Call Us Today! 01483 456363  xero-transparentrb1
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Goods sent from abroad

Source: HM Revenue & Customs | | 15/09/2022

There are special rules to help ensure that goods sent from abroad are taxed appropriately and do not disadvantage UK businesses supplying goods in the UK. For example, by having to compete with VAT free imports. This includes goods that are new or used and bought online, bought abroad and shipped to the UK and goods received as gifts.

This means that in order to receive goods you may have to pay VAT, Customs Duty or Excise Duty if they were sent to:

  • Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland) from outside the UK.
  • Northern Ireland from countries outside the UK and the European Union (EU).

VAT is charged on all goods (except for gifts worth £39 or less) sent from:

  • outside the UK to Great Britain; and
  • outside the UK and the EU to Northern Ireland.

Online marketplaces that engage in facilitating the sale of goods are usually responsible for collecting and accounting for the VAT. If the VAT has not been collected, VAT will have to be paid to the delivery company either before the goods are delivered or when goods are collected. If you have to pay VAT to the delivery company, it’s charged on the total package value which includes the value of the goods, postage, packing, insurance and any duty owed.

Generally, there are no Customs Duties payable on non-excise goods worth £135 or less. There are various rates payable above this level and on excise goods of any value.



Contact Us

1 High Street
Guildford
Surrey
GU2 4HP
01483 456363

Tel: 01483 456363
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Newsletter

With our newsletter, you automatically receive our latest news by e-mail and get access to the archive including advanced search options!

» Sign up for the Newsletter
» Login

 

Membership

ICAEW-White

Search News