British Exporters Association (BExA) is holding its spring reception on June 13, 6.30pm to 8.30pm in the Cholmondeley Room and on the Terrace, House of Lords, London.


The reception is sponsored by Coface. All members and guests are welcome.


BExA’s third Young Exporter of the Year Award will be presented on this occasion.


The chief guest will be Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP, UK minister for trade, investment and foreign affairs.


Before the reception, BExA is holding two other events:



    • 12.30-2.15pm:   BExA annual general meeting and council meeting.


  • 2.15pm-5.15pm:  Workshop on UCP 600 and authorised economic operator (AEO), followed by a networking reception.


BExA believes that UCP 600 and AEO are two topics on which the exporting community


would welcome further information. To this end, BExA is arranging short, informative, presentations to be held on the day of the AGM and spring reception.


Deloittes and Clyde & Co are sponsoring these events.


On UCP 600, BExA states that the standard ICC Uniform Customs and Practice (UCP) for Documentary Credits has been revised and the new version, UCP 600, will become operative from July 1, 2007.


A copy of UCP 600 will be handed out to those present.


On AEO, as part of governments” interest in raising the level of security at borders in response to terrorist incidents, ‘Customs administrations have been developing procedures for authorising traders who meet prescribed security requirements so that they may benefit from fast-track release and/or clearance of goods “(SITPRO, 30-6-06).


AEO status becomes effective on January 1, 2008. In the UK, HM Revenue & Customs expects to start accepting applications for AEO status from July 1, 2007.


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