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Government Grants Available for Training Courses in Customs Procedures
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Grants

At last!!

Great news, the government has announced £2 million worth of new grant funding towards training that helps UK businesses to complete customs declarations.

To prepare us all for the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Institute's one day Customs Procedures & Documentation training course covers everything that you will need to know to enable goods to be imported and exported post Brexit.

Delays, fines and inspections are things that no company wants to endure and this course will equip attendees with the information to be able to understand what is required to comply with customs and make sure you are compliant for an audit by HMRC.

If businesses aren’t prepared for the worst-case scenarios, the worst could really happen.

Now is the perfect time to get your staff booked onto our training as the Customs Procedures & Documentation course is eligible for grant funding and we have put on extra dates between January and March 2019, to help businesses prepare for Brexit – whatever that may look like.

Hurry though - applications for the grants will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier once all the funding is allocated. 

 

 Six simple steps to apply for the training grant:
 
1. Find a course that you think works for you (see the list below) 
2. Register for an account with PwC and apply for a grant here
3. Receive a grant offer letter
4. Book & pay for the training course
5. Submit claim form through your PwC account with proof of payment
6. Your funds will be paid within 30 days of your claim

 

Full programme of Customs training provided by the Institute

The Institute offers a range training courses to businesses looking to learn about Customs Procedures and Declarations, which this grant funding will be applicable against, including the following:

 

How to apply

The funding is only available for companies who:

  • complete customs declarations for themselves or someone else (or intend to in the future)
  • are established or have a branch in the UK

This includes customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators.

For businesses with fewer than 50 employees and an annual turnover under €10 million, the grant covers up to 70% of the training costs for a business’ employees, up to a limit of £1,050 per employee on a course.

For businesses with fewer than 250 employees and an annual turnover below €50 million this figure is 60%; for other businesses the funding is up to 50%.

The funding cannot be used towards the existing costs of training already being undertaken, or for unrelated training courses. The training does not need to lead to a formal qualification.

A grant towards implementing IT improvements that aid a business’ customs processes is also available. To apply for this IT grant companies must have 250 or fewer employees, an annual turnover of £50 million or less, and be currently completing customs declarations for importers and exporters.

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

 

The Institute welcomes government support for the country’s exporters

The Institute of Export & International Trade welcomes any new support for the country’s exporters, especially given the impact that Brexit will undoubtedly have on the processes involved when moving goods into the EU. Our training courses are ideal for companies looking to apply for the funding.

The funding is being administered by PwC and can be applied for here: https://www.customsintermediarygrant.co.uk/registration/