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Date: Wednesday 16 July 2019
Time: 7:45am - 10am
Venue: H.G. Wells Conference & Events Centre, Church Street East Woking, GU21 6HR

The next instalment of our free topical networking breakfasts in partnership with Surrey Chambers of Commerce comes this Tuesday 16th July, with this session focusing on Breaking the Barriers to Exporting.

Our Speakers

Ogechi Nnamani,  International Trade Development Liaison Officer, HMRC

The primary function of the ITDLOs is to raise awareness of new developments within Customs International Trade.

Ogechi is experienced in delivering presentations to external audiences on Customs change projects such as the Customs Declaration Service (CDS), EU Exit, Authorised Economic Operator (AEO) and the Union Customs Code (UCC).

To help resolve trade concerns on new customs operations Ogechi acts as a conduit between external customers and HMRC policy colleagues.

Ogechi comes from an HMRC Customs & International Trade Compliance background and has strong expertise in all key areas of customs management such as classification, valuation, origin and special procedures, this includes EU legislation and how it can impact on customers.

Ogechi will be providing a presentation on Navigating the CDS Tariff for Exports to give those attending an overview of the Tariff process to follow in order to make a customs declaration using CDS. This will help companies to understand what additional information they will need to retain and supply when moving to CDS.

Andrew Walling - Senior Business Development Manager, Semmco
Andrew  is an experienced Sales Engineer, International Business Development and Sales Manager who has been involved in a wide range of safety related products across his career, most recently in the aviation and rail industries. He has managed sales teams in the UK and managed sales distribution companies throughout Europe. This has given him an extensive knowledge of working in these key geographical areas.


Gary Hayes - International Trade Manager, Surrey Chambers of Commerce.
Gary Hayes is the International Trade Manager at Surrey Chambers of Commerce, a role he has been in since 2014, having spent 15 years beforehand, working in Retail Operations and Customer Service.  Under Gary’s leadership, the International Trade department has evolved to provide an ever-expanding range of International Trade services, including their highly-praised export documentation service, to businesses in Surrey and the surrounding areas.

Gary is regularly seen speaking at events on documentation, Customs Procedures and export operations as well as providing on-site documentation training for members of Surrey Chambers. He has also been co-ordinating Surrey Chambers' response to Brexit, speaking on both radio and TV and making sure that the Chamber is able to provide support, guidance and information to Surrey businesses.

Gary also sits on various International Trade committees including those for the British Chambers of Commerce and local Enterprise Partnerships, representing the views and opinions of over 64,000 businesses based in Surrey on matters surrounding international trade.  
Gary, along with his team, are welcome for any business to contact them to discuss any international trade issue or support that they may need. 


  • Surrey Translation Bureau
  • PSP Worldwide Logistics
  • Akoni
  • S9 Technologies
  • JDS International Trade Consultancy
  • Linda Bazant Consultancy
  • Pathfinder Trade & Investment
  • Dept. of International Trade
  • HMRC
  • Surrey Chambers of Commerce


07:45 Registration, breakfast and networking

08:30 Introduction

08:40 Keynote – HMRC

09:00 Advice for new exporters

09:20 Case study - Semmco

09:40 Networking and expo

10:00 Event close



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