Please see the below information from the Department for International Trade regarding the UK transition from the EU, and a reminder of the customs intermediary grants available.
The UK has left the EU and will leave the EU Single Market and Customs Union at the end of the year. With only 100 days until the end of the transition period, businesses should take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will come into effect from January 2021.
To help you prepare, here are four things you should do:
These are concrete steps you can take now to minimise disruption and take advantage of new opportunities.
If you have any questions about preparing for the end of the transition period and you can’t find answers at GOV.UK/transition, fill out the enquiry form and one of our experts will point you in the right direction.
You can also find information and advice about trading internationally (outside of the EU) at great.gov.uk.
HMRC has made record funding of £50 million available to enhance its Customs Grant Scheme. From 29 July 2020, organisations can apply for funding to reimburse a number of costs associated with increasing their capacity and enhancing their ability to complete customs declarations, ahead of the new rules from January 2021.
Eligible organisations can apply for funding for recruitment, employee training and IT, in preparation for additional customs declarations. Eligible organisations include traders and customs intermediaries (such as customs brokers, fast parcel operators and freight forwarders) who make or intend to make customs declarations for their own goods or on behalf of others. Organisations which recruit, train and place apprentices into customs intermediaries or other organisations which undertake customs declarations activity are also eligible to apply.
All eligible organisations which are currently and have been based in, or with a branch in, the UK for at least a year can apply for all elements of the grant.
Find out more here.