AGCC's experienced International Business team can provide companies with business advice in support of market entry and export initiatives. Our comprehensive databases and co-operation with other support organisations enable us to tap into many resources and respond quickly to members' requirements. Our network extends locally, nationally and internationally.

The team can also be commissioned to perform bespoke projects such as the development of export strategies, production of export business plans, sales and marketing support and business development. Market research can be performed either in the form of desk research or in-market research.

The Chamber's wide range of events covers all aspects of international trade. Overseas trade missions provide comprehensive practical information and insights into foreign markets.




Chile - Bearing opportunity for mining

A Chilean importer of mining equipment is seeking to source the following bearings: NU3156EMA/BH1 and 24140EC3. Initially one unit of each, with the possibility of more to follow.

Opportunity Type: General Procurement

Response deadline: 31/03/2015  Deadline: 31/03/2015

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Uganda Announces First Petroleum Licensing Round

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Qatar: an established oil and gas province with significant growth potential. Qatar predicts booming economy in 2015 despite oil price slide

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Opportunities for IOCs in China

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Tullow Oil doubles its estimate ot its discovery in Kenya's South Lokichar basin to 600 million barrels

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High value opportunities (HVOs) are arising in Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and Uganda

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High value opportunities in Mexico for Oil & Gas Companies

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Italy – Launch UK innovation into the Italian energy efficiency market 

Deadline for registering interest – 30/04/15

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China plans the "most cuts in history" to restrictions on foreign investment

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Mexico moving quickly to implement energy reforms

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Large Projects and Investment Opportunities in Tunisia

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Latvia within the Baltic petroliferous province

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Registering with ENI in Mozambique
A new web tool is available for suppliers interested in registering their interest with Eni East Africa (EEA) – Mozambique Branch: https://eprocurement.eni.it/ext_eng/Suppliers/Qualification/Mozambique-Application. All invitations to submit an EOI for the provision of goods or services to EEA Mozambique are published on the two main national newspapers: Jornal de Notícias and O País.

Documented proof of experience in Africa and/or in Mozambique and location of office in Mozambique may be required. The submission of an EOI will have to refer to the commodity code indicated in the EOI.

The commodity code structure is available for download at https://eprocurement.eni.it/ext_eng/Suppliers/Qualification/Commodity-Code-Structure.

A presentation, only in Portuguese, of EEA Qualification process is available on request.


Attract investment with Scottish Enterprise

Various grants and funding options are available to businesses of all sizes for research and development, co-investment and technological innovations.

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FLNG Opportunities and Challenges Engineers Australia Report Dec2014

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Our Events


Doing Business in Mexico's New Energy Sector


Thursday, 5th March

Venue: Aberdeen Douglas Hotel Ltd, 43-45 Market Street, Aberdeen

As part of the Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto’s visit to Aberdeen, ProMexico and Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce cordially invite you to the seminar “Doing Business in Mexico’s New Energy Sector”.

Since 2014, the Mexican Energy Reform has opened new opportunities in the Mexican oil and gas sector for both UK and global companies. Being the fifth largest oil producer in the world, Mexico is the 13th in refining capacity, and aims to become one of the top five economies by 2050.
Authorities from Mexico's Ministry of Energy, Pemex, and leading oil and gas companies will set out the current business opportunities in the Mexican energy market.
The seminar will feature relevant topics on energy reform, supply chain business opportunities and sustainability.



Other Events


Pole Position Conference

The Carlton Hotel, Edinburgh, 26 February 2015


Canada in Scotland Event

5 March 2015

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, 30 George Square, Glasgow - 7.45 am to 10 am

Gillespie Macandrew LLP, 5 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh - 12.00 to 2.15 pm


Canada Market Briefing: Oil & Gas, Nuclear, Offshore Renewables and Shale Gas
9 March 2015
Ramside Hall Hotel, Durham, DH1 1TD


Latvian Market Awareness Seminar

11 March 2015

The Dome, New Register House, 3 West Register Street, Edinburgh


NOF Energy Conference

Sage Gateshead, 10-11 March 2015



Hilton Treetops, Aberdeen,  15-16 April 2015


2nd Myanmar Offshore Congress

Yangon, 25-26 June 2015


Offshore Europe 2015

AECC, Aberdeen, 8-11 September 2015





Our Trade Missions


Trade Mission to East Africa

The Africa Business Centre is organising a five-day trade mission to Kenya and Uganda for UK based energy companies. It will provide a comprehensive introduction to oil and gas opportunities via briefings and meetings with key government and commercial contacts.

