Funding announced for businesses preparing for No Deal Brexit

The government has announced new grant funding worth £16m towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations and help businesses that support others to trade goods to invest in IT

by Gordon Glenister | Tuesday 1 October 2019

Businesses can get funding for the following:

• training that helps your business to complete customs declarations and processes
• IT improvements to help your business complete customs declarations more efficiently

You can use the funding to reimburse what your business has spent on relevant IT improvements and training since 31 July 2019, as well as in the future.

The funding is open to businesses that are established in or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you, and for those that have not previously failed to meet tax obligations.

To apply for the grants, your business must either complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future) and you must import from or export to the EU.

Funded training must give you or your employees the skills to:

• complete customs declarations
• carry out customs processes – this can include relevant training in safety and security
• help other businesses with import and export processes

The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification.

The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £2,250 for each course. It will also cover the cost of training you run internally, up to a limit of £250 for each employee on the course.

The Institute of Export offers a range training courses to businesses looking to learn about Customs Procedures and Declarations, which this grant funding will be applicable against, including the following:

• Step by Step guidance on completing Customs Declarations
• Customs Procedures and Documentation
• Customs Classification and Tariff Codes
• Understanding Rules of Origin, Free Trade Agreement and Export Preference
• Introduction to Exporting
• Introduction to Importing
• Advanced Exporting
• Advanced Importing
• Post Brexit Planning Workshop
• Post Brexit Documentation and Compliance

The funding is being administered by PwC and can be applied for here:


Gordon Glenister
The Institute of Export
+44 1733 404400

Tuesday 1 October 2019 / file under Education | Government