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£8 million funding scheme for customs intermediaries and traders open

Customs intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations can now apply for grants to support training and IT under a £8 million investment from the UK Government.

The UK Government has engaged extensively with industry bodies and key providers of customs broker services – including freight forwarders, fast parcel operators and independent customs brokers – to better understand the challenges they face in supporting existing and new clients.

As part of this investment, £5 million in funding is now available to help businesses, based in, or with a branch in, the UK to meet the costs of employee training and IT improvements.

Businesses can apply for one or both grants:

  • there is £2 million available to fund training for intermediaries and traders completing customs declarations (or intending to complete customs declarations in the future), the grant will provide funding for up to 50% of the cost of training staff

  • there is £3 million available in IT improvement funding, available to small and medium sized employers in the customs intermediaries sector currently completing customs declarations on behalf of importers and exporters, the grant will fund investment in packaged software that increases the automation and productivity of completing customs declarations

Businesses who will benefit from the funding are encouraged to apply early.

Applications will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier once all the funding is allocated.

For further information please visit the GOV.UK website.

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