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Grants to help you prepare customs procedures and checks after Brexit

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Training and IT grants to help you prepare for Brexit

The UK Government has released £5 million funding for training and IT improvements to help UK businesses complete customs declarations to trade with EU member countries - deal or no deal.

Processes and software for submitting customs declarations are both changing at the end of March, regardless of Brexit outcome. A new Customs Declaration Service will replace the existing CHIEF service.

According to the Institute for Government report, there are 180,000 UK businesses trading goods between the UK and the EU who will need to complete customs declarations for the first time.

Read more on what you need to know about the Customs Declaration Service

Looking beyond the EU

The EU will remain a vitally important market for Scottish businesses after Brexit. In addition, businesses should also consider market opportunities outside the EU to help strengthen future growth and meet demand.

With growing interest in quality goods from Scotland around the world, knowledge of customs procedures and documentation will be a necessity if your company is looking to seize those opportunities.

Are you prepared for all possible Brexit scenarios?

Ensure your staff are trained on the latest legislation. To help with this, you can apply for a training grant to attend the Institute of Export’s one-day training course on Customs Procedures and Documentation.

This course will be available in Glasgow and Edinburgh in the coming weeks and months. It will cover everything that you’ll need to know to enable goods to be imported and exported after Brexit. It also looks at the differences between EU and non-EU trade.

Upcoming dates

  • Edinburgh – 25 February, 4 March, 20 March
  • Glasgow – 14 February, 25 February, 7 March, 19 March

Delays, fines and inspections are things that no company wants to endure. This course will equip you with the right information to be able to understand what’s required to comply with customs. And, should at any time an audit be required, you’ll be prepared.

Training grants

Businesses can obtain grants to cover up to 70% of training costs to give employees skills to:

  • Complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or if you intend to in the future)
  • Import from, or export to the EU and complete customs declarations (or if you intend to complete customs declarations in the future)

The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification. You can also use the funding to cover the cost of delivering in-house training. But, not towards the existing costs of current training or for other unrelated training.

Grants to improve your software

Businesses can apply for IT grants up to the maximum amount of state aid (€200,000)

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 less than €50 million

Funding can only be used to buy software that will help your business to complete customs declarations more efficiently. It 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 for customs training and IT grants

Applications are managed PwC for HMRC.

Read full terms and conditions before applying

We suggest you register early. Closing date for applications is 5 April 2019 – or sooner depending on demand.

Register online via PwC

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