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Introduction to Importing


Cost: £598.80 - £718.80

Suppliers around the world offer a wide variety of goods that might suit your business. You might be able to find lower-priced supplies giving you a competitive edge or new supplies that allow you to sell a completely different product.

Just as when you buy within the UK, it is important to find the right suppliers for your business and to negotiate the right deal.

This one-day seminar will consider the basic procedures, terminology and documentation involved in importing.

It will give an overview of the entire importing process including supplier selection, evaluation of risks, supply chain management, terms of delivery, methods of payment, duty and excise and the role of UK customs.

The course is also ideal for anyone who is getting to grips with new requirements for continuing trade with the EU now that the transition period has finished.

Learning outcomes

  • Background to importing
  • Balance of trade
  • Indirect and direct importing
  • Role of clearing an agent
  • Evaluations of risks - supplier due diligence
  • Processing an import order - the contract of sale
  • Key documentation
  • The role of HMRC
  • Import duties
  • Import VAT
  • Import landed cost calculation
    • Valuation methods for imports
  • Tariff codes
  • The import process
    • CPC codes - A brief explanation of what they are
    • SAD C88 Form - An overview
  • Incoterms® - Application and impact on imports

Who should attend

This course is most suitable for new importers or people working in import but who have never had formal training.

Webinar cost

Member - £499 + VAT
Non-member - £599 + VAT


22 June 2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Online event

Cost: From £598.80

27 July 2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Online event

Cost: From £598.80

24 August 2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Online event

Cost: From £598.80

28 September 2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Online event

Cost: From £598.80

26 October 2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Online event

Cost: From £598.80

23 November 2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Online event

Cost: From £598.80

14 December 2021, 09:00 - 17:00
Online event

Cost: From £598.80


It is company policy that all invoices are paid at least 15 days in advance of the course start date.

We offer a no refund policy and where we have to postpone a course your registration will be transferred to the next available course.

You will be sent a course confirmation two weeks prior to the course start date and we recommend that you do not confirm any travel arrangements prior to this date as we cannot be held responsible for travel costs incurred prior to the course confirmation date.

In exceptional circumstances we may have to postpone a course and in such circumstances we will advise you of this no later than two weeks prior to the course start date.

Cancellations are not permitted within 15 days of the course start date, in such instances 100% of the course fee will be payable regardless of attendance/non-attendance.

Please note that any dietary requirements advised to us are passed to the venue for catering purposes. The Institute accepts no responsibility for the provision of catering or the adherence to any dietary requirements, this is the responsibility of the venue's catering provider.


Event organiser

Institute of Export and International Trade
Export House Minerva Business Park
Lynch Wood
United Kingdom: England

01733 404400
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