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Brexit: £8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders

8 February 2019


Financial support is available to meet the upfront costs of employee training and IT improvements

Funding is now available to help customs intermediaries and traders based in the UK address the potential capacity challenges in supporting existing and new clients when the UK leaves the EU. Financial support is available to meet the upfront costs of employee training and IT improvements.

Employee training grant

There is £2 million available to fund training for intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations, or intending to complete customs declarations in the future. The grant will provide funding for up to 50% of the cost of training staff.

How to qualify

Your business must:

  • either complete customs declarations for themselves 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)

What you can use the grant for

The grant will provide funding for up to 50% of the cost of training your employees to:

  • complete customs declarations
  • facilitate other businesses to use import and export procedures
  • carry out the technical processes of customs procedures

The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification.

What you cannot use the grant for

You cannot use the grant:

  • towards the existing costs of current training
  • for other unrelated training

IT improvements grant

There is £3 million available for funding IT improvements. This is available to small and medium-sized enterprises in the customs intermediaries sector who are currently completing customs declarations on behalf of importers and exporters.

The grant will fund investment in packaged software that increases the automation and productivity of completing customs declarations.

How to qualify

Your business must:

  • currently complete customs declarations on behalf of importers and exporters
  • have 250 employees or less
  • have an annual turnover of £50 million or less

What you can use the grant for

You must use the funding to buy software that’s:

  • a packaged solution
  • used to increase the automation or productivity of your business in completing customs declarations

The funding can also be used:

  • to buy hardware that’s needed for the software to run
  • to install and configure the software and hardware
  • for the first year license
  • for training employees to use the software

What you cannot use the grant for

You cannot use the funding:

  • to commission bespoke software
  • for unrelated networking costs

How to apply

Applications will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier once all the funding is allocated. If you think your business qualifies for either grant, please apply at the earliest opportunity.

Find more information and apply online.