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Preparing for Brexit

Information for businesses and employers preparing for Brexit.

Customs Grants Scheme

HMRC has made record funding of £50 million available to enhance its Customs Grant Scheme. From 29 July 2020, organisations can apply for funding to reimburse a number of costs associated with increasing their capacity and enhancing their ability to complete customs declarations, ahead of the new rules from January 2021.

Eligible organisations can apply for funding for recruitment, employee training and IT, in preparation for additional customs declarations. Eligible organisations include traders and customs intermediaries (such as customs brokers, fast parcel operators and freight forwarders) who make or intend to make customs declarations for their own goods or on behalf of others. Organisations which recruit, train and place apprentices into customs intermediaries or other organisations which undertake customs declarations activity are also eligible to apply.

All eligible organisations which are currently and have been based in, or with a branch in, the UK for at least a year can apply for all elements of the grant.

Customs Training and IT Grants Scheme

The Government has announced a £16m Grant Scheme for Customs Intermediaries ahead of Brexit.  Designed to help businesses build capacity and improve efficiency in completing customs declarations, the £16 million programme will award grants to help meet the upfront costs of employee training and IT improvements.

InterTrade Ireland – Brexit Support

InterTrade Ireland have a dedicated Brexit support team who can provide information on funding, details of upcoming events, a tailor-made on-line learning tool and direct you to wider supports and advice.

Invest NI - Get ready for Brexit

Invest Northern Ireland can provide Brexit help, advice and support for your business.​ Invest NI work with businesses of all sizes and are committed to helping your business grow by finding the right combination of support across all the key areas of your operations.

Brexit Hub – NI Chamber of Commerce

NI Chamber of Commerce provide expert, practical assistance to NI Chamber members in planning for the potential implications of Brexit.  This Brexit consultancy service is led by NI Chamber and will be delivered by the team at Pinnacle Professional Limited.

NI Business Info

NI Business Info provide a range of guidance and support to help you prepare for Brexit. NI Business Info is a free service offered by Invest Northern Ireland, and is the official online channel for business advice and guidance in Northern Ireland.

Food And Drink Labelling Changes

How food and drink producers, manufacturers, retailers and suppliers must change labels from 1 January 2021.

Guidance On Health And Identification Marks

Guidance on the health and identification marks that must be applied to products of animal origin (POAO), such as meat, egg products, fish, cheese and milk, after the end of the EU Transition Period at 11pm GMT on 31 December 2020.

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