KIB Newsletter February 2022

Posted on: 9th February 2022

International Trade Webinars & Online Events – diary dates:


SEED Project Update – Virtual Trade Missions to MALAYSIA, UAE, VIETNAM & THE PHILLIPINES

Our SE Export Development is helping small businesses to get into overseas markets.

You can get involved in the following programmes of activity:

  • Ireland programme (currently underway) for Health & Life Sciences which will include 121 advice from the Department for International Trade in Dublin and access to virtual meetings with business contacts in the Irish market.
  • Food & Drink Sector programmes focusing on the United Arab Emirates, Vietnam and the Philippines. Each programme includes market briefings and insight, 121 support from ‘in-market’ specialists, and meetings with business contacts as part of our virtual trade missions. Don’t miss our Vietnam Market Insight webinar on 21 February.
  • Our Malaysia (health & life sciences) programme kicks off in May 2022.

Find out more by downloading details of these programmes:

Please click here to download our UAE Food & Drink Programme flyer with full confirmed details of the programme.

Please click here to download our Vietnam Food & Drink Programme flyer with full provisional details of the programme.

Please click here to download our Philippines Food & Drink Programme flyer with full provisional details of the programme.

Please click here to download our Ireland Health & Life Sciences Programme flyer with full confirmed details of the programme.

Please click here to download our Malaysia Health & Life Science Programme flyer with full provisional details of the programme.

If these are of interest or you’re not sure, why not take a look at the Country Guides produced by the Department for International Trade:

If you’re interested in participating in the SEED project, click here to contact us or click here to download our Expression of Interest form on this page and return to us.


Webinar – Exporting Food and Beverage in the Philippines: Forming Successful Partnerships


The British Chamber of Commerce Philippines is organising a webinar on 15 February to provide much-needed information on how to successfuly export food and beverage products to the Philippines.

This webinar is designed for International Trade Advisers (ITAs), British Food and Beverage Manufacturers and businesses of all sizes, with varying degrees of export experience. The discussion also aims to answer common questions related to exporting in the Philippines and provide insights on how to successfully find suitable overseas agents and distributors.

The British Chamber will also feature two successful British brands already present in the Philippines to share their trade journey experiences and how they navigated challenges in the local market.

There will also be an opportunity for Q&As where participants can send their questions directly to our experts.

Please click this link to register.


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IMPULS Life Sciences Project Update 


IMPULS is part-financed by the Interreg France-Channel-England Programme. It aims to help SMEs from SE England and NW France to collaborate, internationalise and access opportunities on both sides of the Channel and further afield. It will run until January 2023.

Webinar programme:

22 February 2022
Cyber Security in Health Care – Click here for registration link
31 March 2022
Innovation in Digital Health
26 April 2022
Internationalising your business in an
uncertain climate
25 May 2022
Innovating to respond to the “new normal” in the UK
16 June 2022
Preparing for virtual tradeshows
5 July 2022
Promoting your business across the world virtually

We are also inviting companies to participate online for free at BIO Europe Spring (4-6 April) and Knowledge for Growth (18-19 May)


UK Healthcare Deep Dive Webinar

Zoom23 February 9.30am – 11.30am Greenwich Mean Time/ 10.30am – 12.30pm Central European Time


How can IMPULS help you business?

  • Access expertise to gain insight into what it takes to be successful in European Life Science markets from specialist, in-market experts – through hands on assistance with creating localised marketing materials
  • Access to a wide range of collaboration opportunities with other businesses and Life Sciences stakeholders on both sides of the Channel
  • IMPULS will foster European partnerships which could also facilitate access to further EU funding for SMEs
  • Free/ reduced rate access to key International Industry events, Fact Finding Missions & pitch & match Meetings to connect businesses to the right international contacts

Interested?  Sign up to the project to receive the IMPULS newsletter by clicking on this link.

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Boost4Health Vouchers

  • B4H vouchers will only be available until May 2022
  • Only 5 vouchers remaining!

Apply for a Boost4Health Vouchers to help with internationalisation (max. value €1,500)

What’s on offer?

  • Hire a consultant in another European country, to carry out lead generation / customer identification activities abroad.
  • Feasibility studies for market suitability / insight / routes to market in mainland Europe.
  • Hire a consultant / agency, to carry product or marketing material localisation activities abroad.
  • Organise digital market insight / compliance training sessions

Please click here to apply for a Support Voucher

Apply for a Boost4Health Connection Voucher (max. value €500):

Kent Life Science companies who are keen to attend events hosted across North West Europe can apply for a €500 Boost4Health Connection Voucher.

What’s on offer?

