Importing goods into the UK from China

Hi,

im thinking about importing some pet accessories into the uk from China. 

What I’m a little unsure about is what paperwork do I need to insure my goods get through customs smoothly.

I know I’ll need to pay 20% vat and 2% import tax and need an EORI code. But apart from that I’m a little confused.

I've rung hmrc twice who told me two different things each time, first they told me if a courier company is used they’ll handle everything and I just need a EORI  number and then they’ll contact me when I need to pay the tax. Is this true? 

The goods will be shipped most likely with fedex, ups or dhl? 

If anyone who has imported commercial goods from China help, I’d be most grateful. Thankyou 



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  • If the courier is going to make a declaration on your behalf, you don't need an EORI number.

    Most couriers do this.  I'd imagine that it's commercial shippers (stuff arriving by the containerful on ships) where you'd need to be registered.
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  • Kcolle
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    Thankyou for your help. I’m still unsure on whether I need to get a customs agent or whether the courier will get the goods through customs for me. They are commercial goods. 
  • Kcolle said:
    Thankyou for your help. I’m still unsure on whether I need to get a customs agent or whether the courier will get the goods through customs for me. They are commercial goods. 
    Perhaps a question best asked of the courier in question.
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    Kcolle said:
    Thankyou for your help. I’m still unsure on whether I need to get a customs agent or whether the courier will get the goods through customs for me. They are commercial goods. 
    Who is arranging the shipping? 
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    Manufacturer and Seller In China is arranging shipping 
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    Kcolle said:
    Manufacturer and Seller In China is arranging shipping 
    Are you buying containers full of goods or a few boxes?

    Assuming its the later and given you mention mainstream couriers its likely they will just clear customs and present you with a bill for the taxes and a fee for their having done clearing. 
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    Sandtree said:
    Kcolle said:
    Manufacturer and Seller In China is arranging shipping 
    Are you buying containers full of goods or a few boxes?

    Assuming its the later and given you mention mainstream couriers its likely they will just clear customs and present you with a bill for the taxes and a fee for their having done clearing. 
    Thankyou. A few boxes I imagine, I’m not 100% sure of size but I can’t imagine any more than 150kg. 

    Where can I find out about clearing fees? 
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    Kcolle said:

    Where can I find out about clearing fees? 
    Assuming this is a courier it will vary from one to another, but typically around 15 Pounds per consignment.  As has been said, the courier will sort customs clearance VAT and duty payments and present you with the total bill.  Some ask for payment before delivery others invoice after delivery.
    If though the goods are coming by sea as a part container load, there will be a lot more fees and also a charge for transport from the port to you. 


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