Client: Semmco Life Protection Systems



Semmco designs maintenance equipment for the world’s airlines and railways and delivers innovative solutions to keep professional people safe whilst working in life threatening environments. As one of the most respected providers in their field Semmco service clients worldwide via their UK, UAE and USA facilities.


The Life Protection Systems division manufactures and assembles closed circuit chemical oxygen breathing apparatus, each set contains 300g of KO₂ (potassium superoxide). Semmco needed support exporting their Hazchem and non-hazardous products to Northern Ireland and the EU to ensure they were compliant with the regulations negotiated as part of the UK/EU Trade & Cooperation Agreement further to Brexit.


The International Trade Consultancy visited Semmco’s UK office in Woking to conduct a comprehensive audit of how exports were being processed and to fully understand the needs of the business. Areas covered included;

  • Logistics partners
  • Incoterms
  • Commodity codes
  • Import duty
  • VAT
  • Documentation
  • Rules of Origin
  • Northern Ireland / TSS

The International Trade Consultancy designed a series of process maps for each export territory depending on whether the goods were hazardous or non-hazardous. Step-by-step instructions guide Semmco through each scenario with links to relevant partners’ portals and websites including templates to use for the commercial invoice. Finally, The International Trade Consultancy trained all relevant Semmco personnel to ensure everything was clear and to answer any questions.

Lucinda has worked with the team to navigate the changing world of import and export and put in place documented processes for us to follow going forward. A job well done.

Carl Bennett

General Manager, Semmco LPS Ltd