Are you ready for Brexit?

With so much being said about Brexit at the moment and the prospect of a no-deal exit from the EU becoming increasingly significant, it’s

paramount that UK businesses prepare themselves for the various scenarios that are potentially looming.

There is uncertainty about what Brexit will hold, but businesses need to ensure they have an understanding of how customs procedures and checks work, in case they become the order of the day in 2019, 2020 or beyond.

According to the Institute for Government, there are 180,000 businesses trading goods between the UK and the EU who will be required to complete customs declarations for the first time.

Even if there is a Brexit deal, we will need to know about customs procedures as the EU is now an export market and you will need complete export documentation to trade with member countries.

Aside from Brexit, as a nation we need to look further afield at the opportunities outside of the EU, for the sake of our economy and to meet growing demand for British goods throughout the rest of the world. Knowledge of customs procedures and documentation will be a necessity for companies looking to seize those opportunities.

The Institute of Export&International Trade has been supporting the interests of everyone involved in international trade for over 80 years. Our Customs Procedures & Documentation one-day training course offers a very detailed and comprehensive look at the information that is required to be submitted to customs to enable goods to be imported and exported. It also looks at the differences between EU and non-EU trade.

This course will equip attendees with the information to be able to understand what is required to comply with customs and preparing for an audit.

Businesses can get grants to cover up to 70% of the training costs, but hurry as applications will close on 5 April 2019, or earlier if all of the funding is allocated.

To find out more about our training courses and the grant funding visit or call 01733 404423.

Lesley Batchelor is director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade.

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 12:00 AM