assist them to be prepared.

Final Draft Agenda 
9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 - 9:45 Welcome – Corin Crane, Chief Executive, Black Country Chamber of Commerce.
9:45 – 9:55 Coming soon - ‘Black Country International: The Centre for Global Trade’ [packaged import export support services, trade visits and missions, International Trade Focus Group] – Gerald La Touche, International Trade Adviser.
9:55 – 10:10 ChamberCustoms and Customs Declaration Service (CDS) – Paul Wrighting, National Trade Services Manager, British Chambers of Commerce.
10:10 – 10:25 Market Research & Selection Services for SMEs – Frances Long, Market Research Consultant, Deliberate Research.
10:25 – 10:40 Authorised Economic Operator (AEO); accreditation process - Rob Pryce, Managing Director, Clearlight Customs Limited.
10:40 – 10:55 Government’s Settlement Scheme and EU migrant workforce – Peter Wilding, Brexit Adviser, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP.
10:55 – 11:05 From CHIEF to CDS – Shakil Ahmed MBCS, Senior Stakeholder Manager, HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
11:05 – 11:45 Q&A Panel: Corin Crane, Chair, [HMRC, British Chambers of Commerce, Clearlight Customs Limited, Deliberate Research, FBC Manby Bowdler LLP, Parker Norfolk & Partners Ltd].
11:45 – 12:00 Close: Thank you for coming/ Black Country Chamber of Commerce future trade support - Corin Crane, Chief Executive, Black Country Chamber of Commerce.


Booking for this event has now closed.