€9,000 ‘Ready for Customs’ Grant has already funded over 1,800 new customs roles. The deadline has been extended to 31 August ahead of expanded UK checks.

The deadline for applications to the €9,000 ‘Ready for Customs’ grant scheme, allowing businesses to continue to apply for help, has been extended until 31 August.

The grant, which is administered by Enterprise Ireland, provides up to €9,000 for each new employee hired into a customs role. The grant is flexible and allows businesses to claim for redeployed and part-time staff.  

“In addition to the core offer of €9,000 per newly hired employee, the grant is flexible and can cover overhead costs such as training associated with hiring a new employee”

“Since the beginning of this year, Irish businesses have been managing new customs arrangements when trading with the UK,” Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Leo Varadkar, TD, said.

“These new arrangements added an extra layer of complexity and bureaucracy, after what was already a remarkably challenging period for Irish business. This grant, along with the other help that is available, is designed to make it easier for businesses to make the necessary changes.

“Over €12m of the €20m we had set aside for the scheme has been allocated, supporting more than 1,800 new roles in customs processing. It has been of particular assistance to companies in the transport, logistics and freight sector. I am extending the scheme today and reopening it for applications until the end of August this year.”

Anticipated increase in UK checks

The Tanaiste said that the UK will be introducing further checks in October, so it is important that businesses, especially those in the food sector who will be particularly affected by those extra checks, have the necessary arrangements in place.

“Up to €9,000 is available per employee taken on or redeployed to help businesses manage the customs changes and I’d strongly encourage any affected business to apply for this funding.”

Giles O’Neill, manager of Enterprise Ireland’s Brexit unit said the Ready for Customs grant is assisting hundreds of companies to adjust to the new trading relationship with the UK in the aftermath of Brexit.

“In addition to the core offer of €9,000 per newly hired employee, the grant is flexible and can cover overhead costs such as training associated with hiring a new employee.

“We know that many companies are now assessing their future customs capabilities.  It is important for companies to know that they can apply for the grant for each new employee hired.  So, for instance, companies who have already availed of the grant and are now looking to increase their internal customs capability can apply for any new staff hired,” said O’Neill.

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 7 May 2021