Member Services

Export and International Trade

Global trade is vital to the UK's economy. The UK is the world's seond largest exporter of commercial services and the eighth largest exporter of merchandise. As a partner of those wishing to access new markets, Knowsley Chamber acts both in advising and lobbying, providing businesses with information to them succeed and prosper overseas. Regular trade missions and events are held. Knowsley Chamber updates these activities on the website.

Export Documentation: Documentation is a key element and we can provide in-depth services for export and import documentation:-

  • EU Certificates of Origin
  • Arab-British Certificates of Origin
  • Admission Temporaire (ATA) Carnets - passports for goods that are not for sale but accompany business trip overseas
  • Import Certificates

For further information TELEPHONE: 0151 477 1356 or email

International Trade Services: In the North West there are over 25 International Trade Advisers (ITAs) located throughout the region.   They possess a wealth of export knowledge and can directly link your business into all UK Trade & Investment services, funding sources and partner organisations that can offer support to companies wanting to develop and grow their export business.  Click here for more information.

International Commercial Agreements: The wide field of international commercial agreements is a complex one, where experienced help and advice can not only save an exporting company time but also enable it to avoid expensive pitfalls. Our team of expert advisers offer the following specialised support services to those who market goods & services in the EU and the majority of trading countries in the world.  Click here for more information.

Strategic Alliance Services: The SAS service is delivered through a variety of public sector, Government and private sector partners. Theservice is tailored to client need and each project involves selecting the optimum combination of market and product-specific delivery partners to achieve the required result for the customer. The Strategic Alliance Service provides practical assistance to help companies in the following areas:

  • Manufacture under Licence (MUL)
  • Overseas Joint Venture (JV)
  • Establishing overseas offices/subsidies (Foreign Direct Investment)

Click here for more information

International Trade Opportunities: We are here to assist companies in identifying and accessing new business opportunities in overseas market. Whether you are looking to export, import or transfer knowledge we can assist.

The Chamber holds 'International Business Advice' surgeries on the first Monday of each month on a 'One to One' basis.   Come along and find out how we can assist you develop and grow your international business.  Call Sheila Toft on 0151 477 1356 to make an appointment.  Our advice includes (but is not restricted to):

  • customs tariffs
  • documentation requirements
  • licensing
  • shipping terms
  • methods of payment
  • letters of credit

Export Licensing: Further practical guidance about export licensing is available at

This includes information about the UK Strategic Export Control Lists, End-Use Controls, available licence types such as Open General Export Licences, application process, compliance requirements, legislation and details of advisory services.   The ECO also provides help and advice to exporters, via database tools such as the Control List Classification Search tool (available on the SPIRE export licensing database) or the OGEL Checker database.

The ECO also deliver a regular training programme of awareness seminars and workshops. To apply for a licence:

To keep informed of latest updates from ECO including the latest training programme, you can sign up to receive the ECO's "Notices to Exporters" -  ECO helpline - email: or telephone: 020 7215 4594

Export Finance: With more people trading across borders, payments systems and cultures, payment for exports is as vital as ever and increasingly complicated.  There are four main methods of payment for exports depending on the size and circumstances of your company:

  • Cash in advance - the ideal
  • Open account - if you know your buyer well
  • Collect on Delivery - more security where you have yet to establish a relationship
  • Letters of credit - security for the buyer and seller.

Through their accumulated experience and training, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce can advise you on your options and help you liaise with your bank/finance company/factoring company/accountant to ensure you are asking the correct questions and know what to look out for.

TRAINING: Develop the skills of your staff with courses covering all key areas of International Trade.

Financial Support for Exporters - click here for more information