This year's mission will be split into two groups and will follow two separate programmes:

One programme will be specific to the energy sector. This is for companies that are in oil and gas, construction and for providers of education and training in this sector.

The other programme will be open to all other sectors, including; agriculture, telecommunications, generalist education and training providers, laboratory equipment, security products and professional services and more.  We can tailor a programme for most market opportunities.  

When 23-27 March 2015

Cities Nairobi and Kampala

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Should you wish to discuss the mission, please contact  Francesca Bertolini, International Trade Team Leader, E:  francesca.bertolini@agcc.co.uk T: +44 (0)1224 343 928



Other Trade Missions


First-Come-First-Served Funded Opportunity to attend B2B meetings at OGA 2015, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

When:  2nd – 3rd June

Deadline:  Saturday, 7th March


Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), in conjunction with the 15th ASIAN Oil Gas & Petrochemical Exhibition (OGA), will be organising Incoming Buying Mission (IBM) programmes that consists of one-on-one business meetings.

In this regards, they would like to invite Oil and Gas AGCC members to participate in this IBM. AGGC members will be entitled to MATRADE's complimentary B2B programme, free entry to the exhibition, accommodation (up to 4 days 3 nights stay, from 1 – 4 June 2015) including airport and hotel transfers. 

Please click here (application and letter of understanding form) to register

Please click here to download the tentative programme

Please click here to download OGA2015 show facts


Please send the application and letter of undertstanding form to Francesca Bertolini, International Trade Team Leader, E:  francesca.bertolini@agcc.co.uk T: +44 (0)1224 343 928 


Santander Funded Trade Mission to Spain - delegates sought

When: 18th - 21st May

Deadline: Friday, 13th March

Hosted by Santander and in conjunction with UKTI, the mission will provide a week-long itinerary offering guidance on entering the Spanish market, help in addressing the challenges and opportunities available and pre-arranged appointments with potential trade partners.

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BCC Global Monthly Economic Review - Jan 2015

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Oil & Gas Survey 2014

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BCC Quarterly International Trade Outlook Q1 2014

BCC Quarterly International Trade Outlook Q2 2014

BCC Quarterly International Trade Outlook Q3 2014


Fast track visa service will show Britain is open for business

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Executive Perspective on Uganda's First Licensing Round

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Uganda Announces First Petroleum Licensing Round

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 Qatar: an established oil and gas province with significant growth potential. Qatar predicts booming economy in 2015 despite oil price slide

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Indonesia’s Petroleum Sector Remains Attractive for Investment

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Disappointing trade figures highlight need for national export strategy

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Launch of British Chamber of Commerce in Qatar

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Gulf E&P remains active despite falling oil prices

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Wood Mackenzie reviews Europe's upstream sector in 2014

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Export Britain

Export Britain, the online resource from the British Chambers of Commerce, showcases opportunities in key international markets, and links UK exporters to support available from British Chambers and business groups both in the UK and around the world.

Export Britain helps businesses to make new connections overseas by drawing on the power of the global network of British Chambers and business groups. The site also helps growing and prospective exporters navigate through the export journey by signposting the support available every step of the way. Additionally, Export Britain provides information on export training and documentation, events and trade missions, and inspiring case studies featuring successful UK exporters.

For more information, visit: www.exportbritain.org.uk


Register for the BCC'S High Growth Markets Webinar Series

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Webinars & Blogs


“Jeff Bamford: Doing Business in Kenya”


UKTI Mexico Webinar - The new procurement model in PEMEX after the Energy Reform.  Tuesday, 24th February at 4.00 pm.  

