According to official statistics released by HMRC, the UK exported £30.5 billion worth of goods in December 2019. Whilst that’s a 16% rise compared to the year before, it also means more export customs declarations being filled in.
Grants to help with customs declarations
The good news is that there are grants available to help UK businesses who need to complete the export customs process. If your UK business exports goods, or is getting ready to, you can use these grants to recruit and train staff, as well as for IT software.
What kind of customs grant funding can I get?
There are three types of grants available to help businesses improve their capacity for dealing with customs declarations. As long as your business meets the funding criteria, you can apply for any or all of the customs declaration grants, in any combination.
The customs grants available are:
A recruitment grant for the costs of taking on new staff to complete customs declarations – but only if you are a customs intermediary.
A training grant, for the cost of training staff to complete customs declarations – but only if you are either a customs intermediary, or a business importing/exporting with the EU.
An IT grant to improve your computer software and systems in order to complete customs declarations more efficiently.
HMRC list the application criteria for each customs grant, as well as the amounts of funding available, in more detail on their website.
How do I apply for a customs declarations grant?
Rather than applying to HMRC for a customs grant, the application process is being administered by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Applications for the funding should be made online.
When does the funding scheme for customs grants close?
HMRC have extended the application deadline for customs grants until 31 January 2021. Now that the UK has left the EU, the extension gives UK businesses more time to prepare for likely changes to customs arrangements when trading with the EU.
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