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UK Import Services

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UK Import Services Limited is a UK-based Freight Forwarder and Customs clearance broker, offering full International shipping/logistics services, including both UK Customs clearance and a delivery service to anywhere in the UK. Please click here to see a full list of services on offer.

Whether its personal use or for business purposes, importing goods can be a cheaper and more exciting option of buying any goods, and one that offers endless choice. The purpose of this site is to explain everything you need to know before deciding if its the right choice for you.

Containing up-to-date useful information for everyone, regardless of previous import knowledge, this site offers all the essential tools to ensure you are aware of all the options available, including eligibility to claim any relief or exemptions, and how to minimise any surprise costs, when your goods reach the UK. ukimports

IMPORTANT - Please note! Out-of-date information could cost you money.

There are many sites offering Customs Clearance / Brokerage services and importing advice... However, make sure you check the dates shown on the websites!... Old sites could mean old information... The European Commissions (EC) and UK's HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) rules and regulations are always changing. ukimports

So what can you expect to find on this site? Well, all of the following:

- All the latest updates within the Cargo / Freight world to ensure that you are kept aware of any changes in procedures, or new charges etc. or any delays. Also, this site will give you the ability to track your goods, whilst in transit, regardless of whether its by Air Freight, Sea Freight, Road Freight or Courier.

- There are detailed explanations on the various UK Customs procedures, including providing access to all the Customs Forms and Public Notices, relevant to your own goods and circumstances.

- Cost is always important. Here you can find out about Duty / VAT (coming soon, is a duty and VAT calculator) and all other possible charges, whether they come from Shipping Lines, Air Lines, Freight Forwarders, Co-Loaders, Warehouses and even delivery contractors (hauliers).

In fact there's too much to list here, so why not use the search facility, on the top-left, courtesy of:

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Incl. Trade wars and Brexit ... let's see what else is happening.

With constant talks of sanctions, increased tariffs, trade deficits, free trade agreements etc., we understand that it is difficult to keep up-to-date, which is why there are people like us who will try and make sense of it all. As the world of shipping is ever-changing, here's a quick look at what's coming up in 2018 and look back at some points in 2016-2017:

Leading the way with Social Media

With over 10,000 tweets and retweets, we at UK Import Services are doing our best to keep everyone up-to-date with all the latest freight industry and economic news and opportunities, via Twitter. Sign up to Twitter today and follow us to make sure you see the latest news as it happens. (You don't have to tweet anything yourself, join up and follow people like us). Why not click here to visit our Twitter page? Alternatively, why not view our tweets on our facebook page: click here ukimports

Has a global trade war started?
On Monday 2nd April 2018, China announced retalitary tariffs against the USA, after Donald Trump signed the official order at the beginning of March, which resulted in additional tariffs are being imposed on Steel and Aluminium imports in to the USA. Where will this lead and where will it end? Follow us on Twitter to kee up to date with any developments, as and when they happen. ukimports
Brexit in 2018
March saw an announcement by the UK that a transition agreement has been agreed with the EU. However, that said, negotiations are still underway between representatives from the UK and the European Union (EU) to resolve some sticking points. Until we reach the end of these negotiations in 2019, we probably wont see too many changes implemented. So, for now, everyone needs to just follow the famous UK saying of 'Keep calm and carry on [as normal]' safe in the knowledge that we at UK Import Services will advise of any proposed or official changes, as and when they happen... and keep checking our Twitter feed for everything important during this time. ukimports
UK Budget - 13th March 2018 - "Oh No it isn't!"
The UK's Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement on Tuesday 13th March but it wasn't a budget as in days of old. The Budget, where he will announce any changes to excise duty rates, will be in the Autumn Statement in November. Rest assured that any changes will be shown on our dedicated webpage, which is where you can find the current rates: click here . Contact a member of our Imports team to see how we can assist you if you are importing alcohol for a Commercial purpose. ukimports
HMRC's New 'Customs Declaration Service' (CDS)
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced the phased introduction of the CHIEF replacement system known as the Customs Declaration Service (CDS). Via their online services system, the new system will begin in August before replacing CHIEF completely at the start of 2019. ukimports
SOLAS - Container weight verification
As of the 1st July 2016 ALL Container weights must now be verified. Verified Gross Mass (VGM) affects everyone shipping Full Containers. As this is a Global change, please discuss this with your supplier to ensure that they are implementing any necessary changes to ensure compliance. ukimports
UCC - Union Customs Code
Since the 1st May 2016, certain changes are now being phased in affecting certain aspects of Importing goods in to the UK. Discuss your particular goods and circumstances with a member of our Imports team to see how these changes may affect you. ukimports
AWRS - Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme
The Alcohol Wholesaler Registration Scheme will be a requirement for anyone who sells, offers or exposes for sale, or arranges to sell alcohol to other businesses on or after the point at which excise duty is payable, to be approved by and registered as such, by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Please check with a member of our Imports team if you need any further information on this. ukimports


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