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As part of the UK’s planned exit from the European Union (EU), businesses need to take some critical actions to prepare so they can continue to trade and be compliant with the new regulations. One of the key new requirements for customs intermediaries, traders and hauliers will be to submit customs declarations for goods going to or via the EU, not just the rest of the world. A no-deal Brexit will result in a five-fold increase in customs declarations from 55m to 260m.

HMRC is investing in its grant programme to fund employee training, IT improvements and recruitment costs with the aim of increasing customs agents and their capacity. There are many other requirements across the importing and exporting journeys that businesses will need to understand and be ready to take action. We're working closely with HMRC to cascade crucial information to key stakeholders about the support available to them.

PwC are administering these grants on behalf of HMRC as an approved grant administrator. There is a dedicated customs intermediary grant website, https://www.customsintermediarygrant.co.uk/, which includes key information businesses need to know ahead of applying for the grant schemes.

Who should apply?

Businesses who are based in, or have a branch in the UK, at the point of payment are eligible. Note, businesses may be able to apply for one, two or all three of the grants, but certain requirements must be met depending on which grant they’re applying for. Please check the customs intermediary grant website for a full list of eligibility requirements.