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Shipping To United Kingdom

Shipping To United Kingdom

This country guide provides useful information to consider when sending goods to the United Kingdom. The guide details customs information, how to send personal effect and much more.

Published on 24 Apr 2014

Country Information

Capital: England

Language: English

Time Zone: GMT - Greenwich Mean Time

Calling Code: +44

Currency:Pound sterling (GBP)

Unit of Measure: Centimeter and Kilograms


Customs Information

Government Body: HM Revenue and Customs


Contact Number: +44 2920 501 261


General Information

Import duties and taxes are applicable to all items produced from outside the European Union. Any goods imported from within the European Union are free of duty and taxes. This applies to both businesses and individuals.

United Kingdom calculates charges based on Duty and VAT (Value Added Tax) as a percentage of the value of CIF (Cost Insurance and Freight).

Tariffs in the UK use the EC (European Commission) Regulations. The EC regulations are shared with all European Union countries.

The percentage of Duty and VAT is determined by the classification of the goods being imported - there are around 14,000 different classifications.

UK customs have minimum thresholds where duty and VAT are not charged. The minimum threshold for duty free import is the following:

a) When the amount of duty payable is less then £9, or

b) The value of the goods doesn’t exceed £135. The minimum threshold for VAT free import is the following, when the value of the goods doesn’t exceed £15.

When importing the UK the receiver may be asked to provide a VAT statement detailing the value of the goods being imported.

All shipments sent by Ship2Anywhere are classified as DDU (Delivery Duty Unpaid). This means it is the responsibility of the receiver to pay any customs charges if applicable, e.g. duty and tax.

When sending personal goods to the UK from overseas the goods may be duty and VAT exempt if you are bringing back goods you have personally owned in the UK. You will need to complete a C3 form to apply for tax concessions this can be downloaded here. For more information on importing personal goods into the UK read the following article

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