Three e-guides on Rules of Origin, Customs Declarations and Tariffs have been written by experts for the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC. These E-Guides provide an overview in each area, and are linked to up-to-date information on the BCC Brexit Hub of changes in the event of a No-Deal Brexit.

Click here to view the e-guides.

Preparing for Brexit 

Negotiations around the UK’s withdrawal from, and future relationship with, the European Union continue to dominate the UK political landscape.

The Chamber network is primarily focused on assessing the practicalities of Brexit for business communities across the UK and helping them to prepare.

Businesses across the UK should be planning for the challenges and opportunities ahead. Here you will find advice and notifications to help you understand the latest in the Brexit process and prepare for the future.

Trade documentation update

Preference and non-preference Certificates of Origin – no deal Brexit contingency planning

The British Chambers of Commerce and the accredited Chamber Network continue to work to avoid a messy and disorderly exit from the European Union. However, businesses need answers they can base decisions on, no matter the outcome. This includes the trade documentation for use by exporters to prove origin.

Should the United Kingdom reach a Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, then the existing documents that you currently issue will continue to be used throughout any period of transition (Certificates of Origin, EUR1, ATR).

As part of our contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit, our colleagues at the British Chambers of Commerce have worked closely with HMRC and the DIT on the revised format of preference and non-preferential certificates of origin. In the event of a no-deal Brexit we have made preparations to enable us to provide you with continuity of service through the issuance of revised ‘United Kingdom’ documentation.

If you hold blank certificates for printing at your business premises then we will contact you in advance of any change to arrange a supply of replacement certificates. The replacement certificates should only be used in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union in a no-deal scenario.

Should you have any further question, please contact


Government guidance

Hubs for Government guidance

The UK Government has launched a hub for no deal Brexit information with dedicated sections for businesses, individuals, UK nationals in the EU and EU nationals in the UK. 

View the Brexit Hub • here

Further guidance is available through UK Government guidance documents.

View the documents • here

HMRC partnership pack to prepare for changes at the UK border after a no deal EU exit.

Find out more • here

Scottish Enterprise also provide guidance and assessment tools to help your business prepare for Brexit.

Learn more • here
Chamber Guidance

Chamber guidance

The Chamber is helping and supporting businesses across the North-east in the build-up to Brexit. The below documents can be used to provide insight into how your organisation can prepare for Brexit. 

Business Brexit Checklist

The British Chambers of Commerce checklist has been created to help you consider the changes that Brexit may bring to your organisation, and to help business planning at both operational and board levels.

View the checklist • here
Business Brexit Risk Register

Following the publication of UK government contingency planning, and as negotiations continue, the British Chambers of Commerce has created a Risk Register.

Business Brexit Risk Register • Click here
Key unanswered questions for a no-deal scenario
Key unanswered questions • Click here
Brexit Agreement FAQ

Following the publication of the Withdrawal Agreement, the BCC has put together a FAQ on the agreement and the likely next steps in the process.

Brexit Agreement FAQ • Click here


Here at the Chamber we have a range of courses from understanding the basics to more in depth fundementals, find a level that suits you and discover more about the changes in international markets. 

View our international business and exporting courses • here


Download our international and import/export training brochure • here

Sources of funding

Find out what grants you can apply for to get funding for training and IT improvements if your business completes customs declarations.

Find out more • here