From 1 January 2021, customs declarations will be required for goods entering NI, as these goods are entering the customs territory of the EU. However, the scope of declaration is still fully to be determined.
You can use a customs intermediary (forwarder, agent, broker) to complete the customs declaration, but you can also, if you wish, make your own declarations. The good news is that the Government has re-opened grant funding should you choose to make your own declarations.
This grant funding can be used towards helping businesses train staff in making customs declarations and is open to businesses that are established in or have a branch in the UK when the grant is paid to you, and for those that have not previously failed to meet tax obligations.
To apply for the grants, your business must either complete customs declarations for yourself or someone else (or intend to in the future) and you must import from or export to the EU.
The grant will give you up to 100% of the cost of training for your employees, up to a limit of £1,500 per trainee. It will also cover the cost of our in-house training up to a limit of £1,500 for each employee on the course.
Applications are open until 30 June 2021 (or until all funding is allocated) and more detail can be found here.
Please be aware, the limited funding is being used up quickly and we strongly advise applying sooner rather than later.