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International Trade Update – Ukraine and Russia

Following the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, support has been provided for businesses that trade internationally with both countries along with support for providing humanitarian aid for the Ukraine.
Customs Easements for Humanitarian Aid
The UK Government has announced the simplification of customs processes to apply for goods intended to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine which are exported from Great Britain.

Provided the goods are not exported to, or through, Russia or Belarus, then these simplified processes apply to qualifying goods regardless of the destination to allow maximum flexibility to get aid to where the need is greatest.

The government still recommends that organisations and people, who would like to help, donate cash through trusted charities and aid organisations, rather than donating goods. Cash can be transferred quickly to areas where it is needed and individuals and aid organisations can use it to buy what is most needed.

However, businesses, charities and community organisations sending aid from British ports will be able to make a customs declaration by speaking to customs officers or simply by the act of driving through a port.

They will no longer need to complete and submit electronic customs declarations to HMRC before exporting these goods, and smaller movements will not need to use the Goods Vehicle Movement Service to pass through ports where it is in operation.

The easement will also remove other customs formalities, such as needing to notify HMRC when the goods have been exported.

For current guidance please click here

Customs broker ChamberCustoms is offering free export declarations for groups collecting and transporting humanitarian aid out of the UK.
They can support with;
  • Help you understand what will need at the UK border
  • Create an export declaration (if you need one)
  • Create a GMR for the truck going out
  • Create a GMR for the empty truck returning back to the UK
  • Provide guidance on the steps to follow
  • Create an NCTS Transit entry for exiting the UK
For further information click here
Trade with Ukraine, Russia and Belarus
You can see the governments response with latest announcements, publications and guidance here.

The British Chambers of Commerce has provided information on trade, support for employees and cyber security support here.

For advice on trading with Ukraine, Russia and Belarus, you can contact the Export Support Service (ESS) by calling 0300 303 8955 or by using the dedicated online service. This service is free to use and available for individuals, businesses and charities.

Training through Dorset Chamber

There has arguably never been a more important time to make sure that your staff are skilled and able to harness the incredible opportunity that international trade offers for growth.

Dorset Chamber believes that businesses need to learn these skills now as they will help you today and enable you to be better prepared for changes that are to come.


Webinar: UK sanctions against Russia
Thursday 24th March 2022 | 1400 - 1530

An introduction of new sanctions against Russia

The webinar will cover; the scope of sanctions, scope and application of trade sanctions; financial sanctions: restrictions and general licenses; the Export Support Service and enforcement of trade sanctions.


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