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International Shipping

If you want to learn about international shipping to the UK, you’ve come to the right place. Most airlines will include one checked bag at no extra cost on long-haul flights. However, if you’re looking to bring extra clothes or bulky items, you may considering shipping these items.

In the UK there are no duty or taxes applicable for personal items that you have owned for 12 months or more. It is however important that you do not ship items which may be subject to duty or taxes or items which are prohibited. This includes any goods which customs might deem to be for commercial purposes or any items listed below. Also, if you are planning on shipping “New” items in original boxes then take them out of the box before shipping.

If your goods are inspected and fall into any of these categories you may incur further costs for duty, taxes, storage and other fees charged by customs, indeed these items may also be confiscated and fines applied.

Banned and Restricted

Regardless of what country you are travelling from there are certain goods that you are not allowed to bring into the UK.

  • Drugs (such as heroine, morphine, cocaine)
  • Offensive weapons (such as flick knives, daggers, swordsticks, and some martial arts equipment)
  • Indecent and obscene material (such as books, magazines, films)

Require the relevant license or permit

  • Firearms, explosives and ammunition
  • Samurai Swords
  • Live animals
  • Endangered animals or plants
  • Certain radio transmitters
  • Rough diamonds

Food and Plants

You are not allowed to bring in any meat or dairy products from most countries. The majority of fruits, vegetables, seeds and bulbs are subject to weight or quantity restrictions. Some plants and plant products (including potatoes) and loose soil may not be brought into the UK unless you have obtained the relevant licence.

Freight Forwarders and Shipping Agents

If you are still unsure of what you can or cant bring, please email us for advice or visit the Government Website.

We suggest using a freight forwarder to handle this process as it can become quite complex. These experts will arrange to collect and package your items from your home and then store, ship and deliver your goods to your new home. There knowledge of the UK customs laws will help you save time and money, and will help sort any paperwork required to avoid any hiccups at customs.

The benefit of moving to the UK with Emigrate to the UK is we have several shipping agents that we have partnered with. We will search the market for the best deal at the time of your application to get this in place, we are not just a service for you arriving here, but for the entire duration until permanent residency.

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