HMRC Extends Deadline for Customs Training Grants

Customs and Excise Duty

Businesses who will become involved in completing customs declarations, carrying out customs processes such as importing and exporting and/or helping other businesses with HMRC Extends Deadline for Customs Training Grantsimport 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.


Be aware that applications will close on 31 January 2021, or earlier if funding is fully allocated. Currently there is approximately £7m remaining but this is being allocated quickly, so we recommend that action is taken soon.

MHA MacIntyre Hudson is an approved HMRC trainer and will provide training either at your premises or at our offices.

Download a copy of the guide below or contact a member of our specialist Indirect Tax team.

Andrew Thurston
Customs Duty Consultant

T: +44 (0)1604 624011

Alison Horner
Indirect Tax Partner

T: +44 (0)1604 624 011

Download Now

HMRC Extends Deadline for Customs Training Grants

Customs and Excise Duty