From early December 2018, you can apply to get funding to help your business complete customs declarations, in preparation for the UK leaving the EU.
You can apply to get funding for:
- training that helps your employees to complete customs declarations and processes
- IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently
Who can apply
You can apply if your business completes customs declarations and is established in, or has a branch in the UK. This includes customs brokers, freight forwarders and fast parcel operators.
You can apply for just one of the grants, or both.
Your business has to meet certain requirements, depending on which grant you want to apply for.
To apply for the training grant, your business must either:
- complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future)
- import from, or export to the EU and complete customs declarations (or intend to complete customs declarations in the future)
IT improvements grant
To apply for the IT improvements grant, your business must:
- currently complete customs declarations for importers and exporters
- have 250 employees or fewer
- have an annual turnover of £50 million or less
What you must use the grants for
The grant will give you up to 50% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £750 for each employee on a course.
The training must give your employees skills to:
- complete customs declarations and processes
- help other businesses with import and export processes
The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification.
You cannot use the funding:
- towards the existing costs of current training
- for other unrelated training
The grant will give you up to €200,000 (the maximum amount of state aid available) to buy software that will help your business to complete customs declarations more efficiently.
The software must be a ready-made solution - you cannot use the funding to commission bespoke software.
You can also use the funding to:
- buy hardware that’s needed for the software to run
- install and configure the software and hardware
- buy the first year licence
- train employees to use the software
You cannot use the funding for unrelated networking costs.
How to apply
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) is administering the grants for HMRC.
You’ll be able to find more information about the grants and apply on PwC’s website. The link to apply will be published here in early December 2018.