A Beginners Guide to Importing

Time: 13:30 - 16:30

Date: 15/12/2022

Division: International Business Hub

Venue: Online

General Price:

All prices exclude VAT

Member Price: Free

Future Faces Members: Free

Non-Member Price: Free


Who is this course suitable for?

This course would be suitable for any team member that are new to their role, or less experienced working in an International Trade environment and would like and introduction on Import processes.

The course will provide an excellent opportunity to understand the basic import processes before moving on to any further import learning at a more advance level.

The course would also be a suitable to attend for any new importer, or someone who has not had any formal training.  

We at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce recommend this as a suitable place to begin training, along with the Beginners practical guide to Export course, if further training is planned.

Each course will provide a clear and concise overview, teaching knowledge of International Trade from the very beginning.

What does the delegate gain?

Attendees will be learning a simplified overview of the Import Procedures.

You will gain knowledge and understanding on terminology used in an import role and understand why import procedures must be correctly actioned.

The course also includes a practical session creating clearance instructions from a pre-defined set of documents to assist delegates in putting their learnings into practice.

What happens on the course and what is taught?

Attendees will learn and discuss the following:

  • Import Definition and the Process Flow
  • Getting Ready to Import to include
    • Commodity Codes
    • Origin
    • Incoterms
    • Goods Valuation to include Duties / Taxes
  • The International Purchase Order & Documentation
    • Commercial Invoice
    • Packing Lists
    • Preference Documents
  • Shipping Methods & How to Request a Shipping Quotation
  • Information for a Shipping Quotation
  • Booking the Shipment and Clearance Instructions
  • Buyer Managing the Shipment
  • Import Declarations – the Basics
  • Record Keeping and Checks


Member’s fee:  FOC

Non-member’s fee: FOC

This training course is part of a series of activity being delivered by Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Black Country Chamber of Commerce and Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the West Midlands Combined Authority.

This means there are a number of fully funded places available on this course.

When you email to check availability, please indicate your preferred time to attend, if there is still a space, this will be allocated.

Places are limited, to check availability, please email training@birmingham-chamber.com

*Any cancellations must be confirmed via email to training@birmingham-chamber.com and must be given within 5 working days clear of the original event date. For any cancellations given less than 5 working days before the event, fees will not be refunded. This also counts for non-attendance. If the course is due to run again in the future, delegates can opt to transfer to the next available date. A £50 fee will still be issued to cover the costs already incurred.

*Please note, the aim is always to finish at the time provided above, but please allow extra time depending on how many delegates are on the course, as there may be more questions for the trainer to answer. 

(We also offer training packages & bespoke training depending on what is most suitable for your company. Ask the team today about bulk bookings and discounts)

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