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UKTI Italy Webinar - Italy’s Drive Towards Smart Cities: Trends and Opportunities. Tuesday, 24th February 11.00 am to 12.00 noon.

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International Trade Consultancy

AGCC’s international trade consultants are here to provide members with a more hands-on and advanced support. This is a highly relevant service at an attractive rate for companies looking at inward or outward trade & investment

We invite you to browse our consultants’ profiles below and see if their expertise is suitable for your current business requirements. 



Catherine Truel

Catherine is a director of Intl Trade Instrument Ltd, a consultancy helping companies manage Global Trade and Customs Compliance, Duty and Cost Reductions to control effectively Global Trade decisions and obligations. The ability to adapt to new compliance, security and administrative government requirements means less exposure to penalties, a reduction in clearance delays, more predictability,  better costs control and the maximisation of duty/tax savings.

Areas of expertise:- Import/Export Compliance, Export Control and Trade Embargoes, Customs Compliance (Classification, Valuation, Procedures and Origin), Authorised Economic Operator (AEO). Administrative and Documentation Compliance. Trade Finance Compliance, Supply Chain Compliance. Prevention audits, process improvement, mapping of risks for new transactions and regulatory monitoring. - Duty reduction and cost savings to remove avoidable costs from global trade transactions: Customs Duty Relief Regimes (IPR, OPR, End-Use, Temporary Import & Export, Customs Warehousing…), Trade Agreements, Preference, Origin management, other duty and cost reduction methods and Best Practices available worldwide.

Contact: consultancy@agcc.co.uk





Chris Dunridge

Chris provides a wide range of HR services to help companies from all sectors and of all sizes build their business success. Her company specialises in supporting mergers, acquisitions, divestments and other major change initiatives.

Areas of expertise: HR consultancy; mergers and acquisitions – the people issues and integration planning; organisational change; communication for change

Contact: consultancy@agcc.co.uk





Jeff Lockhart

Jeff specialises in finance, business, administration and management development.

Areas of expertise: Finance, budgeting & cost control; understanding financial statements; project management; project evaluation and risk assessment; working capital best practices to maximise cash flow; skills for importing & exporting

Contact: consultancy@agcc.co.uk





Jon Woodwards

Jon Woodwards

Jon is a director of the international trade consultancy Your Export Solutions Ltd and has over 40 years of hands-on experience in engineering, business development, management and commercial roles. He has strong national and international trade networks.

Areas of Expertise: He advises and guides on the many aspects of international trading that so often present complexity and cost to businesses including export licencing, trade and regulatory compliance, trade documentation, Customs regimes, import duties and trade taxes. As a former International Business Director of the Chamber he has a strong understanding of the needs of local businesses. He specialises in overseas market entry and as the former Director of the Africa Business Centre has an in-depth understanding of Sub-Saharan oil and gas markets.

Jon has a diverse private client base including oil & gas, food & drink, textiles, software & computer services, manufacturing and high technology companies and also public sector clients across Scotland.


Contact: consultancy@agcc.co.uk




Ken Lofthouse

Ken can support your business with the creation and delivery of international trade development programmes. His company also provides in-house international trade consultancy and development of best practice procedure models. Clients include Scottish Enterprise, British Chambers of Commerce, EU for central Europe EU funded projects, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Blue Chip private sector organisations.

Areas of expertise: International trade diagnostic; design & delivery of short export/import related courses;  budget setting and control; senior management international trade development programmes; international trade best practice training simulations

Contact: consultancy@agcc.co.uk






The Language Room

Elodie Milne

Managing Director

15 Edinburgh Road

Linlithgow, Edinburgh EH49 6QT, U.K

Tel: 01506 670009


TransAberdeen Language Services & Tours

Elena Sargeant
16 St Clair Wynd
Newburgh AB41 6DZ
Tel: +44 (0) 1358789330
Mobile: 07718 044374


Grampian Translation Services
Eltijani Elias
4A Charlotte street
Aberdeen AB25 1LR
Tel: +44 (0)1224 536 249



T: +44 (0)1224 343928
E: francesca.bertolini@agcc.co.uk

07718 044374