Financial support for SMEs new to importing or exporting


There is a newly-announced SME Brexit Support Fund, which will give small businesses up to £2,000 in financial support. It can help with training or professional advice.


You'll be able to use the grant for training on:

  • how to complete customs declarations

  • how to manage customs processes and use customs software and systems

  • specific import and export related aspects including VAT, excise and rules of origin

You will be able to apply online, but applications are not open yet

It can also be used to help you get professional advice. This enables your business to meet its customs, excise, import VAT or safety and security declaration requirements.

Who will be able to apply

If you would like to apply for the SME Brexit Support Fund, your business must:

  • be established in the UK

  • have been established in the UK for at least 12 months before submitting the application (or currently hold Authorised Economic Operator status)

  • not have previously failed to meet its tax or customs obligations

  • have no more than 500 employees

  • have no more than £100 million turnover

  • import or export goods between Great Britain and the EU, or moves goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Your business must also either:

  • complete (or intend to complete) import or export declarations internally for its own goods

  • use someone else to complete import or export declarations but require additional capability to effectively import or export (such as advice on rules of origin or advice on dealing with a supply chain)

How you’ll apply

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) will be administering the grants for HMRC. You will be able to apply online, but applications are not open yet. We will update this page as soon as further updates and specific timelines are released.

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