  • Cover fees for online events and other relevant services to the event special sessions, costs for promotion, matchmaking apps) or for internationalisation purposes
  • Cover travel and accommodation costs to attend events across North West Europe in person

Please click here to apply for a Connection Voucher

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Global Business Innovation Programme to Canada, Focus: Ocean Technology

Join Innovate UK’s Global Business Innovation Programme to explore and exploit collaboration, growth and innovation opportunities in Canada, with the aim of developing products and services for the Ocean Technology sector.

Canada has become a world leader in engineering products and services suited to extreme harsh ocean environments, marine remote sensing technologies, and ocean observing systems. Atlantic Canada and Nova Scotia, in particular, is home to a strong cluster of ocean industries and to ground breaking ocean research. This region is quickly becoming a globally recognised hub of oceans expertise with the potential to be a significant contributor to a number of Global Value Chains associated with the oceans sector.

Up to 15 high-growth innovation-driven UK businesses will be selected to participate in this programme, which includes an Innovation Visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia, and participation at Canada’s premier event for the ocean technology sector. The H2O: Home to Overseas Conference and Exhibition will include: the ocean industry showcase, UK pavilion presence, exclusive networking opportunities through pre-arranged B2B meetings with like-minded Canadian and international businesses, formal receptions and the high-profile international Oceans Gala Dinner. This year’s conference will also include on-water demos at the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE).


  • Explore Ocean Technology opportunities in Canada.
  • Gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities of doing business in Canada.
  • Find potential innovation collaborators and partners and develop your network globally.
  • Improve your company value proposition to international partners and investors.

Focus Areas: This initiative is particularly relevant for businesses in the areas of:

  • Aquaculture
  • Fisheries
  • Marine Energy
  • Marine Environmental Monitoring
  • Marine Net Zero
  • Marine Observations
  • Marine Robotics
  • Marine Transportation
  • Ocean Plastics

Key dates:

  • 27 March – Applications close
  • 3 May – Pre-visit briefing workshop
  • 12-18 June – Innovation visit
  • 21 Sep – Exploitation workshop

Find out more by clicking here to view the full programme flyer.

B2B Matchmaking at Oceanology 2022

This hybrid event will be held at Excel London with participants able to take part in pre-arranged 1:1 meetings in person, or to book online meetings for off-site participants.

Registrations are open now until 13 March and participants are encouraged to request and accept meetings NOW. Meetings cannot be arranged on the day.

Innovate UK EDGE is organising a B2B matchmaking event on Wednesday 16 March 2022 during Oceanology International 2022. The matchmaking event is FREE to attend and is open to attendees of Oceanology 2022 and will give you the opportunity to meet potential collaborators and business partners during pre-arranged 20 minute meetings and create real business development opportunities with exhibitors and visitors, active in the maritime sector. The event takes place within Oceanology 2022 and your agenda will be sent to you two days before the event with the exact time and location of your meetings.

  •  Are you looking for new customers, partners or financiers for your company?
  • Are you looking for new potential partners to develop your business and research objectives?
  • Are you seeking partners to adapt your technology, including for dual-use applications?
  • Or maybe you just want to boost your innovativeness?

For whom?

  • Ocean technologies
  • Marine science
  • Oil and gas
  • Maritime security
  • Maritime renewables
  • Maritime engineering
  • Ports and harbours
  • Blue Growth

Why participate?

  • Establishing technology and commercial partnerships
  • Expanding your business abroad
  • Learning about new technologies and solutions
  • Showcase your most favourable projects, products or know-how
  • Present, discuss and develop new ideas and projects

What can you expect?

  • Bilateral meetings
    Initiate promising contacts in pre-arranged meetings
  • Find stakeholders
    Discuss with marine sector stakeholders about their needs
  • Meet researchers
    Meet with key researchers for co-development or funding application opportunities

Visit the website for International B2B matchmaking at Oceanology 2022 to find out more and sign up

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UK Export Academy

This free programme from DIT will help you start or grow your international sales.

The UK Export Academy, from the Department for International Trade (DIT), gives small and micro-businesses the know-how to sell to customers around the world with confidence.

It’s applicable to a wide range of businesses, whether you want to start exporting, or you’re aiming to enter new markets, they will help you overcome many of the common challenges that small businesses can face.

The programme is designed for owners and senior managers of businesses looking to grow internationally and located in the UK.

You’ll will  have the chance to find out more about the support that’s available from DIT and its local trade offices, including the chance to join future trade missions and access grants and funding.

Click here to find out more information and to register.

If you have any questions, you can call DIT on 0300 365 0114 or email

Kent Invicta Chamber – Latest Training and Events

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce offers a wide range of international trade training courses for members and non-members
INCOTERMS 2020 Revision For Exporters and Importers

Tuesday 15th February 2022 | 9:30am – 1:00pm | Online via Zoom

This webinar serves well as a complete guide to all eleven recognised INCOTERMS as designed in 2019 and effective from January 2020. Delegates will be given a complete description of the risks and responsibilities for buyer and seller, of each one of the terms and an explanation of the practical and legal reasons for use.

