Government Funded Post-Brexit Customs Capacity Training for Business
The Irish Government announced a new funding initiative on 7 August 2019 called the Clear Customs initiative (the Initiative) to help businesses trading with or through the United Kingdom (UK) with customs capacity post-Brexit.

 

The Irish Government announced a new funding initiative on 7 August 2019 called the Clear Customs initiative (the Initiative) to help businesses trading with or through the United Kingdom (UK) with customs capacity post-Brexit.

Aim

The Initiative is aimed at companies incorporated in Ireland, currently directly engaged in import/export or facilitating the import/export of goods to, from, or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity post-Brexit.

What is covered by the Initiative?

The Initiative covers two aspects, staff training and funding. 

  • Staff Training
    The Initiative offers businesses the opportunity to avail of a free training programme to develop capacity in preparation for imposed customs checks and regulations that may follow when the UK leaves the European Union.
  • Funding
    There is funding of €6,000 (the Funding) per employee available to cover the costs of recruiting and assigning of new staff. While the Funding terms and conditions have yet to be published, funding is understood to be available for part-time and full-time employees, on a pro-rata basis. Payment will be in two instalments; one when the employee begins the training and the other at a later date.  Employers can apply under the Initiative for up to 10 employees.

How to avail of the Initiative

Employers must register their interest for free training by 20 September 2019, and if eligible, can then seek access to funding. As funding is limited, employers would be wise to register sooner rather than later.

Please contact Alicia Compton, Darran Brennan or Richard Smith for further advice or your usual William Fry contact.

 

Contributed by: Darran Brennan & Richard Smith 

 

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Alicia Compton Partner

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