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Brexit grants for customs declarations

Once the transition period ends on 31 December 2020, businesses will need to complete customs declarations for goods crossing the UK border (except goods moving between Northern Ireland and Ireland). Funding to help with completing the customs declarations has been made available by HMRC.

HMRC is currently implementing a new digital customs declaration service, which all traders will need to use – either by completing declarations themselves or using an agent to do it for them.

HMRC has made available funding to help businesses complete customs declarations. Grants are available to enterprises established (or with a branch) in the UK to cover new roles and help train employees to deal with customs procedures. UK "customs intermediaries" can apply for funding for investments in IT. The schemes will close for applications on 31 January 2021 or when all of the funding is allocated. The schemes are administered by PwC for HMRC.

Recruitment

Businesses can apply for government funding to cover the cost of new roles needed to ‘increase the capacity of the company to deal with customs declarations’.

Grants will be available for the recruitment and salary costs of new employees, where the new employee started on or after 12 June 2020, who will help your business complete customs declarations. 

Funding can also be used to cover the salary costs of employees who are redeployed from another part of your business in order to undertake customs declarations. 

Up to £3,000 will be provided for recruitment and £12,000 for salary costs, for each recruited or redeployed employee.

Training costs for completing customs declarations

The grant provides funding to UK companies trading with the EU for training to:

  • complete customs declarations or other declarations required to complete customs processes; and
  • carry out the technical processes of customs procedures.

The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification. Current or unrelated training cannot be funded.

The funding covers the full costs of training up to £2,250 per trainee for externally delivered training or £250 per trainee for internally delivered training.

Businesses can also use the grant to reimburse what they have spent on relevant training since 31 July 2019. 

Applicants must submit evidence of payment within 2 calendar months of the grant offer being issued.

Businesses that applied for wave 1 of the grant scheme earlier in 2019 can still apply for funding under the second wave, although their earlier application will be taken into account.