Customs in the U.K.
- Import Procedures
- When introducing goods into United Kingdom, exporters shall fill in an
intrastat declaration.. An individual valuation declaration should normally accompany the import entry for goods liable to customs duty where the value of the goods exceeds £6,000. However, if you regularly import dutiable goods, you can save time by completing and registering a general valuation statement. Detailed procedures are available on
the English government website.
- Specific Import Procedures
- Customs Freight Simplified Procedures (CFSP) are electronic declaration methods which are designed to enhance and simplify customs procedures for clearing imported goods either at the frontier or upon removal from a free zone or customs warehouse. See Section 4.2 on the link above.
- Importing Samples
- It is possible to import goods deemed to be of negligible value, such as commercial samples, free of duty and VAT. For futher information visit the English government website.
Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
- Average Customs Duty (Excluding Agricultural Products)
- The average rate effectively applied to manufactured goods, minerals and metals in EU 15, as evaluated by UNCTAD was 1.44% in 2006.The duties for non-European countries are relatively low, especially for manufactured goods (4.2% on average for the general rate). It is one of the lowest in the world. More detailed Customs tariffs can be found at Export. classified by product type.
- Products Having a Higher Customs Tariff
- Textile, clothing items (high duties and quota system) and food-processing industry sectors (average duties of 17.3% and numerous tariff quotas, PAC) still know protective measures. In order to get exhaustive regulations and customs tariffs rates regarding their products, exporters shall refer to the TARIC code and its database, which includes all applicable customs duties and all customs trade policy measures for all the goods.
- Preferential Rates
- Granted to imports from countries with which the European Union has signed trade agreements. In order to get exhaustive regulations and customs tariffs rates regarding their products, exporters shall refer to the TARIC code and its database , which includes all applicable customs duties and all customs trade policy measures for all the goods.
- Customs Classification
- The Combined Nomenclature of the European Community (EC) integrates the HS nomenclature and supplements it with its own subheadings with an eight digit code number and its own Legal Notes created for Community purposes.
- Method of Calculation of Duties
- When the country of origin of the merchandises which are exported to United Kingdom is not part of the European Union, customs duties are calculated Ad valorem on the CIF value of the goods, in accordance with the Common Customs Tariff (CCT).
- Method of Payment of Customs Duties
- Duties are payable in cash ( in euros, by cheque, by cash money order, by bank transfer); an extension of the time limit for payment may be granted through systems of collection credit or duty credit.
- Import Taxes (Excluding Consumer Taxes)
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