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Customs Declarations – Grant Scheme


By July 2021 all companies importing or exporting goods from the UK will have to complete customs declarations. This will be a significant challenge for many businesses and the government has three grant schemes to help businesses prepare.

Recruitment grant

A £3,000 grant for recruiting new employees who will manage the customs declaration process. A further £12,000 may also be available to cover the salary costs for each new or redeployed employee.

  • Training grant

A grant of up to £1,500 per employee towards the cost of external customs declaration training courses. It will also cover the cost of internal training, up to a limit of £250 for per employee.

  • IT improvements

The grant covers 100% of the costs relating to your IT expenditure to improve the efficiency of making customs declarations.

Who can apply

To be eligible your business must meet one of the descriptions below

  • complete or intend to complete customs declarations on behalf of your clients
  • be an importer or exporter and complete or intend to complete declarations internally for your own goods
  • be an organisation which recruits, trains and places apprentices in businesses to undertake customs declarations.

In addition, your businesses must:

  • have been established in the UK for at least 12 months before the submission of your application and when the grant is paid
  • not have previously failed to meet its tax obligations

How to apply

Customs Grant Scheme 

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