Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has awarded KGH, alongside the partners the Institute of Export and International Trade (IOE&IT) and the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES), the contract to design, develop, implement and operate the UK Customs Academy, featuring digital training for the private sector in general, as well as specific training for intermediaries and the professional service provider sector.
The UK is a prominent trading nation with long-standing traditions of foreign trade. Its agency for taxes and customs, HMRC, is making a significant investment in creating an academy that provides flexible learning solutions and personalised learning pathways for UK businesses, with the aim of strengthening the trade from the perspective of Brexit, but also as a part of the country’s wider foreign trade strategy and agenda for the future.
“This is an exciting and very important project for us here at KGH in relation to our strategy to become the leading training provider for the private sector in Europe. We’re proud to work with world class partners to deliver this new platform for training and capacity-building for UK business.
The digital academy will be a landmark innovation and a win-win-win for everybody involved – HMRC, the consortium, and primarily the private sector involved in foreign trade. We believe that the new Customs Academy will become the go-to professional body for traders who are seeking to identify a qualified customs intermediary, as well as an institution that industry professionals are proud to be members of and to which companies send new employees in order to provide them with the highest quality training available as they embark on their new profession,” says Lars Karlsson, Managing Director, KGH Global Consulting.
“With several challenges ahead, the need for UK businesses to learn how customs procedures operate has never been greater. This new Customs Academy is a fantastic solution for ensuring that business and customs intermediaries can continue to operate internationally with confidence and in a way that is compliant. We’re delighted to be working with KGH and CCES on this venture,” says Lesley Batchelor, Director General, Institute of Export and International Trade.
The Customs Academy will offer a comprehensive range of online courses leading to qualifications recognised by industry, HMRC (AEO), and the World Customs Organization.
The partners in the consortium that has been awarded the project are:
- KGH Customs Services (lead) – a leading European provider of Customs and trade solutions.
- Institute of Export and International Trade – UK’s professional membership body representing the interests of all those involved in importing, exporting and international trade.
- Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Customs and Excise Studies (CCES) – the world’s leading provider of online training and education in Customs.
KGH already offers a wide range of digital education alternatives, including the accredited flagship ECLAT programme. In addition, KGH provides tailor-made online and blended learning solutions for companies.
The KGH Academy is an integral part of KGH’s Trade and Customs Management solution, which also includes strategic advisory services, world class digital customs solutions and operational services.
KGH provides trade and customs management services and digital solutions to 28,000 customers around Europe. Providing cover 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we are about 800 colleagues in over 39 operational offices strategically located in all the key ports and border crossings.