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Online helping hand for North East's exporters; in association with RBS North East Chamber of Commerce.

THE region's leading business membership organisation is giving North East exporting companies a helping hand to use a new online e-certification system.

North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC), is piloting the new eCert V5, an online system designed to allow users to complete export documents required for shipments to many countries around the world, with a series of workshops at its international trade office at Aykley Heads, Durham.

Cert V5 allows customers to view the documents as they're being completed, with a tick-box system advising the user of each action which needs to be completed.

It can be used to process both EC and Arab-British Certificates of Origin, EUR1 and A TR preference documents, and exporters' in-house documents. Once documents are completed and submitted, exporters are able to print certified versions, avoiding postage delays and costly courier services.

Brian Dakers, NECC export services manager, said: "V5 is the most intuitive and user friendly e-certification system yet, giving exporters the ability to create multiple shipping documents in under two minutes. The system stores all information in a secure encrypted website, enabling shippers to copy and amend previous shipping documents in seconds.

"The NECC's position at the forefront of the development of eCert nationally has given us the opportunity to help shape the development of the system, and eCert V5 is a tremendous resulting product."

Anne Loughlin of Team Valley-based Anson Ltd, which manufactures products for use in the exploration of oil and gas, has been one of the first users to benefit from the new system.

She said: "The new system is extremely user friendly, and it's fantastic to be able to get documents back the same day. The checklist function is a great addition, enabling you to see that you have carried out all the steps correctly. Overall it is an amazingly fast and efficient new system."

Annual North East trade with the rest of the world is now at record levels, recently surpassing pounds 10bn for the first time in history, and despite the turbulent trading conditions, demand for products from the North East in the first three months of 2008 rose by 33%, significantly higher than the UK rise of 8.5% for the same quarter.

To find out more about the NECC's export services offer, or to register your interest in the next eCert V5 workshop, contact Brian Dakers on (0191) 375-3348, or email: ecert@necc.co.uk.

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TAKE PAIN OUT OF EXPORTING Brian Dakers front, with NECC's export services team from left, Rachel Featherstone, Jacqui Tulip, Joy Sullivan and Debra Mahan.
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 13, 2008
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