Is your company registered in the Netherlands? And does the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (Brexit) mean that you have had to incur extra costs or make additional investments? If so, you can apply to the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) for Enterprises.
You can apply to BAR to help with costs you have already incurred and with some future costs. You can apply to one of two programmes:
- Reimbursement for incurred costs (Tegemoetkoming gemaakte kosten)
You can apply to this programme from 9:00 CET on 1 November 2022 until 17:00 CET on 31 March 2023.
- Reimbursement for future costs (Tegemoetkoming nog te maken kosten)
You can apply to this programme from 9:00 CET on 1 November 2022 until 17:00 CET on 13 January 2023.
Who can apply to BAR?
To apply to BAR for Enterprises, your business must:
- prove that you incurred these costs or will incur these costs due to Brexit;
- provide a full account of the costs you incurred or will incur;
- be based in the Netherlands and registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce since before 1 January 2021;
- be operational and not in suspension of payments on or after 1 January 2021;
- not have reached or exceeded the maximum amount for government support;
- have at least €5,000 of your total turnover come from trading activities with the UK or trading activities with other countries that involved transport in or through the UK (transit);
- meet one of the following customs specifications:
- You now have to file a customs declaration for goods imported into or exported from countries outside of the EU due to Brexit but did not have to do this between 2015 and the end of 2020, or;
- Your total number of customs declarations for trade outside the EU has increased by 25% or your total turnover from activities with countries outside the EU has increased by 25%.
What costs does BAR cover?
BAR covers costs you have incurred or will incur for:
- educational campaigns;
- training to understand new customs procedures;
- adjustments to IT systems, such as new customs software;
- the cost of external consultancy and costs for customs;
- temporary costs for additional transport material(s) (for transport businesses).
The main conditions are:
- you are able to show that the activities stated in your funding application came about as a result of Brexit;
- you were listed in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce Trade Register on 1 January 2021;
- your company had not gone into bankruptcy on or after 1 January 2021;
- your company was not in financial trouble before 1 January 2021;
- your company was not granted a moratorium (suspension of payments) at the time of application and no request for a moratorium has been made;
- you are not applying for more than the maximum in state aid;
- you meet all relevant customs requirements;
- you have had to make customs declarations for the import of goods from or the export of goods to a country outside the European Union as a result of Brexit since 1 January 2021, but you did not have to do this from 2015 until the end of 2020.
- If you did have to make customs declarations for the import of goods from or the export of goods to a country outside the European Union between 2015 and 2020, you may only be eligible for this subsidy on condition that, as a result of Brexit:
- your total turnover from trading activities with countries outside the European Union has increased by at least 25%; or
- your total number of customs declarations has increased by at least 25%;
- at least €5,000 of your total turnover in the year 2020 came from:
- trading activities with the United Kingdom; or
- trading activities with countries in the European Union which required transport in or through the UK (transit);
- you have kept records of the costs that you incurred and can provide us with these records on request;
- only costs incurred and paid from 1 January 2018 to 31 October 2022 will count towards the subsidy.
Our website in Dutch provides more information on BAR:
If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact us.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency carries out TVL on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The Dutch government expects enterprises to conduct business responsibly, respecting people, the environment and society following international OECD guidelines and human rights treaties.