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Government Grants Now Available
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Government funding has been reinstated until 31st January 2021

There is £7.5 million worth of funding left to be claimed from the original £16 million budget allocated to customs training.

Great news, the government has re-opened grant funding towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations and to help businesses that support others to trade goods to invest in IT.

Businesses can get funding for the following:

  • training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes
  • IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

You can use the funding to reimburse what your business is going to spend on relevant IT improvements and training.

The funding is open to businesses that are established in or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you, and for those that have not previously failed to meet tax obligations.

To apply for the grants, your business must either complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future) and you must import from or export to the EU.

Funded training must give you or your employees the skills to:

  • complete customs declarations
  • carry out customs processes – this can include relevant training in safety and security
  • help other businesses with import and export processes

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


Companies involved in trade as importers or exporters are eligible to apply for the training grant even if you use a third party to complete your declarations.

The IT grant and recruitment grant, however, are only open to the customs intermediary companies.

The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 per trainee. It will also cover the cost of our in-house training up to a limit of £2,250 for each employee on the course.


The grant funding can also be applied to international trade qualifications. This means that you will get the full cost covered for anyone wishing to study:

Level 3 Certificate in International Trade

And you will get £2,250 paid towards the cost of

Level 4 Diploma in International Trade

Level 5 Diploma in International Trade

Level 5 Diploma in World Customs Compliance & Regulations.


 Six simple steps to apply for the training grant:
1. Find a course or qualification that you think works for you
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 or qualification
5. Submit claim form through your PwC account with proof of payment
6. Your funds will be paid within 30 days of your claim


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:


The funding is being administered by PwC and can be applied for here: