Sheffield Chamber appointed official delivery agent for ChamberCustoms

Following significant investment in training and resource, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has been appointed an official delivery agent for ChamberCustoms, a new customs declarations service launched by the British Chambers of Commerce.

Sheffield Chamber was delighted to welcome Mr Liam Smyth, Director of Trade Facilitation for the British Chamber of Commerce, to Sheffield to officially launch the service in July 2019.

Delivered locally, this new service will offer traders a high level of compliance with HMRC procedures with direct links to all sea, air and road ports and terminals in the UK.

Nick Patrick, Head of International Trade at Sheffield Chamber, said:

“It is fantastic to officially launch this new service in partnership with the BCC. We have built our new system to meet the requirements of the Union Customs Code (UCC), support the anticipated future import and export growth of the UK, and provide businesses with access to more of their customs information in one place.”

What are the benefits of using the SITC as your customs broker for exports and imports?

For over 40 years the UK’s British Chambers of commerce have been entrusted with generating and certifying Certificates of Origin and preferential trade documents to ensure UK exporters’ goods are able to enter and be cleared in foreign countries with minimal delay and cost. We have a proven track record in being a partner that both international trade companies and government authorities can trust.

Following discussions across Government and recognising the potential increase from 55m declarations to over 290m after Brexit, the BCC created a high level programme for training trade experts in Chambers across the UK to deliver this new service.

Crucially there are 200,000 businesses in the UK who ONLY trade with Europe, and who have never had to complete the normal import and export documentation because of our membership of the EU. This is going to represent a very steep learning curve for many businesses and so Sheffield Chamber of Commerce International Trade Centre is launching ChamberCustoms so that we can offer Customs Brokerage and Trade Facilitation services to companies that need our help.

Why are we offering customs clearance services?

Currently there are circa 55 million declarations submitted to HMRC every year for imports and exports to and from the UK, post Brexit it is predicted that this figure could rise by an additional 200 million declarations as companies trading with the EU will have to follow global trade rules. This clearly will put enormous strain on the import and export systems.

In addition, the British Chambers of Commerce have enabled all participating chambers, including Sheffield Chamber International Trade Centre to have access to port badges for ALL sea, air and road ports and terminals in the UK. This will put us in a good position to work with our freight forwarders who may not have access to all UK port badges. Furthermore, Sheffield Chamber International Trade Centre has access to faster payments through deferment and the flexible accounting system to make import clearance payments to HMRC. This will speed up clearance for importers that don’t have their own deferment account.

The Sheffield Chamber have made significant investments in the Sheffield International Trade Centre over the last year and have expanded their portfolio to offer a fully comprehensive import and export service. The new services include Customs Compliance audits, Trusted Trader consultancy, Import & Export declarations and Trade Facilitation.

For more information please contact the Sheffield International Trade Centre on 0114 201 8888,

Caption: Liam Smyth, Melanie Rippon, Nicola Lomas and Nicholas Patrick