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HMRC Extends Customs Declaration Grant

HM Revenue and Customs has extended the deadline for businesses to apply for customs support funding to 31 January 2021.

The scheme, first announced in September 2019, had been due to close on 31 January 2020. To date, applications have been made for around £18.5 million out of a possible £26 million – meaning there is at least £7.5 million left to claim from HMRC.

As well as supporting recruitment and improved IT capability, the money applied for so far could potentially fund nearly 15,000 training courses to help traders submit customs declarations.

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce runs several training courses throughout the year which are eligible for the funding. In addition, the Chamber is also able to process import and export customs declarations for businesses.

To find out more about either of these services, please contact the International Trade team at exportbritain@gmchamber.co.uk.

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