Duties Taxes to UK Customs

Duties Taxes to UK Customs


Duties Taxes to UK Customs When buying goods from outside the EU, you must pay duties and taxes to UK Customs to have your interests released into the country. The vast majority of shipments are subject to UK Duty and VAT, the two main costs you should understand before importing from overseas.  


Duties Taxes to UK Customs


UK Duty


The amount of UK duty you are required to pay depends on the declared value of the goods and the type of product you’re importing. Each product is given a different duty rating/percentage. To find out the rate you’ll have to pay for your product, you can ask us, and we’ll try to find the most appropriate heading for your goods, or you can use the online Tariff.


VAT on an import


When a shipping quote says “plus UK Duty & VAT”, don’t think that the VAT is on the shipping price; it’s on the taxable import. If you buy goods from outside the EU, you won’t pay VAT to the supplier, but that doesn’t mean you won’t have to pay it. The taxable import on which VAT is payable is the amount you pay for your goods, the shipping cost, and the UK Duty. So you are effectively paying VAT on everything it costs to buy the goods and get them into circulation in the UK.


Duty and VAT Estimator


We’ve simplified the calculations, so it’s easy for you to estimate the UK Duty & VAT you’ll have to pay and give you an example to work with. In reality, HMRC use a figure called a “VAT Value Adjust” and doesn’t work from the full shipping quote (which also affects the UK Duty), but for a good estimate, you can follow this example or use a calculator:

If you pay your supplier USD$3000 (let’s call it £2000) for your goods, the UK Duty rating for these particular goods is 3.5%, and the shipping quote is £300, then:

UK Duty = 3.5 % of £2000 = £70.00

VAT = 20 % of (UK Duty [£70] + Shipping [£300] + Cost of the goods [£2000]) = £474.00

Therefore the total duties and taxes payable to import these goods would be £544.00 (£70 for UK Duty and £474 for VAT) in addition to the £300 shipping cost.



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