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HMRC extends deadline for customs declarations grant scheme

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HMRC has extended until 31 January 2021 the deadline for businesses to apply for grant funding to help with customs declarations. To date HMRC has received applications for around £18.5m out of an available fund of £26m.

The financial secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, said: ‘Customs agents, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators can take advantage of the extended period by applying for grants to help them scale up and get ready’.

‘Customs processes can be handled by a business directly, but most businesses currently trading outside Europe use a customs agent’, the financial secretary added.

The government has announced three separate tranches of funding under the scheme. The first tranche in December 2018 provided grants for training staff to deal with customs processes. The second in September 2019 provided funding for IT improvements related to completion of customs declarations. The third tranche was added in October 2019 to help customs agents recruit new staff.

The grant scheme is administered by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) on behalf of HMRC and had been due to stop taking new applications at the end of January 2020. See

Issue: 1475
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