HMRC has announced that it will provide a further £10 million in grants to provide funding towards training and IT costs for businesses that complete customs declarations for customs agents and intermediaries to build capacity in managing customs declarations.
This additional wave of grants has been developed to directly respond to industry feedback on what is needed to help build capacity ahead of, or after, Brexit, alongside the additional training and IT support already available.
Applications are open to businesses based in, or with a branch in, the UK, that currently complete customs declarations for importers and exporters.
They are available to support costs of hiring staff, including £3,000 for recruitment costs, and up to £10,000 for salary costs, to help build business capacity.
Businesses that will benefit from the funding are encouraged to apply early, as applications will close once all the funding has been allocated, and by 31 January 2020 at the latest. Those that applied for the first and second wave of grants may apply again as part of this new wave.
Businesses that want to apply for funding should not contact HMRC, but can apply online.