International trade

Where can my Sandwell business get support with trading overseas? How do I find international opportunities for my Sandwell company?

We originally set up this page to help Sandwell businesses navigate through new rules brought about by Brexit. Now it highlights opportunities for accessing international markets and trading overseas.

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Get support with overseas trading

West Midlands Growth Hubs
The West Midlands Growth Hubs can support businesses by offering one-to-one consultations with a growth hub account manager, providing access to grants and funds, signposting useful resources and making referrals to the Department for International Trade. To access this free support, visit the website.

Chambers of Commerce
The Black Country Chamber of Commerce offers a range of services to its members to help make international trade as smooth as possible, such as translation services, export documentation services, currency exchange advice. It sends out an International Trade and Export Update email newsletter. Visit the website for more information. You can also watch short Brexit support videos on YouTube.

The Chamber also runs training courses on a range of topics relating to international trade, such as customs procedures and documentation, export documentation and understanding the Incoterms 2020 rules. For more information, dates and prices, visit the website.

As well as localised Black Country Chamber resources, the national British Chambers of Commerce website has a Trade Hub with information and links.

There is also ChamberCustoms, a customs advisory, training and brokerage service delivered through the Chambers of Commerce across the UK. Find out more about the service on the website.

National Government
The government’s GOV.UK website is a comprehensive source of information and advice on all aspects of EU transition and international trade.

Important notice: deadline approaching!
The old customs system, Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight (CHIEF), will soon close as the more modern and secure Customs Declaration Service (CDS) takes its place. Companies can now make import declarations only through CDS. Export declarations must go through CDS from Saturday 1 April 2023. Further information about using the Customs Declaration Service, including a toolkit and checklists, is available on GOV.UK.

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This page was last updated in February 2023.


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