HMRC Extends Deadline for Customs Training Grants

Businesses who will become involved in completing customs declarations, carrying out customs processes such as importing and exporting and/or helping other businesses with import and export processes can apply for grants now with HMRC funding up to £1,500 per employee that undertakes the training.

The three HMRC grants available are:

Training Grant

An application for a training grant is submitted to PWC, who administer the scheme on behalf of HMRC, prior to any training being supplied.

IT Improvements Grant

IT improvement funding is available to existing customs intermediaries who currently complete customs declarations on behalf of importers and exporters, or those who wish to begin performing this function for its customers.

Recruitment Grant

Available to all customs intermediaries, who complete customs declarations paperwork on behalf of their clients.

The application for a grant is not limited to companies. You can also apply for the grants if you are self-employed.


The cap per trainee per training course is £1,500 (external) and £250 (internal). The training does not have to lead to a formal qualification. Attendees will be issued with a certificate to confirm attendance at the course for your training records.

Apply now!

On 12th June 2020 further funding of £50m was announced. Be aware that applications will close on 31 August 2021, or earlier if funding is fully allocated. We recommend that action is taken soon as this requests for this funding will be immensely popular as attention returns to Brexit.

Read our fact sheet for information on how to apply.

Custom Grants Extension Fact Sheet

If you would like any advice, please contact a member of our team 01903 234094.

A version of this blog originally appeared on the website of MHA member firm, MacIntyre Hudson.