Customs Training and IT Grant

"£5m of grants available to get me prepared for Brexit"

Keep trading internationally

The Customs Intermediaries Grant Scheme is designed to help your business build capacity and improve efficiency in completing customs declarations.

Financial support

We can provide funding towards the upfront costs of training your staff and investing in your IT to improve efficiency provided you meet certain eligibility criteria.

The clock is ticking

Applications will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier once all the funding is allocated.

How does it work?

Funding of £5 million has been set aside for grants to help meet the upfront costs of employee training and IT improvements relating to completing customs declarations:

  • £2 million is available for training grants for any business completing customs declarations (or intending to complete customs declarations in the future)
  • £3 million is available for IT improvement grants for customs intermediaries who complete customs declarations on behalf of importers and exporters, and who are Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (less than 250 employees and annual turnover less than EUR 50 million)

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) have been appointed on behalf of HMRC to administer the customs intermediaries’ grants.

Our role is to manage the grant process on a day-to-day basis with oversight of HMRC to achieve the objectives of the grants.

Who can apply?

Each business will have different needs and may be able to apply for one or both grants but must meet certain requirements depending on which grant they apply for.  The training grants are available to customs intermediaries and traders, and the IT grants are available for existing customs intermediaries only.

Customs intermediaries are any company or sole trader that helps other businesses move goods from A to B and comply with international trade and customs formalities. Customs agents typically provide services that involve handling all necessary customs paperwork and making declarations.

Some companies offer the full package of services, where they will handle the paperwork and other customs formalities, as well as transporting the goods.

Who can apply?


Each business will have different needs and may be able to apply for one or both grants but must meet certain requirements depending on which grant they apply for.  The training grants are available to customs intermediaries and traders, and the IT grants are available for existing customs intermediaries only.


Customs intermediaries are any company or sole trader that helps other businesses move goods from A to B and comply with international trade and customs formalities. Customs agents typically provide services that involve handling all necessary customs paperwork and making declarations.

 

Some companies offer the full package of services, where they will handle the paperwork and other customs formalities, as well as transporting the goods.

 

 

 

Examples of customs intermediaries include:

 

  • Customs brokers who submit declarations on behalf of traders;

  • Hauliers and shipping companies who transport cargo over land and sea;

  • Freight forwarders who manage the import/export process on behalf of other traders, often contracting out individual hauliers and brokers;

  • Fast parcel operators who offer an end to end service themselves and mainly deal with small, time-sensitive consignments.

Examples of customs intermediaries include:

  • Customs brokers who submit declarations on behalf of traders;
  • Hauliers and shipping companies who transport cargo over land and sea;
  • Freight forwarders who manage the import/export process on behalf of other traders, often contracting out individual hauliers and brokers;
  • Fast parcel operators who offer an end to end service themselves and mainly deal with small, time-sensitive consignments.

Who can apply?


Each business will have different needs and may be able to apply for one or both grants but must meet certain requirements depending on which grant they apply for.  The training grants are available to customs intermediaries and traders, and the IT grants are available for existing customs intermediaries only.


Customs intermediaries are any company or sole trader that helps other businesses move goods from A to B and comply with international trade and customs formalities. Customs agents typically provide services that involve handling all necessary customs paperwork and making declarations.

 

Some companies offer the full package of services, where they will handle the paperwork and other customs formalities, as well as transporting the goods.

 

 

 

Examples of customs intermediaries include:

 

  • Customs brokers who submit declarations on behalf of traders;

  • Hauliers and shipping companies who transport cargo over land and sea;

  • Freight forwarders who manage the import/export process on behalf of other traders, often contracting out individual hauliers and brokers;

  • Fast parcel operators who offer an end to end service themselves and mainly deal with small, time-sensitive consignments.

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