How EU and US businesses can claim UK grants on customs training too

Recently, many of our subscribers enquired about how to take advantage of the grant offered by the UK Government for customs training and who is eligible for it.

We assist businesses with registration and meeting the requirements, for eligibility, design online and in-house training programs and offer 1-1-21 Post-Brexit Planning Workshops.

Contact customs expert Arne Mielken to understand how we can help.

From 1 January 2021, the UK will have left the EU single market and customs union and that means that the trading relationship between EU-UK will change. Businesses will need to make customs declarations to import and export goods between Great Britain (GB) and the EU once the UK is outside the EU’s customs territory.

Businesses are encouraged to apply for the grant

HMRC had made available £8 million government initiative to help businesses prepare for EU Exit. The scheme, first announced in September 2019, had been due to close on 31 January 2020. By February 2020, applications had been made for around £18.5 million out of a possible £26 million – meaning there is at least £7.5 million left to claim from HMRC.

As well as supporting recruitment and improved IT capability, the money applied for so far could potentially fund nearly 15,000 training courses to help traders submit customs declarations.

Who can apply

To apply for the training grant, your business must be established in, or have a branch in the UK meaning that customs managers and global trade professionals in the EU or further afield with some form of business establishment in the UK can also apply (through their UK company). If you manage your UK customs affairs principally from outside the UK but do have an office in the UK, contact us to discuss how we may be able to assist you claim the grant,

Training grant

To apply for the training grant, your business must either:

  • complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future)

  • import from, or export to the EU and complete customs declarations (or intend to complete customs declarations in the future)

The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 for each course.

It will also cover the cost of training you run internally, up to a limit of £250 for each employee on the course.

What must the training cover?

The training must give you or your employees the skills to: complete customs declarations carry out customs processes – to help other businesses with import and export processes

Get in-house training

You can arrange for in-house training internally, to get the training delivered and include stationery, room hire and catering. f the training will be delivered by an in-house trainer, you can also use the funding to cover the (reasonable) day rate of the trainer.

Where to apply?

Register for funding here:

There is support

We guide you through the application progress to help you get registered. We will then discuss your training needs and design a training program for you to meet your needs.

Contact us to find out more..



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