Transport and Logistics

R&D Tax Credit Examples, Hints & Tips To Maximise Value
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Transport and Logistics

We still can’t get our heads around why companies don’t claim for their R&D! The Transport and Logistics sector is full of potential R&D claims that you may very well be missing out on. 

We know that there are a lot of nuances regarding this incentive but that’s why specialists like ourselves are on the market. R&D is everywhere without you even necessarily realising this. We can conduct a casual meeting with yourself to understand your business, how you operate and what costs you’ve incurred that could qualify. 


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4 Project Examples

There are many examples when it comes to the Transport and Logistic centre, below are just a few examples


By developing new and unique systems or significantly adapting existing systems which enhance transportation and logistics processes.


Implementing emissions monitoring system or implementing the development of new payment methods, seat booking apps or tracking.


Innovating such things like rail switches and crossing. Or even innovating the reduction of the number of points failure in train travel.


If you have an advancement in technology which improves a system. For example, having an advancement on heating on a train which has cost and utilities benefits.

Large Innovative Companies In The UK Transport And Logistics Sector

There are many large companies involved within the Transport and Logistic sector, below are just a few

Costs That Do Not Qualify

Sometimes the parts you think qualify, don’t. Here are some examples of what doesn’t qualify in the Transport and Logistics sector.

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If you have come up with a way to improve a process due to compliance issues or regulations such as HSE, this won't qualify under the incentive as the project did not start with this intention. Your project must be designed for the innovation to be at the forefront.

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Market share catch up

If your new product is developed by copying your competitors' in order to catch up on market share, your project won't qualify as the innovation isn't there.

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Non scientific/technical advancements

Always make sure that your product development contributes to the advancement of technology or science. Without an actual advancement, your expenditure won't qualify.

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State funding

This seems like an obvious one but it's always worth reiterating; if your R&D has been state funded, then non of the development costs will qualify for the incentive as your company hasn't incurred any costs.


Frequently asked questions.

In short, yes. The best thing to do is to figure out how much R&D you are doing, you should then be able to assign a proportion of your light, heat, water and power that was used for your R&D and amend your claim accordingly. 

One of the biggest portions of claims for the Research and Development Tax Incentive is circled around staff costs. Whether that might be people directly involved within the R&D or others who might be indirectly involved.

No, you do not need to create a new product to qualify for R&D Tax Credits. For example, if you make an amendment to an app that’s a part of your daily operations and it has improved efficiency within your field, this would qualify under the incentive. 

In 2020, there were only 415 claims processed by HMRC for Transport and Logistics, but on average you could receive £48,193 for your successful claim based on current statistics.

Where do we start? You can claim for:

  • New machinery creation
  • Innovating new packaging options
  • A portion of your utility bills
  • Subcontractors (up to 65%)

Yes! You are able to claim for unsuccessful projects as this falls under the ‘uncertainty’ you faced during the Research and Development you undertook.

Examples of uncertainty for R&D are;

  • Fixing an issue with machinery that does not meet your manufacturing requirements, however coming into an issue when doing so
  • Managing environmental factors, decreasing your carbon footprint during your manufacturing process 
  • Adaptations and amendments in current products and/or services that didn’t go as anticipated and still needs to be amended

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