HMRC Extends Deadline for Customs Training Grants

Businesses who will become involved in completing customs declarations, carrying out customs processes such as importing and exporting and/or helping other businesses with import and export processes can apply for grants now with HMRC funding up to £2,250 per employee that undertakes the training.

The three HMRC grants available are:

Training Grant

The training must give your employees the skills to complete customs declarations and carry out customs processes. The funding can be used to arrange internal training.

The cap per trainee per training course is £1500 if run by an external training provider and £250 if arranged internally. The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification.

IT Improvements Grant

IT improvement funding provides funding of the costs related to IT expenditure related to improving the efficiency of making customs declarations. The application will request details of the software intending to purchase.  

Recruitment Grant

The grant will give you £3000 towards recruitment costs for each new employee hired to complete customs declarations and/or manage customs processes and use customs software and systems.

Action required – apply now

Applications are submitted to PWC, who administer the scheme on behalf of HMRC.

Be aware that applications will close on 31 January 2021, or earlier if funding is fully allocated. Currently there is approximately £7m remaining but this is being allocated quickly, so we recommend that action is taken soon.

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