Sandra Strong FIEx CITA


Sandra has 29 years experience in international trade from desk-level to becoming the corporate shipping manager for the Ferranti International Group until its break-up in 1993, when, after 2 years working for the receivers, Strong & Herd was formed.   She was a graduate member of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IoE) until awarded a Fellowship of the Institute in 2011 for services to UK Companies involved in all areas of international trade. She is also a Certified International Trade Advisor and a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).  She is a National Councillor for the Institute of Export (and northwest branch committee member), an enthusiastic member of the British Exporters Association (BEXA) and a number of Chambers International Trade Forums.  She recently sat on the UK ICC Review Committee for the changes to the Incoterms ® 2010 rules and is active in the North West Export Hub along with HSBC, AON, Pinsent Masons, RSM Tenon, UKTI and HMRC.  She continues to have hands-on involvement in export and import on a daily basis. In addition she assists companies in operating compliant Customs procedures such as IPR, OPR, End-Use (predominantly Civil Aircraft and Military), AEO application and procedures, PCC, Intrastat reporting systems, Export Control Regulations (both UK and USA, eg ITAR) and Letter of Credit procedures. She presents practical in-company and public workshops (throughout the EU) that reflect the very latest in export and import techniques with useful tips on how to put theory into practice.  Since 1999 she has worked closely with HM Revenue & Customs in presenting awareness workshops covering all aspects of customs procedures, eg new procedures such as ECS/AEO, tariff classification, origin and preference, valuations rules.  These "spotlight" presentations focus on current issues and changes affecting companies involved in international trade. 


As Managing Partner of Strong & Herd LLP she is involved in the training courses as well as the day-to-day activity of the Shipping Office and OneCall client support services and audits/reviews/ implements Corrective Action - Best Practice programmes for company’s import, export and customs procedures in-line with HMRC standards and BIS Export Control Organisation requirements.


Sandra Strong has a regular Questions & Answers section in the Croner/IoE Trade International Digest along with the essential Compliance Watch, keeping companies aware of current and furture changes in international trade procedures.  She writes on various trade topics including tariff classification, Incoterms, letters of credit and duty relief procedures, is a regular contributor to this website's Articles section and is an adviser for the Croner Helpline and the country pages in their Reference Book for Exporters/Croner-i. She is the co-author of the "Importers' Handbook", revised Frank Dow's "Understanding Documentary Bills and Credits" for Croner Publications and has co-operated with the British Exporters Association (BeXA) in producing their excellent handbooks "A Guide to Successful Exporting" and the "Guide to International Trade Compliance".


You can even follow her on Twitter at:


Contact Strong & Herd
to discuss your requirements
0161 499 7000
0161 499 7100
Strong & Herd LLP, Manchester International Office Centre
Styal Road, Manchester, M22 5WB