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Training grants available for all our courses – how to apply

You can use government grant funding to cover the costs of any of the courses provided by the UK Customs Academy. The government is providing this funding to help businesses prepare for Brexit by learning key Customs skills and knowledge. To apply for a grant your company must: be based in, or have a branch, …

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World’s first online Customs Academy officially launched at Parliament event

Key initiative will bolster the Customs intermediaries sector ahead of Brexit The world’s first online Customs Academy was yesterday officially launched at the House of Commons, marking a vital step towards ensuring UK businesses can trade confidently over borders post Brexit. Funded by government as part of its efforts in preparing the UK’s businesses and …

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HM Treasury Announces £16 Million Fund to Train Customs Experts

The government has announced £16m of funding for the training of Customs experts in preparation for Brexit. The fund will cover 100% of the cost of training for employees up to a limit of £2,250 for each course. This funding will be applicable against all the courses provided by the UK Customs Academy. Businesses based …

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Webinar introducing the Customs Academy

In this 1-hour webinar a range of speakers, including those behind its development, discuss how the new ‘UK Customs Academy’ offers a comprehensive development pathway for Customs Professionals and those looking to embark on a career in international trade. This will include speakers from KGH Customs Services, the Institute of Export & International Trade, the …

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VAT registered companies to automatically receive EORI numbers

HMRC has this morning issued a press release confirming that 88,000 VAT registered companies across the UK will be allocated EORI numbers so they can continue to trade with the EU post Brexit. Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid said: “As the government accelerates its preparation to leave the EU on 31st October, it’s right …

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New Customs Grants could be on the way as preparations for ‘No Deal Brexit’ go up a gear

At the end of July, the government announced an extra £2.1bn of funding towards preparations for a ‘No Deal Brexit’. This would represent a doubling of the money that had previously been set aside for this year. The funding will include £130m towards a public information campaign raising awareness about the advice and help that …

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Two thirds of UK exporters not properly prepared for ‘No Deal Brexit’

Two thirds of UK exporters have not taken essential steps to prepare for ‘No Deal Brexit’, according to the latest records from HMRC. Only 70,000 out of 240,000 companies, who export into only the EU at present, have so far registered for an economic operator registration and identification (EORI) number. EORI numbers, which are based …

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Freeports Advisory Panel set up with hope to transform UK economy

The new International Trade Secretary, Liz Truss MP, last week announced a new Freeports Advisory Panel to advise in the establishment of up to 10 Freeports in the UK. Freeports reduce costs and bureaucracy for manufacturing businesses and traders and include customs and tax benefits. This allows the ports to become hubs for businesses and …

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Brexit and origin: a case for the wider use of cross-cumulation

Written by Dr Anna Jerzewska – Customs and Trade Consultant As the UK negotiates its exit from the EU, rules of origin are becoming a key topic. How will the exit from the customs union impact the current production patterns in Europe in industries where hundreds of parts move across national borders every day? How …

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Border Force seizes thousands of products in international operation against wildlife crime

During the month long global Operation Thunderball, Border Force officers in the UK made 168 seizures containing thousands of products regulated under CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) at ports and airports. The international operation was co-led by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) and INTERPOL and involved police, customs, environment, wildlife and …

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