Please click here to find out more.

Letters of Credit Demystified

Thursday 24th February 2022 | 9:30am – 1:00pm | Online via Zoom

During the morning, you will be looking at the whole export and import function of Letters of Credit.

This course serves well as an introduction to Documentary Letters of Credit but can equally be used as a revision opportunity for staff who need to bring themselves up to date. In a changing market, it can also provide a very useful overview of staff responsibilities for senior management.

Please click here to find out more.


Introduction to Export Procedures and Documentation
Thursday 10th March 2022 | 9:30am – 1:00pm | Online via Zoom

This course gives a complete description of the documentation requirements, creates competence and proficiency through clarifying and educating on any export document. It provides a useful revision opportunity for experienced staff as well as being very useful training for those with a basic grounding in the shipping or export office.

Please click here to find out more.

Introduction to Import Documentation and Procedures

Thursday 24th March 2022 | 9:30am – 1:00pm | Online via Zoom

This course is designed as an introduction to the main documents, terminologies, customs rules and procedures for successful importing. It will include a summary of INCOTERMS 2020 used for international trade consignments.

Please click here to find out more.

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UK Customs Changes

 UK customs controls came into force on 1 January 2022. Hauliers can find useful information in French relating to the new rules for moving goods between the EU and Great Britain by clicking here.

If you need extra support or have a specific question about importing or exporting, you can call HMRC’s Customs and International Trade helpline on 0044 300 322 9434. The helpline is open from 8am to 10pm Monday to Friday and from 8am to 4pm at weekends.

Consultation on the UK customs system

Has your businesses been impacted by recent changes to customs requirements? The government has just published a call for evidence inviting businesses, traders, and the public to feedback on the customs system.

Over a twelve-week period, HM Revenue and Customs and HM Treasury are asking businesses to share their thoughts and get involved in helping to shape long-term customs policy. The government is asking businesses and the border industry for their suggestions on:

  • improvements to help traders access a quality customs intermediary sector
  • how the benefits of the Simplified Customs Declarations Process can be expanded
  • how the transit facilitation can be improved

The call for evidence closes on 2 May 2022: Find out more by clicking to visit the government website.

Please click here to access the consultation web page.

French VAT Changes

A change in French VAT came into effect on 1 January 2022. VAT on imports into France is no longer collected by the customs authorities but will automatically be reverse-charged on the importer’s French VAT returns. All companies acting as importers of record in France now need to have a valid French VAT number and file VAT declarations. Foreign companies can register for VAT in France even if they are not established in France or elsewhere in the EU.

New rules for international road haulage in 2022

Last month, the government updated the guidance for UK goods vehicle operators on the requirements to carry out international road haulage.

There will be new rules for transporting goods to or through Europe from 2022. The rules will affect those that use vans or heavy goods vehicles.

The update includes new information about registering journeys within Europe.

Councils are encouraged to share this new information as appropriate.

Please click here to visit the pages

Please click here for details of the rules on the pages

And finally, just a reminder about who can help with export-related enquiries in Kent:

 As businesses continue to face many export-related challenges at the moment and a number of support services are available, this short guide lets you know who it’s best to contact to help with you queries.

An overview of the different export-support providers:

There are a number of key organisations involved in providing direct support and advice to Kent businesses with international trade under the ‘Kent International Business’ (KIB) umbrella including:

  • The Department for International Trade
  • Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce
  • The Enterprise Europe Network team at the University of Greenwich
  • Kent County Council’s Trade Development team

Find out more on the KIB website:


General international trade advice and signposting:

The Kent & Medway Growth Hub Helpline is the one-stop shop for business advice and guidance. The team of advisors can help with enquiries ranging from starting a business to dealing with export paperwork. The team has access to specialist advisors with experience in international trade. 03333 602 300


General Export Enquiries (market and sector-specific):

Businesses can also contact the Department for International Trade (DIT) South East’s enquiry hub via 0330 300 0012 or for help with general export enquiries and referrals to complementary DIT local and national programmes. DIT also has a number specialist International Trade Advisors available to help Kent businesses with exporting.


Specific EU trade-related queries:

The Government has recently launched a dedicated hotline and online service for UK exporters with specific queries relating to trade with the EU which can be accessed via The hotline is designed to bring together expertise and advice from different government departments including DIT, DEFRA and BEIS.


Help with Export Documentation & Customs:

Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce has a specialist team who can help businesses with the paperwork required to export goods from the UK.


EU Partnerships & Collaborations:

The Innovate UK Edge team at the University of Greenwich is still part of Enterprise Europe Network and can provide assistance to firms with contact finding in EU markets and access to innovation funding.


Trading Goods with the EU:

Kent County Council’s website has a range of information about doing business with the EU including details on import and export guidance and rules.