Customs Training

Is your business suddenly exposed to customs processes as a result of the UK departing the European Union?

If so, your employees may need to up-skill to meet the added demands.

Our national network, MHA has developed an in-depth and practical training course for businesses who will be impacted by the Customs changes resulting from Brexit.

MHA’s training has been designed in such a way as to educate employees whose roles will be directly impacted by the imposition of customs processes. This involves the use of relevant scenarios covering imports and exports and practical exercises to embed the knowledge gained during the course.

On the 1st January 2021 the UK will exit the Transition Period and depart the European Union in terms of the transitional membership of the Single Market and Customs Union. As a result, UK businesses who trade with the EU will be required:

  • to submit import and export declarations to HMRC
  • unless a free trade agreement is negotiated with the EU, to pay import duties on importation into the UK
  • to ensure their goods are correctly classified
  • to ensure dual-use or military goods are covered by a licence

To assist businesses in ensuring they are ready for Brexit, HMRC have been allocated extra funds of £50m to cover grants in relation to training, I.T. and recruitment.

The deadline for businesses to apply and submit their Customs support grant funding requests has been extended to 30 August 2021. This is dependent on the funding still being available. Applying for the grant funding means your company can have all the benefits our training provides without the cost impact on the business.

MHA’s training meets all the requirements of the HMRC Training Grant and has been developed by an experienced ex-HMRC Customs Officer.

The training covers all the aspects of custom processes that your business may need to deal with such as:

  • How Brexit will impact on your business – what are the legal requirements and easements provided by the UK
  • How to classify your goods
  • How to value your imports for Customs purposes
  • Customs Duties – What are they and how are they calculated
  • Rules of origin – what are they and how are they used
  • Export Licensing – How to confirm if goods require a licence
  • Import declaration process and how to minimise errors
  • Shipping terms
  • Roles and responsibilities of the importer, exporter, and freight forwarder
  • Duty reliefs such as Customs Warehousing, Inward Processing and Temporary Admission
  • HMRC Customs Audit

If you would like to discuss any of the content above please get in touch with our indirect tax partner Jonathan Main on

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