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. From Saturday 1 October 2022, companies will only be able to make import declarations 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.

Promote your business overseas

The Internationalisation Fund awards grants of £1K to £9K to help SMEs boost their international sales. The money can be used for third party costs, such as market research, translation, interpreters, flights, consultancy, cultural advice, social media, press and publicity, due diligence and costs relating to participation in trade fairs, trade missions and market development visits. Find out more on the DIT’s website. Applications close in December 2022.

Attend these events

UKCA markings: Q&A session
3pm, Wednesday 26 October (online)
11am, Thursday 17 November (online)
3pm, Tuesday 13 December (online)

UKCA markings: Economic operators and routes for conformity assessment
11am, Tuesday 1 November (online)
3pm, Wednesday 23 November (online)
11am, Thursday 15 December (online)

UKCA markings: Placing goods on the market in Great Britain
11am, Wednesday 12 October (online)
3pm, Thursday 3 November (online)
11am, Tuesday 29 November (online)

UKCA markings: Understanding marking and labelling requirements
3pm, Tuesday 18 October (online)
11am, Wednesday 9 November (online)
3pm, Thursday 1 December (online)
3pm, Wednesday 21 December (online)

UKCA markings: Placing goods on the market in Northern Ireland
11am, Thursday 20 October (online)
3pm, Tuesday 15 November (online)
11am, Wednesday 7 December (online)

If you know of a relevant event, let us know so we can share the information.

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This page was last updated in September 2022.