Importing Fresh Cut Flowers into the UK
Classification -As per the Customs Tariff
Before you can find out any information, such as Duty Rate, VAT Rate, Licences, Documentation, Restrictions 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, ROOT AND THE LIKE; CUT FLOWERS AND ORNAMENTAL FOLIAGE (FRESH)
|0603 11 00 00||Roses|
|0603 12 00 00||Carnations|
|0603 13 00 00||Orchids|
|0603 14 00 00||Chrysanthemums|
|0603 19 10 00||Gladioli|
|0603 19 90 10||Of the genus Protea|
|0603 19 90 20||Of the genus Bansia, Leucadendron, Brunia and Forsythia|
|0603 19 90 90||Other|
|0603 19 00 00||Other|
One of these codes above should relate to your product. To find out more about any of these codes please
DEFRA + FORESTRY COMMISION = FERA (+PEACH)
"FERA is responsible, on behalf of DEFRAm for implementing the plant health regulations in England and Wales"
Frea, together with the devolved administrations and the Forestry Commision (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.
To import fresh cut flowers or any other plants into the UK, you have to gain clearance from DEFRA and UK Customs. This is done by registering for the DEFRA's 'PEACH' computer system.
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The Phytosanitary Certificate
Along with your regular shipping documents, such as the: Airwaybill, Commercial Invoice, Packing List and Certificate 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.
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 be done by Customs to clear your goods.
The charge levied by DEFRA for the examination does depend on 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 clearing Perishable goods, sometimes called 'Express' or 'Priority' Clearance, as your preferred Customs broker should have set rates in place.
For more information on importing fresh cut flowers and other plant like material, please feel free to contact a member of our Imports Team, on 0845 309 6360, or email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, preferably with copies of the documents i.e. Airwaybill, copy of the invoice.
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 in the 'Handling Information box.' This will ensure that we are contacted by the airlines handling agent, as soon as the goods land at the airport. These details are to be added:
UK Import Services Ltd PO Box 832
Rainham, Kent ME8 1DQ
(T) 0845 309 6360 (F) 0845 544 0830 ukimports
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