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All the latest news, views & overseas events:

July 2020

NEW! Grants available: 

The next phase of the customs grant scheme is now open for applications. It sees a record £50 million investment as part of the measures to accelerate growth of the customs intermediary sector and help meet the increased demand it will see from traders at the end of the transition period.

Customs intermediaries – including customs brokers, freight forwarders and express parcel operators – as well as traders who complete their own declarations, are among those who can now apply for grant funding to support with recruitment, training and IT to handle customs declarations.

The grant can cover salary costs for new or redeployed staff, up to a limit of £12,000 per person and £3,000 for recruitment costs for new employees. This will help them to recruit new staff and train them up ahead of July 2021, when all traders moving goods will have to make declarations.

The grant scheme will continue to offer financial support for training costs to upskill staff and for IT that will allow greater efficiency. The grant for IT will cover expenses for increasing capacity or productivity for customs declarations, customs software, set-up costs, and related hardware.

Grants will be issued on a first come, first served basis. Applications will close on 3‌0 J‌un‌e 2021, or earlier if all funding is allocated. For more information on the scheme and how to apply, please read the guidance on GOV.UK.​ 

2025 UK Border Strategy Public Consultation

This consultation seeks the views and expertise of stakeholders to help develop the 2025 UK Border Strategy and ensure that the government and industry are able to work in partnership together to deliver a world class border.

The government’s ambition is to create the world’s most effective border by 2025, to ensure the UK becomes an even more attractive place to travel to and do business with. It will ensure the UK is better protected against crime, terrorism and environmental and biosecurity threats.

Find out more.

Businesses that import and export goods, step by step guides

From 1 January 2021 the process for importing and exporting goods will change. Find out what you need to do to continue to:

Import goods from the EU

Export goods to the EU

Border Operating Model

Following extensive engagement with industry the Government has published the Border Operating Model. The Model provides clarity and certainty for the border industry and businesses, including technical detail on how the border with the European Union (EU) will work after the transition period and the actions that traders, hauliers, ports and carriers need to take.

Find out more.

The UK Government has launched a straightforward checker tool at will quickly identify the specific steps any business or individual needs to take to be ready for the end of Transition 31 December 2020.  

The government has also announced:

  • Controls will be placed on the movement of goods between Great Britain and the EU, with new border controls being introduced in three stages up until 1 July 2021. Details can be found in the Border Operating Model.

  • Further details on the new points-based immigration system from 1 January 2021.

‘The UK’s new start: let’s get going’ Transition Period Campaign

The Government has today launched the new communications campaign designed to support businesses and citizens to get ready for the end of the Transition Period. This includes a new step-by-step guide for importing, and one for exporting.

In addition – there’s a good detailed summary document which you can read here.

It is vital that all Suffolk businesses and in particular importers and exporters are fully prepared for the UK leaving the EU Customs Union and Single Market on 1st January 2021.  Trade Business Advisors Koyas Miah ( and Michael Chapman ( are at hand to provide free and impartial advice and guidance on our future trading and business relationship with the EU.

June 2020

British & Colombian Chamber of Commerce - 'what's on' - shape the future together: all upcoming events

Latin Chambers networking event 30 June

‘Bounce back’ plan for agriculture, food and drink industry launched

Government accelerates border planning for the end of the Transition Period

The British Chamber Singapore is delighted to invite you to Jim Collins – Good To Great, a live virtual event.

Opportunities in Malaysia - Food & Drink Sector

UK-China Business Week 2020 Programme 

Consumer Goods: Trends, Opportunities and Operations in Singapore & S.E Asia

February 2020

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021.

Opportunity for Suffolk businesses to contribute to shaping future UK trade policy

January 2020

Brexit Transition Period and Beyond - useful information