How to Import Goods into the UK

How to import goods into the UK? What licences you will need to bring goods into the UK? Check the simple step-by-step guidance.

Step 1. Apply for an EORI Number

It’s essential to have an EORI number (Economic Operator Registration and Identification when importing or exporting goods to and from the UK for custom clearance. You can apply for an EORI number as a company or as an individual, provided you have the necessary legal permissions, working permits, and documentation required in the UK. Alternatively,  if you are businesses that are not based in the UK but need to engage in trade with the UK. Supplier Linkup can support you to register a company outside the UK and obtain this number. 

Step 2. Determine HS Code

If you are unaware of the customs policy and licensing requirements for your product in the UK market, we recommend that you identify the Harmonized System (HS) code to start your import business, as it is essential for customs classification.

Step 3. Check Compliance and Licenses

Ensure that your goods meet all compliance requirements, including licenses and criteria specific to their category. For example, you will need to apply for REACH if the substances in your product exceed 1 ton annually.

Step 4. Coordinate with the Export Partner

Communicate with your overseas export partner, which can be either the factory or a trading company. If you work with Supplier Linkup, we will directly collaborate with the factory to prepare the necessary documents, ensuring they meet the licensing requirements. This includes licenses specific to their HS code, as well as CLP (Classification, Labeling, Packaging) and the documents required for export declarations in their country.

Step 5. Select Forwarder and Transportation Service

Choose a forwarder and transportation service to handle clearance declaration. If your contract is under Free on Board (FOB) terms, make these arrangements yourself. For Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) terms, request Supplier Linkup to manage this part.

Step 6. Contract Negotiation

Sign the contract. The parties involved will be you, Supplier Linkup, and the manufacturing company. You might also consider acquiring product samples from the customer and arranging a factory visit before finalizing the contract. Supplier Linkup is here to ensure a seamless sourcing experience with a wide range of choices. For expert consultancy, Supplier Linkup can assist in calculating the total value, encompassing customs duties, VAT, delivery, insurance, and payment terms specified within the contract.

Step 7. Check the Delivery Status of Your Goods

At Supplier Linkup, we meticulously adhere to the contract, implementing rigorous quality control measures at various manufacturing stages and conducting comprehensive factory inspections. Our commitment is to guarantee the timely delivery of your goods as specified in the contract, ensuring that your products are ready for any marketing campaign.

Step 8. VAT Refund Claim

After importing the goods, follow the necessary procedures to claim a VAT (Value Added Tax) refund if applicable.

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