In December 2018, HMRC introduced grants to help businesses with their customs declarations. Existing import and export processes are going to change significantly and quickly, whatever the outcome of Brexit. Whether your business deals with customs declarations first-hand, or you use a third-party service (such as freight forwarders or customs brokers), you’re still responsible for making sure your procedures are compliant.
Our one-day seminars and workshops are designed to give an end to end understanding of import and export duty compliance. You can apply for funding for a place on one or both events, depending on your requirements:
Customs Declarations – A Guide to Customs Procedures and Documentation
We will take you through a step by step guide to submitting a declaration to HMRC and preparing supporting documentation. This is an essential skill to learn, to ensure you understand EU customs procedures ahead of the UK leaving the EU Customs Union in March 2019.
Strategic Planning for Importers and Exporters
This seminar is aimed at business managers looking to plan or enhance their import and export procedures, with a particular focus on customs changes following Brexit. Our experts will explain the costs to consider and introduce potential money saving opportunities your business may benefit from.
How do I apply for a grant?
Here’s an example of the training grant application process:
- Reserve your place on our courses
- We’ll send you a quote and course details to use in your grant application
- Apply for your HMRC grant through PwC’s online portal
- 2-3 weeks later you’ll get your grant offer letter
- Pay for your booking and we’ll send proof of purchase
- Submit a refund claim through your PwC account (make sure you include your receipt from us)
- Claim accepted – your money will be with you within 30 days
There are two types of grant available and businesses can apply for one or both, depending on their eligibility:
Training grant – to pay for employee training (such as our seminars and workshops) on customs declarations and any related procedures.
You can apply for this grant if your business completes customs declarations for yourself or someone else, or is planning to in future.
IT improvements grant – to purchase software that will assist with submitting customs declarations.
You can apply if your business currently completes customs declarations for importers and exporters, has 250 employees or less and an annual turnover of €50 million (approx. £45 million) or less.
To be eligible for either grant, your business must have a branch in or be based in the UK.
For more information about HMRC’s eligibility criteria, visit their website.
Before you apply for a grant, make sure you have the following information ready:
- Registered company name and number
- Business contact details
- VAT number (if this applies)
- Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR)
- Your company’s most recent utility bill
The deadline for applications is 5th April 2019
How much funding can I apply for?
Businesses with less than 50 employees and an annual turnover of less than €10 million (approx. £9 million):
- Up to 70% of training costs, capped at £1050 per employee
Businesses with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover of less than €50 million (approx. £45 million)
- Up to 60% of training costs, capped at £1050 per employee
Standard funding for all other businesses:
- Up to 50% of training costs, capped at £750 per employee
IT improvements grant
Up to a maximum of €200,000 (approx. £180,000)