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Expand your knowledge on exporting to a new level with the diverse and expanding range of exporter-focused knowledge guides and resources available in this section. These cover a diverse range of trade-related subject matters and are designed specifically to provide the user with a broad overview of many important trade, customs and shipping related subjects.

Export Knowledge Guides

Our Export Knowledge Guide series aim to condense what are sometimes complex subject matters into a more digestible format, offering the time-constrained businessperson the opportunity to obtain an understanding and working knowledge in a diverse number of trade topics.
EPA

Knowledge Guide: Certificates of Origin and Origin Declarations in the EPA

‘Certificates of Origin and Origin Declarations’ focuses on some of the important and necessary administrative ‘paperwork’ aspects of the UK – SACU+M EPA, specifically the certificates of origin in support of qualifying ‘originating’ exports. Products that are originating may claim preferential trade status under the trade agreement; for Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique and Namibia that means all originating products may be exported to the UK duty-free, while 98% of products in originating in South Africa also qualify for duty-free status in the UK. The guide also provides information on when a certificate of origin in support of the origin status of a product is not required, and when an origin declaration made out by the exporter is sufficient.

Mozambique

Knowledge Guide: Inscrição como Exportador em Moçambique

‘Inscrição como Exportador em Moçambique’ provides an overview of the exporter registration in Mozambique, including who must register as an exporter, what the basic requirements and processes involved are, and what paperwork is required in the registration process. The guide also provides a number of web links and QR codes (scan these with any smartphone camera) to additional resources. 

Barcodes

Knowledge Guide: Using barcodes for business and international trade

‘Using barcodes for business and international trade’ focuses on the use of product barcodes, an indispensable and largely compulsory product identification tool, particularly when goods are sold through retail channels. This guide explains what barcodes are and why they are needed in business and for international trade, the benefits of using barcodes (with a focus on the 1-dimensional product barcodes), the different types of barcodes and their meaning, as well as a basic step by step guide on how to go about registering your business for purposes of barcodes, and assigning barcodes to your products.

Mozambique

Knowledge Guide: Registering as an exporter in Mozambique

Registering as an Exporter – Mozambique’ provides an overview of the exporter registration process in Mozambique, including who must register as an exporter, what the basic requirements and processes involved are, and what paperwork is required in the registration process. The guide also provides a number of web links and QR codes (scan these with any smartphone camera) to additional resources. 

Lesotho

Knowledge Guide: Registering as an exporter in Lesotho

‘Registering as an Exporter – Lesotho’ provides an overview of the exporter registration process in Lesotho, including who must register as an exporter, what the basic requirements and processes involved are, and what paperwork is required in the registration process. The guide also provides a number of web links and QR codes (scan these with any smartphone camera) to additional resources.

Botswana

Knowledge Guide: Registering as an exporter in Botswana

‘Registering as an Exporter – Botswana’ provides an overview of the exporter registration process in Botswana, including who must register as an exporter, what the basic requirements and processes involved are, and what paperwork is required in the registration process. The guide also provides a number of web links and QR codes (scan these with any smartphone camera) to additional resources. 

Namibia

Knowledge Guide: Registering as an exporter in Namibia

‘Registering as an Exporter – Namibia’ provides an overview of the exporter registration process in Namibia, including who must register as an exporter, what the basic requirements and processes involved are, and what paperwork is required in the registration process. The guide also provides a number of web links and QR codes (scan these with any smartphone camera) to additional resources. 

Eswatini

Knowledge Guide: Registering as an exporter in Eswatini

‘Registering as an Exporter – Eswatini’ provides an overview of the exporter registration process in Eswatini, including who must register as an exporter, what the basic requirements and processes involved are, and what paperwork is required in the registration process. The guide also provides a number of web links and QR codes (scan these with any smartphone camera) to additional resources. 

South Africa

Knowledge Guide: Registering as an exporter in South Africa

‘Registering as an Exporter – South Africa’ provides an overview of the exporter registration process in South Africa, including who must register as an exporter, what are the basic requirements and processes involved, and what paperwork is required in the registration process. The guide also provides a number of web links and QR codes (scan these with any smartphone camera) to additional resources.

Featured

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the UK Tariff Schedule 

‘Better understanding the UK tariff schedule’ focuses on the new UK tariff schedule following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union. It outlines what is new, explains what information is required by traders to establish the correct UK import tariff, the importance of accurate product classification in the Harmonized System (HS), how a trader accesses the UK tariff schedule online and through a practical example, how a product’s classification and correct tariff are established.  

Incoterms

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – FCA

Better understanding the Incoterms 2020- FCA’ focuses on the ‘Free Carrier’ Incoterm as used in international trade, and goes into greater detail of the specifics of this Incoterm and how responsibilities, risks and costs are shared between a seller and buyer when contracting under this Incoterm.

Incoterms

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – CIF

‘Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – CIF’ focuses on the ‘Cost, Insurance and Freight’ Incoterm as used in international trade, and goes into greater details of the specifics of this Incoterm and how responsibilities, risks and costs are shared between a oterm as used in international trade, and goes into greater details of the specifics of this Incoterm and how responsibilities, risks and costs are shared between a seller and buyer when contracting under this Incoterm.

Incoterms

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – DDP

‘Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – DDP’ focuses on the ‘Delivery Duty Paid’ Incoterm as used in international trade, and goes into greater details of the specifics of this Incoterm and how responsibilities, risks and costs are shared between a seller and buyer when contracting under this Incoterm. 

Incoterms

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – CFR

‘Better understanding the Incoterms 2020- CFR’ focuses on the ‘Cost and Freight’ Incoterm as used in international trade, and goes into greater details of the specifics of this Incoterm and how responsibilities, risks and costs are shared between a seller and buyer when contracting under this Incoterm. 

Incoterms

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – FOB

‘Better understanding the Incoterms 2020 – FOB’ focuses on the ‘Free On Board’ Incoterm as used in international trade, and goes into greater details of the specifics of this Incoterm and how responsibilities, risks and costs are shared between a seller and buyer under this Incoterms. 

Incoterms

Knowledge Guide: Better understanding the Incoterms

‘Better understanding the Incoterms’ focuses on the concept of Incoterms as used in international trade, the relationship between Incoterms and trade risks, benefits and insurance, and the different Incoterms in use and changes made in the latest 2020 version. The guide also provides a schematic overview of the different kinds of Incoterms and how responsibilities, risks and costs are shared between a seller and buyer under the respective Incoterms.

EPA

Knowledge Guide: Preferential Trade and Proof of Origin

‘Preferential trade and proof of origin’ focuses on the UK-SACU+M Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) and its key components and benefits to businesses, and explains the concept of ‘preferential origin’ in the EPA, and why a determination and proof of origin status is a critical requirement in order to benefit from the trade preferences offered under the agreement.

Export Toolkit Resources

Find a selection of external exporter resources, links and reference material to help you navigate the complexities of international trade, ranging from legal texts, a UK tariff lookup facility, details of business organisations, representative sector bodies and many others.

Queries for clarification received by the UK Government relating to the new trade arrangements in respect of South Africa, under the UK-SACU+M Economic Partnership Agreement

External Training Resources

International trade can be a complex, yet rewarding, undertaking involving many moving parts, requiring know-how and understanding. Here, we provide you with a selection of external training resources and providers that offer training, up-skilling and further education on a range of international trade, customs and logistics topics.