30 days.... Then Transition Ends - Ask the Expert - Recovery Programme

Event Details

Wednesday, 2 December, 2020 -
14:30 to 15:30
Zoom webinar
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Join us on our brand-new 'recovery programme' virtual events which support businesses to restart, rebuild and renew.

With only a few weeks left until the end of the Transition Period, companies need to be advanced in their readiness for new border controls, customs arrangements and supply chain processes.

Content / Takeaway

In this session, British Chambers customs expert Liam Smyth will provide an overview of the new border controls, their impact on trade flows as well as an update on the trade agreements that will be in place after 31st December. As businesses seek to protect their existing customers and supply lines, Liam will be on hand to answer questions from those attending the session. He can provide information on customs matters including, duty deferment, postponed VAT accounting, as well as what customs declarations are and where to get them. At the end of the session delegates will:-

  1. Have an understanding of the new border controls for goods from 01/01/21
  2. Have a list of 10 mission-critical actions they should have completed by now, or have done before the end of the year
  3. Have guidance on freeing up cash flow through the use of customs authorisations
  4. Have an overview of how trade agreements can help or hinder competitiveness

When you register for your place, you will be sent a calendar invitation as confirmation of your place. The invite will include a unique link from Zoom for you to join the video call. 

About the Speaker

Liam Smyth, Director – Trade Facilitation at British Chambers of Commerce

Liam is Director of Trade Facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC).  He is accountable to DIT and HMRC for the regulation and delivery of trade documentation services throughout the UK chamber network. He engages with government departments on future trade policy and the impacts of Brexit. He represents the Chamber Network on several Government working groups, contributes to consultations, and he is the BCC delegate at the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and to the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) Technical Committee on Origin.

More recently he has led the development of a new customs declarations service across the UK Network. ChamberCustoms is the first UK Customs Broker to offer clearance of goods through every inventory linked port in the United Kingdom and will offer-traders high standards of assurance and HMRC compliance in moving goods across the UK border.

Before joining the BCC in 2017, Liam was Deputy CEO at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. He previously held many commercial and non-executive roles in the media and retail sectors.

About British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce sits at the heart of a unique network of businesses across the UK.

Working together, we help firms of all sizes to achieve more. We believe it’s our relationships with others that lead us to achieve goals beyond those we could ever achieve alone. We’re the only organisation that helps British businesses to build relationships on every level. Across our network, we can connect your business locally, nationally and internationally, with other businesses, decision-makers and opportunities. We’re also a respected voice for business.

Our opinions are regularly sought by policymakers and parliamentarians and we’ve been helping to shape the UK’s business agenda for more than 150 years. The Chamber network sits at the heart of local business communities in every part of the UK, helping businesses of every size and sector to thrive.

We help businesses to connect, succeed and grow.


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