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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 Out-of-date information could cost you money.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 please see our Site map, which lists all of our pages, or why not use the search facility, on the top-left, courtesy of:

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Yes, it is now 2018 - Happy New Year everyone.

As we embark on another year, now is an opportunity to start or expand a business and we are here to help with the importing and/or exporting of any goods. As the world of shipping is ever-changing, here's a quick look back at some points in 2016-2017:

Leading the way with Social Media

With over 8,500 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

Brexit 2017
Negotiations are now underway between representatives from the UK and the European Union (EU). 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 - 8th March 2017
The UK's Chancellor Philip Hammond announced changes to excise duty rates on Wednesday 8th March. This resulted in an increase in all the excise rates on alcohol, as can be seen on our dedicated webpage: 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

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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