UK customs charges are the amount you will have to pay in duty and VAT when importing goods. Customs duty on imports is nothing new, but why would you have to pay it for your eCommerce or SME business? After all, if you are shipping within the UK they do not apply and when shipping internationally countries use their own customs charges.
There are many reasons businesses might be faced with issues from customs charges when importing from outside the UK, including the following:
We help many businesses with a fast, cost-effective national and international delivery service for companies throughout the UK, so we know a thing or two about UK customs charges. You will find more information on our post, parcel and pallet delivery services when you get in touch with us.
The UK customs charges apply to the home nations (England, Scotland and Wales) as well as Northern Ireland. As a result, shipping from any jurisdiction outside of these areas will often mean you need to pay charges upon receipt.
Although customs duty can be confusing, annoying and even intimidating the government is fairly clear with the rules. This is an effort to make international trade, both imports and exports, more efficient and to stimulate the economy.
You will have to pay VAT on everything except for gifts worth £39 or less. The main rules for UK businesses include the following:
The good news is that you will receive confirmation of the charges from your courier, be that Royal Mail or another handler. Many providers bundle duty, vat and delivery costs into a single payment for what is typically called ‘handling fees’.
We understand that delays can be a hassle when dealing with incoming or outgoing mail. As a result, we advise you to pay all charges swiftly – as your items will be held until you do so. If you fail to pay UK customs charges all goods will be returned to the sender.
As UK customs charges have been affected by Brexit, we recommend perusing our Brexit help resource page for more information on how customs charges might affect you.
To help figure out what UK customs charges you will have to pay you can use a duty calculator, such as the one provided by SimplyDuty.com – a service that offers a daily limit of free calculations for your goods, as well as unlimited paid options after registration.
We offer excellent mail handling services to ensure that all of your national and international deliveries come at the most cost-effective prices and with fast delivery times. Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help enhance your business.