Trade Toolkit

Essential knowledge and guidance, no matter where you are on your trade journey

We have collated information on the fundamental processes of international trade, practical guidance and useful links.  A collection of resources to support you, no matter where you are on your trade journey.

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What is a Free Trade Agreement (FTA)?

FTAs are agreements made between countries that are intended to reduce/eliminate trade barriers across international borders. This doesn’t mean however, that they come without regulations and oversight.

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Exporter/Importer of Record

Clarifying the role of the Exporter of Record (EOR) and the Importer of Record (IOR). Why are their roles important? Why do businesses trading internationally use them, and what does their status allow them to do?

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Returned Goods Relief

If you’re re-importing goods into the UK that were previously exported/transported from the UK, you might be eligible for duty/VAT relief under certain conditions.

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Restriction on Hazardous Substances

Certain substances and materials, while hazardous, are essential to manufacturing in some sectors. For businesses dealing in these materials, there is a level of necessary restriction.

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Understanding REACH

REACH or Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation, and Restriction of Chemicals is the UK system which deals specifically with restrictions on chemicals.

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Advanced Tariff Rulings

Stressing over the right commodity code? Get an advanced tariff ruling!

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EUR1 Certificates

What is an EUR1, and why would you use it?

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ATA Carnets/Duplicate Lists

Which should you use, and what’s the difference?

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Exporting country guides

Find out more about the countries you are exporting to and the free trade agreements behind them.

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Incoterms 2020

Learn more about the 11 commercial terms that define the costs, risks and obligations between the buyer and seller in International Trade.

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UK Import Border Change – July 2022

Full import customs declarations were introduced on 1st January 2022, with full Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) checks and Entry Safety and Security (ENS) declarations required from 1st July 2022.

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Can you claim duty and VAT back on your trade processes?

Find out how special procedures can be applied by your business to suspend or delay the payment of duties for your export/import.

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Inward/Outward Processing

If you are exporting or importing for the purposes of ‘repairing’ or ‘processing’, you could be eligible to save money on Duty and VAT.

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Declaring Origin

This article aims to help you trade more effectively internationally by explaining the different possible methods of declaring the origin of your goods.

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