Continued uncertainty around Brexit has highlighted the importance of capacity-building in the customs intermediary sector and the necessity to boost ‘in-house’ customs capacity amongst business that are regularly trading with the UK. Delays at customs can result in disruption to both business and customers. Taking steps now to train key staff on how to effectively complete a customs declaration helps pre-empt Brexit related customs challenges.
Supported by Getting Ireland Brexit Ready, the Clear Customs free training initiative developed by Skillnet Ireland will be delivered by CILT Skillnet at several training locations nationwide. Clear Customs offers immediate and free customs training to Customs intermediaries, and to businesses who frequently trade with or through the UK.
The training is completely free and consists of 5 – 7 days of intensive training.
In addition, eligible businesses can register an expression of interest for a Clear Customs Financial Support payment of up to €6,000 per employee that completes the training programme, *up to maximum of 10 employees per company. This payment is subject to terms and conditions and will be made available to eligible businesses that newly invest in staffing and other costs associated with managing customs compliance
Eligible company criteria
An eligible company:
- must have an EORI number from Revenue
- must have a CRO number and be incorporated in the Republic of Ireland at the time of application
- are providing freight, haulage, logistics services to, from or through the UK, or
- are providing customs intermediary services or
- are currently directly engaged in the import/ export, or are facilitating the import/export, of goods to, from, or through the UK and which will require new or increased customs clearance capacity
To view upcoming courses in the Dundalk area check out our Autumn / Winter training schedule
The Clear Customs initiative is led by Skillnet Ireland, the Government agency responsible for workforce development, together with Enterprise Ireland. The training programme has been designed in close collaboration with key industry associations and will be delivered by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Skillnet, in conjunction with the Irish Exporters Association and Irish International Freight Association.