Trade Services

The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce offers a variety of services to assist companies in conducting international business operations. The services range from documentation for exporters, to ease their access to markets, customised research, business briefings, networking opportunities to translation and visa services.

Trade Services Department

The Chamber’s unique Export Documentation service is an important asset to Arab-British trade. With our extensive experience, we are ideally positioned to assist exporters entering the substantial and sophisticated Arab market, encompassing all your certification and legalisation needs.

It is essential when exporting to present the correct documentation as errors can be very expensive, leading to costly delays in payment and in clearing the goods, and even to non-payment.

Importance of using the correct documents

The Arab British Certificate of Origin is the international trade document for use in attesting goods whose destination is any of the Arab countries (excluding Egypt). The Arab British Certificate of Origin is a unique, English/Arabic Certificate of Origin which fully conforms to international regulations and is accepted by all the Arab governments. Therefore, using alternative certificate of origin for any goods destined to Arab countries will cause delays and extra charges.

The attached letter from the Arab League office in London signed by H.E. Mr Khaled AI-Duwaisan, GCVO, the Ambassador of Kuwait and the Dean of Arab Ambassadors, on behalf of the Arab Ambassadors’ Council in the UK, underpins the documentary requirements of the Arab League states, excluding Egypt which has its own chamber of commerce.

The requirements are as follows:

The Arab-British Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) must verify and certify all commercial documents destined to Arab League states. Commercial documents cannot be submitted to embassies for legalisation if they have not been certified by the ABCC.
The Arab-British Certificate of Origin must be used for all goods destined for Arab League states. No other certificate can be used.
This letter gives clarity to exporters and to protect them from delays and unnecessary costs at customs when using alternative documents to the Arab British Certificate of Origin.

Trade services include:

Export Documentation Service

Our Export Documentation services are an important asset for companies engaged in Arab-British trade. It is vital to fulfil all the documentation requirements accurately. Any errors can lead to costly delays in getting paid and in the clearing of goods, and can even mean non-payment. You can avoid all this by using our service.

Electronic Documentation Process

The ABCC offeres to its members an online option for Certificates of Origin and Invoices only (any other documents must be done manually). Note electronic processing is not available for: Iraq, Libya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Qatar, UAE.​

FCDO Service

The Chamber provides either a standard service via the Milton Keynes FCO Office, or for the more urgent time sensitive requirements we can provide a same day premium service.

Notary Service

The ABCC offers an efficient notary services delivered with confidence, clarity of information and advice.

Solicitor Service

The Chamber works in partnership with our inhouse law firm, Sterling Stamp, to deliver an over-the-counter same day Solicitor Certification along with all your other export documentary and legal requirements.

Translation Service

The ABCC specialises in Arabic/English and English/Arabic translation. Our translators are officially qualified and are trained to handle your requirements accurately and professionally in both languages. Our experience lies in first class commercial, financial, legal and technical translation of the highest standard.

Visa Service

If you are travelling to an Arab country and need a visa secured quickly and efficiently, then the Chamber’s Visa Section is the ideal point of contact. We can provide this service whatever type of visa you require such as a business visa, a work visa or a family visa.


ABCC membership provides exclusive networking opportunities such as unlimited complimentary access to most of our high-end events, speaking opportunities, media exposure and various marketing options through our website and publications. Exporters will also benefit from more than 50% reductions in certification fees, s discounts on international trade training courses, notary, and translation services, plus discounts on hiring our prime location venue, as well as access to reliable advice on doing business with the Arab world.

Contact us for advice on Trade Documents

If you have any questions about our documentation services and your specific requirements please complete a short online form with your details. A member of our team will then contact you.