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Customs & Excise

Understanding the complexities of international trade.

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It has always been important from a custom and excise duties perspective that a business who exports or imports goods, understands the complexities of international trade.

However Brexit has renewed the focus on this area, especially with the threat of a no deal Brexit, should a deal not be made by the end of 2020.

As a result of HMRC recruitments in preparation for Brexit, we have seen compliance visits in customs overtake VAT visits for the first time. We have been working with many businesses to understand the rules and requirements and have helped many streamline their processes, ensure compliance and achieve a real saving by duty planning.

Our team of six have varied backgrounds including experienced officers from HMRC, chartered accountants and tax advisers. Our ethos is to help businesses get things right and be comfortable with what they are doing.

Grant funding for training – up to 100% costs covered

HMRC has identified the potential strain on freight forwarders and customs agents to submit customs declarations in a post-Brexit scenario, where goods entering the UK will need to clear through customs.

They are hoping some businesses will opt to complete declarations in-house or that other businesses may set up/gear up for preparing declarations on behalf of other businesses. To consider doing this and in order to complete the declarations correctly, HMRC appreciate that businesses need to have the appropriate knowledge.

As a result, HMRC has allocated grant funding to businesses for three different areas:

  • Training – to increase knowledge so that the business would consider completing declarations
  • IT improvements – purchase software/systems in order to facilitate customs processes – currently aimed at businesses making declarations for others
  • Recruitment – specifically for freight forwarders and customs agents – to help submit more declarations

You can apply for funding for up to 100% of the cost of training, provided you can confirm this would not increase the amount of de-minimis state aid received above the €200,000 threshold. A link to State aid can be found here but please let us know if you would like our help with this.

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Our team can deliver training in the core customs areas that would help businesses understand customs obligations. We have developed the following training sessions which are bespoke to the businesses we present to:

  • Classification
  • Rules of origin
  • Import procedures
  • Export procedures
  • Customs documentation
  • Valuation
  • Export licences

Deadline now extended to 31 January 2021.

Contact our Custom & Excise experts

For further information on how we can help, or if you have any questions about grant funding, please contact us at or fill out the contact form on this page.

FEATURING: Liam Dushynsky
Liam is an Indirect Tax Partner specialising in VAT, Customs Duty and other indirect tax matters. Liam joined PKF Francis Clark in 2005 as part… read more
FEATURING: Kathryn Jenkins
Kathryn joined Francis Clark in 2015 after 11 years working with HMRC as both a visiting and reviews Higher Officer. This provided invaluable technical knowledge… read more
FEATURING: Richard Phillips
Richard joined PKF Francis Clark as an indirect tax consultant in 2018. Following a career as a Higher VAT Officer in HMRC and previously a… read more

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