Rules on importing goods into the UK


GOV.UK has outlined new rules on how to import goods into the UK from any country, including detailed information on potential tax and duty you may incur and whether you will need to obtain certain licences or certificates.

There are specific steps you must take if you’re moving goods permanently to: England, Wales or Scotland (Great Britain) from a country outside the UK or if you are moving goods into Northern Ireland from a country outside the UK and the EU.

If you are unfamiliar with new customs processes, you should sign up for the free Trader Support Service.

The Trader Support Service offers guidance on any changes relevant to the implementation of the Northern Ireland Protocol.

To get your business ready to import, you will need an EORI number that starts with GB to import goods into England, Wales or Scotland.

Please note that you will need a new EORI if a previous one does not start with GB.

In the case of Northern Ireland, you may need an EORI number that starts with XI.

There are select processes that can ensure that clearing customs are more efficient and easier to manage if you have to make import declarations regularly.

You should also check that the business sending you goods is eligible to export to the UK.

The business may need to make an export declaration in their country or require licenses or certificates to export goods to the UK.

  • You should also decide who has the responsibility of making customs declarations and transporting goods, whether this is a transporter or customs agent.

Ensure that you are aware of the commodity code for your goods and calculate the value of your goods.

It is also worthwhile to find out if you can delay or reduce your duty payment.

Check carefully if you need a license or certificate for your goods and ensure that it has the relevant labelling, marking and marketing.

Note that you should retain records of commercial invoices and customs paperwork, including your Import VAT Certificate (C79).

For more information, visit GOV.UK

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