KLAIPĖDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND CRAFTS
SINCE 1919 IN KLAIPĖDA REGION
O R G A N I Z AT I O N U N I T I N G B U S I N E S S E S The Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts is a non-governmental autonomous business organization operating within the framework of the international systems of Chambers of Commerce and Industry. Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts operate in five major Lithuanian cities – Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai and Panevėžys. Their uniting Association of Lithuanian Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts is a member of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry (“Eurochambres”) as well as the Association of the Baltic Chambers of Commerce and Industry. The Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts operates in accordance with a bill adopted in 1995 and is the only autonomous business organization operating according to special law. The law constitutes voluntary membership in the organization. The aim of the Lithuanian Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts as a self-ruling business organization is representing the interests of its members and providing services instrumental to the business.
THE MEMBERS OF THE KLAIPĖDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND CRAFTS The Chamber represents the interests of businessmen from the Klaipėda and Tauragė regions and seeks to develop business there. The Chamber promotes the development of medium-size and small businesses, exports, and is active in diverse international projects and programmes. VISION
Professional business support organization: reliable, flexible, modern. MISSION
To represent business interests of Western Lithuanian region and seek for business development.
ACTIVITIES DURING 20152017: FOREIGN DELEGATIONS RECEIVED
FOREIGN BUSINESS PARTNERS SEARCH CARRIED OUT
CONFERENCES, DISCUSSIONS, MEETINGS
EXPORT–IMPORT AND OTHER BUSINESS COOPERATION AGREEMENTS SIGNED
SUCCESS STORIES •
A Finnish company was seeking for a manufacturer of a gardening product composed of plastic fabric/mesh, sewing and metal parts. The Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts recommended its client company, which resulted in a cooperation contract between Lithuanian and Finnish companies. A member of Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, which specializes in customs brokerage services, approached the Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts in order to receive assistance with finding partners in German market. Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts suggested the company to join Lithuanian business mission organized to Germany. On site, Lithuanian company met German company, which was looking for a partner that could give support to company’s clients when it comes to custom services for the Lithuanian market. As a result of this meeting, a cooperation agreement was achieved. The turnover of the company increased by 7–8 %. A Belgian Company was looking for production partners for all kinds of print works on paper, cardboard, textiles and plastic in Eastern European countries. After the company created their POD business profile through Enterprise Europe Network system, the Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts brought this business request to the attention of their client company, specialized in offset printing and looking for export opportunities. The Lithuanian company made an expression of interest, which led to a cooperation agreement. 3
WHO CAN BECOME A MEMBER? • • •
Enterprises of all sorts, registered in the Registry of Legal Entities of the Republic of Lithuania; Natural persons exercising a commercial business; Educational and scientific institutions, registered within the field of activities of the Chamber.
HOW TO BECOME A MEMBER?
Enterprises, institutions or natural persons, wishing to become a member of the Chamber, should provide a completed certified application form and a request as well as a copy of the company registry (for new companies – an extract from the Registry office is enough) or Individual activity certificate (if working with one). Full membership rights are granted as soon as the Chamber received confirmation that the membership fee has been paid and the membership certificate is issued. MEMBERS OF THE CHA MBER DISTRIBUTION OF MEMBERS OF THE CHAMBER ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF COMPANY (2017), %
Large (>250 empl.)
Medium (50–249 empl.)
Small (10–49 empl.)
Micro (1–9 empl.)
DISTRIBUTION OF MEMBERS OF THE CHAMBER ACCORDING TO SECTORS OF ACTIVITY (2017), %
Construction 5 % Education 5 %
Services 23 % Transport and transit 16 % 4
Tourism 8 %
Trade 10 %
Banks and financial services 3 % Information technologies 3 %
Manufacture and industry 27 %
M E M B E R S H I P A D VA N TA G E S
BUSINESS INFORMATION AND CONSULTATIONS • • •
Meetings, seminars and training on relevant business topics; Information on business opportunities abroad, financing sources and subsidies, business policies and legislation, consulting on imports and exports, research and public procurement with the EU; Information services on the reliability of partners, staple sources, subcontracting, etc.
COMMON INTEREST GROUPS, FORUMS AND COMMITTEES • • •
Finance committee Tourism committee Construction committee
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Industry committee Transportation and transit committee Members’ Chamber Club
SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE • • • • • • •
Business proposals from foreign companies / Free of charge for members of the Chamber; Export documents (origin of goods certificates) / Discounts for members of the Chamber; Issuing certificates attesting to force majeure conditions; Consultations on exports and imports / Free of charge for members of the Chamber; Searching for business partners, pre-negotiation stage / Free of charge for members of the Chamber; Business missions to different foreign countries, international commerce news and surveys on foreign markets and the investment climate; Consultations on innovations, EU financing, EU legislation.
AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD •
As members of the Chamber you can have your say on the most relevant issues for the business community in Klaipėda city and the surrounding region during meetings with national leaders, other government and local officials as well as experts; To join different Chamber committees, forums and working parties; To participate in best-practice meetings and discussions of businessmen and enterprises, as well as in the activities of the Members’ Chamber Club.
SERVICES TO BUSINESSES: • • • • • • • • • • •
Stimulating foreign trade and exports of goods and services; Stimulating the development of medium-size and small businesses, preparing and administering projects financed by the EU; Providing information on business proposals from foreign enterprises; Seeking foreign partners; Organizing seminars, training courses as well as conferences and presentations; Consulting regarding questions related to business start and development; Organizing business missions, visits to companies and meetings with foreign businessmen; Issuing origin of goods certificates; Consulting regarding issuing GS1 bar-codes; Issuing certificates attesting to force majeure conditions; Confirming the authenticity of international commerce documents. O R I G I N O F G O O D S C E R T I F I C AT E S
The Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts issues and certifies non-preferential, i. e. common-form certificates of origin of goods. Certificates of origin certify the origin of the goods and are issued for every consignment of goods. These documents make it possible to apply exemptions when exporting goods and production to third countries, foreseen in diverse agreements, as well as to the EU. Certificates are issued for every consignment of goods, processed by a single settlement document (invoice). Certificates of origin are issued for goods that are exported outside of the EU customs area; however, certificates may be issued for goods sold to other EU countries if the procuring party insists they need these documents.
F O R C E M A J E U R E C E R T I F I C AT E S These certificates are issued to legal entities that operate a commercial business. Certificates attesting to force majeure conditions are issued by the Vilnius, Kaunas, Klaipėda, Šiauliai, Panevėžys Chambers of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, depending on the activity area, if the force majeure conditions appeared and existed in the territory of the Republic of Lithuania.
MAIN EVENTS: •
“Business. Golf. Jazz”– one of the biggest international events in Klaipėda, which is aimed at encouraging and developing business. The event is organized annually at the end of May – the beginning of June. During the event there are conferences, business contact fairs (B2B), visits to companies, golf tournament and jazz festival held.
Chambers’ birthday – dedicated to commemorate the anniversary of Chambers’ activity (1st October, 1919). The event is organized at the beginning of October.
Lithuanian Export Prize – organized in order to develop the export of production, services and works performed by Lithuanian companies. Moreover, this event is designed to appreciate and promote the tendency of this process. The event is organized in March in Vilnius.
MARKETING SERVICES •
An opportunity to publish an activity calendar and other information about your company on our website and database as well as search for members by fields of activity;
Participate in the “member-to-member” program, which allows members to find clients or service users among members of the Chamber as well as make use of exclusive discounts;
Advertising and information in the weekly “Rūmų žinios”, Internet, export catalogues etc.
THE ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK The Enterprise Europe Network has been operating within the Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts since 2018. It is the largest business support network in Europe, established by the European Commission under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). THE AIM OF THIS NETWORK is to provide all relevant information for enterprise development under the “one-stop shop” principle as well as help companies find business information, business and technology partners in Europe and promote international cooperation. The project is partially financed by the European Commission and more than 60 participant countries. Services are being provided by over 600 organizations and 3000 experts within the network. Four organizations represent the network in Lithuania – Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipėda Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts as well as the public institution Lithuania Innovation Centre.
The Enterprise Europe Network provides information and consultancy on the following issues: •
• Business Support on Your Doorstep
More information on the network online:
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• • www. paramaverslui.eu • • • •
The search for partners in Europe for joint commercial business and / or technological cooperation via: - A database of international EU business partners; - Networking events (B2B); Cooperation between Lithuanian businesses and the European Commission; EU business legal base; EU and national business support programs; Assessment of companies’ international business development potential; EU legal acts and support programs within innovations; Common European scientific research program; Assessment of companies’ technological potential; Innovation management and intellectual property protection; Technological development trends in Europe; Providing information to the European Commission on the
impact of EU legislation on Lithuanian enterprises.
C O N TA C T S THE KLAIPĖDA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND CRAFTS
Danės str. 17, LT-92117 Klaipėda, Lithuania Tel.: +370 46 390 861, +370 46 390 866 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org | www.kcci.lt ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK
Tel.: +370 46 390 867, +370 46 390 863 E-mail: email@example.com | www.paramaverslui.eu
Published on Mar 13, 2018