Chamber hosts training course with renowned exports expert

One of the UK’s leading experts on exports delivered a training course organised by Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Department for Enterprise.

Date: Thursday 01 August 2019

One of the UK’s leading experts on exports delivered a training course organised by Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Department for Enterprise.

Jeff Lewis, who has an international reputation as an independent export adviser, delivered the one day Customs Procedures and Export Documents Training Course at the iMuseum in Douglas. It was open to Chamber members and non-members and was well supported with around 30 delegates attending. The course covered a wide range of topics and tasks, including how to complete documents correctly, ensure that shipments are made in a cost-effective and efficient manner, and discussions about how to prepare for the impact of Brexit.

Rebecca George, Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce CEO, said:

“A poor understanding of international trade procedures often costs businesses time and money and can even result in heavy fines. This training course was designed to help businesses avoid those pitfalls by developing an understanding of the key requirements when shipping products globally. It was a privilege to welcome Jeff who is a renowned expert on the subject, and we must thank him and the Department for Enterprise for supporting this event. It was excellent to see so many people attending, and it was also a good opportunity for us to remind delegates about Chamber’s role as an accredited association for the authorisation of Certificates of Origin for exporters, a service Chamber has provided since 1991.”

Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented:

“As part of our initiatives to help businesses prepare for Brexit, and to encourage exports from the Island more generally, we identified this course and provider as relevant to business needs and have been delighted to work jointly with the Chamber on bringing its delivery to the Island. Furthermore, we have recently updated our Business Improvement Scheme to give up to 50% funding towards businesses looking to engage Brexit consultancy services.”

A Certificate of Origin is an international trade document that certifies that goods in a particular export shipment are wholly obtained, produced, manufactured or processed in a particular country. Every two years the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) carry out an audit to make sure that standards are being maintained by organisations authorised as ‘Issuing Bodies’. Last year Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce was praised in the most recent BCC audit for its overall standard of documentation and procedures.

Rebecca George added:

“We can provide Certificates of Origin to anyone exporting goods, and our members benefit from significant discounts on our fees, and the knowledge and skills of our excellent Office Manager, Julie Stephens, who has over 10 years’ experience in certification documentation.”

Jeff Lewis is an approved international trainer for the Institute of Export, chamber of commerce, and other independent training organisations. In addition, Jeff is a tutor on the new international foundation degree from the Institute of Export which is run in conjunction with Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, and he is a committee member of the North West Branch of the Institute of Export.

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