Importing Fresh Cut Flowers into the UK

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Importing Fresh Cut Flowers

Classification - As per the Customs Tariff

Before you can find out any information, such as: Duty Rate, VAT Rate, Licences, Documentation, Restrictions, etc etc, on any product, you must first obtain the commodity classification (10-digit) code. Fresh Cut Flowers falls under Chapter 06 of the Customs Tariff, and is divided, as follows:

Chapter 06 - LIVE TREES AND OTHER PLANTS; BULBS, ROOTS AND THE LIKE; CUT FLOWERS AND ORNAMENTAL FOLIAGE

Heading 0603
Cut flowers and flower buds of a kind suitable for bouquets or for ornamental purposes, fresh, dried, dyed, bleached, impregnated or otherwise prepared

0603 11 .................. Fresh

0603 11 00 00 ......... Roses
0603 12 00 00 ......... Carnations
0603 13 00 00 ......... Orchids
0603 14 00 00 ......... Chrysanthemums
............................... Other
0603 19 10 00 ......... Gladioli
............................... Other
0603 19 90 10 ......... Of the genus Protea
0906 19 90 20 ......... Of the genus Bansia, Leucadendron, Brunia and Forsythia
0906 19 90 90 ......... Other
0603 90 00 00 ......... Other

One of these codes above should relate to your product. To find out more about any of these codes, please click here to visit our dedicated webpage to commodity classification codes (make a note of your commodity code, from above) ukimports

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DEFRA +Forestry Commision = Fera (+ PEACH)

What does it mean?

"Fera is responsible, on behalf of Defra, for implementing the plant health Regulations in England and Wales.

Fera, together with the devolved administrations and the Forestry Commission (FC) forms the UK Plant Health Service and works with other EC Member States and the European Commission to agree appropriate plant health rules for Europe and co-ordinate their implementation. A range of services are available to help growers, traders and the general public meet their obligations under these plant health rules".

Well, that's what it says on their website anyway. Basically, it means, that to import Fresh Cut Flowers, or any other Plants, into the UK, you have to gain clearance from DEFRA, as well as UK Customs.

This is done by registering for the DEFRA's 'PEACH' computer system.

The procedure is quite straight forward. You register online, declare your goods (describing what is coming in and when), then DEFRA will examine your goods to make sure that they are happy with everything, then they are released.

Full details can be found on the Fera Website.

Alternatively, why not give FERA a call on: (T) +44 (0) 1904 462 000, or Plant Healt on (T) +44 (0) 300 100 0313 ukimports

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The Phytosanitary Certificate

Along with your regular shipping documents, such as the: Airwaybill, Commercial Invoice, Packing List, and Certifcate of Origin, you will require a Phytosanitary Certificate to be able to clear your goods through UK Customs.

Please be sure to discuss this with your supplier, as it is their responsibility to raise one before your goods can be shipped. ukimports

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Extra Charges

As with any other Perishable goods requiring urgent clearance, especially goods which also require an examination by DEFRA, you can expect to pay additional charges for the extra work needed to Customs clear your goods.

The charge levied by DEFRA for the examination, will depend upon the Port of Arrival, and the size (Quantity of Flowers) of your shipment. However, you should discuss what charges you can expect to pay for the clearing of Perishable goods, sometimes called 'Express' or 'Priority' Clearance, as your preferred Customs broker should have set rates in place.

Call our Imports Team on (T) 0845 309 6360 for more information on this subject, and / or our prices from our current tariff. ukimports

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Pre-Alert / Pre-Notification of arrival

To ensure that there are as few delays as possible, when your goods actually reach the UK, it is essential that you and / or your supplier, pre-advise the clearance agent, as to what is coming in and when, peferrably with copies of the documents.

If you would like us to Customs clear your goods for you, then we would also ask that you ensure your shipper shows us on the Airwaybill, either as the Consignee or in the 'Handling Information' box. This will ensure that we are contacted by the airlines handling agent, as soon as the goods land in at the airport. These are the details to be added:

Notify Party
UK Import Services Ltd
Unit 16 Rochester Trade Park
Rochester, Kent ME1 3QY
(T) 0845 309 6360 (F) 0845 544 0830 ukimports

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Further Information

For more information on this, or any other import / shipping related topic, then please feel free to contact a member of our Imports Team, on: (T) 0845 309 6360, or send your enquiry via email to: enquiries@ukimports.org ukimports

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