Final opportunity to apply for £2,000 import-export grant
The deadline to apply for a £2,000 grant to support small and medium-sized businesses that want to start importing and exporting is on 30 June.
The SME Brexit Support Fund is open to businesses with up to 500 employees and no more than £100 million annual turnover.
Successful applicants will receive up to £2,000 to help with training or professional advice related to importing and exporting. Each organisation has different needs when it comes to importing and exporting, so the grants can be used for a broad range of purposes, including:
- Customs declarations training.
- Customs processes, software and systems training.
- Training related to specific import and export related activities, including VAT, excise and rules of origin.
It can also be used to secure professional advice related to customs, excise, import VAT or other regulations that might affect your business.
The Brexit support grant was introduced following a delay to new border controls, designed to allow UK firms to focus on recovery. Full import border control processes will now be introduced on 1st January 2022, six months later than originally planned.
Qualifying businesses must have been established in the UK for at least 12 months and not have failed to meet tax or customs obligations.
Because the grant is designed to boost imports and exports from outside the EU, the scheme is only open to companies that currently only import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU or between Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Businesses that already import or export to countries outside of the EU will not qualify for this grant.
Your business must also either:
- Complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally.
- Use someone else to complete import or export declarations but require additional capability internally.