HMRC are currently offering 100% grant funding for businesses to train their staff using the UK Customs Academy courses to help get ready for Brexit. Developed at the request of HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) to help businesses prepare for trading with the EU post Brexit, the UK Customs Academy is a partnership between the Institute of Export & International Trade and the Centre for Customs & Excise Studies. The Academy is the world’s first online Customs Academy offering a comprehensive development pathway for Customs Professionals.

An additional £50million of government grant funding has recently been announced to support UK-based companies with training to help handle the new ‘customs declarations’ processes. The grants are available to customs intermediaries and all companies involved in trade as importers or exporters.

The UK Customs Academy offers a range of online customs courses, depending on your level of experience and knowledge in customs and international trade.

Courses available are from an entry-level Level 2 ‘Customs Practice & Procedure Award’ all the way through to a Level 7 ‘Masters in Customs Administration’.

The Level 3 Certificate in Customs Compliance is the minimum qualification considered necessary to prepare and lodge customs declarations with HMRC.

Find out more about the grant funding here and view some videos about the UK Customs Academy here.

A PDF brochure setting out the details of each course and giving further information regarding the modules can be found here.

The Institute of Export also have a series of recently put together webinars focusing on this scheme which can be found here.

The Institute of Export would like to help you to help your members as much as possible by making sure this message gets out and they are fully aware of these Government subsidised courses. The Institute would also like to help you with tailor-made presentations/webinars on the scheme for your members which can be co-branded with you. Find out more about this service by contacting Craig Smith from the Institute directly on Tel: 01298 79562 or by email

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