This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Join Us
Introduction to Importing
Share |

Please note, due to COVID-19 some course dates are being offered through a virtual classroom

Personalised Union Jack and Import Key on a Keyboard 

***You can now claim government grant funding to cover the full cost of this training course. Find out more***



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's important to find good suppliers, make sure they offer what you want and 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, terms of delivery, methods of payment, selection of clearing agent, duty and excise and the role of UK customs.


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 HM customs
  • Import Duties
  • Import VAT
  • Import Landed Cost Calculation   
    • Valuation Methods for Imports

  • Tariff Codes - HS / CN / TARIC
  • 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. The departments within a business that this course would apply to are:

  • Customer Services
  • Shipping
  • Purchasing
  • Accounts and Finance
  • Import Administration
  • Logistics
  • Production Planning
  • Technical Support
  • Quality and Standards
  • Repairs
  • Distribution


The Presenter

The Institute's training courses are delivered by our pool of experienced, accredited & specialised trainers Read more


Member price - £299 + VAT

Non-member price - £399 + VAT


Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

This course is CPD certified - 10 points


Before booking please make sure you read our training course terms and conditions. Booking a place on one of our training courses implies acceptance of these terms.


Dates and locations

Please note, due to COVID-19 some course dates are being offered through a virtual classroom

Start date

End date


 06/11/202006/11/2020Virtual Classroom  Book Now
 19/11/202019/11/2020Virtual Classroom Book Now
25/11/2020 25/11/2020  Virtual Classroom Join Wait List
08/12/2020 08/12/2020 Virtual Classroom Join Wait List


Related courses:
An Introduction to exporting       Advanced Importing
 Introduction to Exporting    Letters of Credit     Advanced Importing



To discuss our training courses:
Call +44 (0)1733 404400