Customs training grants: You have just over a week, says BIFA

The British International Freight Association (BIFA) warns that the deadline for funding for customs-related training is on 31 May. However, businesses are encouraged to register on the grant application page no later than Friday 24 May to allow time to complete their application by the deadline. The Government opened a £5 million grant scheme in December 2018, as part of an £8 million investment to support training and automation in the ... [+]

BIFA welcomes longer time for customs grants

The funding was initially revealed in December 2018, and the deadline for applications is now 31 May 2019. Robert Keen, director general of BIFA said: “This scheme is intended to help support the extra demand for customs brokerage services associated with the UK’s departure from the EU, as well as issues ... [+]

HMRC plans leave forwarders out in the cold, complains BIFA

BIFA director-general Robert Keen has complained that the proposed Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP) recently unveiled by HMRC (see story below) appeared to be aimed solely at traders, and not freight forwarders or customs brokers. He said: "Having reviewed the documentation that has been released, BIFA believes that they are aimed ... [+]

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