We import via world-leading express courier service or our regular courier network. Imports from the EU – Imports from Asia. Please contact us for imports from Australia and Imports from Africa for more information. When buying goods from outside the EU, you have to 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, and these are the two main costs that you should understand before importing from overseas.




UK Duty

The amount of UK Duty that 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 portion you’ll have to pay for your product, you can either 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 VAT 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 that it costs for you 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 uses a “VAT Value Adjust” figure and doesn’t work from the full shipping quote (which also affects the UK Duty). Still, for a reasonable estimate, you can follow this example or use our calculator:


If you pay your supplier $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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