Staffordshire Chambers’ International Trade experts to help guide businesses through new CBAM legislation

Businesses that import goods into the UK are set to be subject to a new CBAM levy that will place a carbon price on some of the most emission-intensive industrial goods that enter the country.

The UK Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism – or CBAM – will be effective by 2027, and targets goods from countries with a lower or no carbon price. It’s hoped that the move will ensure products from overseas face a comparable carbon price to those produced in the UK.

Businesses in the aluminium, cement, ceramics, fertiliser, glass, hydrogen, iron and steel sectors will be most impacted by these changes.

Now, experts from Staffordshire Chambers’ International Trade team are supporting businesses who have questions about what the CBAM legislation means for them.

Staffordshire Chambers International Trade Centre Manager, Allison Tomlinson, said: “The liability applied by the CBAM will depend on the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of the imported good and the gap between the carbon price applied in the country of origin – if any – and the carbon price that would have been applied had the good been produced in the UK.

“It’s hoped that the legislation will help to tackle ‘carbon leakage’ – which is the movement of production and associated emissions from one country to another due to different levels of decarbonisation effort through carbon pricing and climate regulation.

“Businesses understandably have lots of questions about CBAM and are able to contact the team here directly if they need support.”

Businesses can email for support with their enquiries.