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Government funding for customs declarations

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From December 2018, businesses will be able to apply for grants to help fund training and IT improvements connected with completion of customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU. The grants will be administered on HMRC’s behalf by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). HMRC says it will publish more information about how to apply, including a link to PwC’s website, in early December.

To apply for a training grant, a business must either:

  • complete customs declarations for itself or someone else (or intend to in the future); or
  • import from, or export to the EU and complete customs declarations (or intend to complete customs declarations in the future).

The grant will give up to 50% of the cost of training for employees, up to a limit of £750 for each employee on a course.

To apply for an IT improvements grant, a business must:

  • currently complete customs declarations for importers and exporters;
  • have 250 employees or fewer; and
  • have an annual turnover of £50m or less.

The grant will be worth up to €200,000 (the maximum amount of state aid available) to buy software, as well as necessary hardware and setup costs, for completing customs declarations.


Issue: 1423
Categories: News