OVERSEAS trade specialist, Chamber International, has extended its customs brokerage team, ChamberCustoms, with the appointment of an administrator.

Adelina Paduraru gained a general law degree at the prestigious Ovidious Law University, Constanta, Romania, and a master’s in Public Law. In the UK she has gained a Level 3 Customs Practitioner Award from the Institute of Export and International Trade.

She will work at the Bradford firm, to support businesses which will have to complete customs declarations for the first time after the UK’s transition period for leaving the EU ends on December 31.

Until now only firms exporting to, and importing from, outside the EU have to complete the declaration but, due to Brexit, and whether or not the UK negotiates an 11th hour trade deal, the number of UK customs declarations will soar by around 500 per cent to 255 million a year from January. About 50 per cent of all UK importers and exporters trade only with the EU and will have to complete them for the first time.

Ms Paduraru, who speaks Romanian and English as well as French and some Italian and Spanish, has several years experience in international trade as a duty and export administrator for a large West Yorkshire supply chain specialist. She will support ChamberCustoms clients by proving customs clearance and entries as well as advising on other customs-related matters.

She said: “It is an honour to join such a skilled and respected team at Chamber International at a crucial time for export declarations.”

Chamber International helps hundreds of new and experienced exporters throughout the UK with a wide range of specialist services to make exporting easier and more cost effective.