U.K. Customs Tax & Importation Regulations

What Can I Ship to the U.K. from USA?

Guide to shipping internationally from the U.S. to the United Kingdom

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These are goods and commodities that are strictly prohibited or forbidden to be exported from the U.S. to any destination country or territory, and prohibited or forbidden to be imported into the U.K.

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These are items with restrictions or allowed to be exported from the U.S. to the United Kingdom but only under certain conditions and must abide by specific mandates.

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When shopping in the U.S. to the U.K. keep in mind that shipping laws and regulations vary based on U.S. Export Regulations, carrier regulations, international shipping regulations, and U.K. customs and import regulations.

Please note this is not a complete list of goods subject to import prohibitions and restrictions to the United Kingdom. For a complete list, please connect with us here.

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Items With Restrictions or Allowed Under Certain Conditions

Two kg of infant milk

Including infant food and special foods required for medical reasons can be imported under the condition that these products do not require refrigeration before opening and that they are packaged proprietary brand products for consumer use is acceptable per person. They will require a doctor's letter to substantiate the requirement. For anything over this amount, a UK import license is required by the consignee prior to shipping. Also, specify if the feed is dairy or soya-based.


Controlled Drugs


Horror Comics


Indecent or obscene materials

Regardless of media; DVDs, CD, video cassettes, films, books etc.


Radio Transmitters

Walkie-talkies, CB Radios, Cordless phones) are not approved for use in the U.K.


Rice

U.S. Origin-Certificate of Conformity required


Cartridges larger than 500g

By air cargo into, via, or from the UK, unless they originate from a known consignor with security arrangements approved by the Department of Transport

 
 
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Prohibited Items in the United Kingdom

Flick and Gravity Knives
Knives with blades that open automatically by operation of a spring device, or released by gravity or centrifugal forc

 

Indecent or Obscene Material

 

Offensive Weapons

Such as belt buckle knives, death stars, throwing stars, and martial arts equipment, Pepper and similar sprays
 

Asbestos

Hunting (animal) trophies, animal parts

Such as ivory and sharks fin, animal remains or ashes, animal by-products


Human remains or ashes


Bullion (of any precious metal)


Cash and travelers' cheques

Including legal tender – bank notes, currency notes, coins


Counterfeit coins and banknotes


Counterfeit or pirated goods

If you are offered very low prices for branded goods that are sold on shopping websites or via other channels, you can normally assume that the goods are counterfeit.


High quality branded goods that are often copied are:

  • Shoes

  • Clothing

  • Bags

  • Expensive Watches

  • CDs and DVDs

  • Perfumes

  • Electronics

It is prohibited in many countries to introduce counterfeit goods and where proven the Customs authority will seize the goods and penalize the buyer.


Goods bearing false origin statements
Including Goods infringing a trademark and Goods infringing a copyright


Lottery Material


Prison-made goods


Stamps (fictitious)

Including dies and plates for manufacture


Video Senders 

Any equipment capable of transmitting video images


Eggs


Straw


Soil


Investigational Drugs


Animal Hair and Wool


All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)


Non-perishable foodstuff weighing more than 10 kg to private individuals


Products containing meat or milk products

Including Whey Protein for personal consumption
 

Shipments subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)


Live Animals

Including insects, fruit flies/drosophila melanogaster and nematodes


Plants originating in India 

Such as Mangifera sp (Mangoes), Solanum melongena (Aubergine), Colocasia sp (Patra leaves), Momordica sp (Bitter gourd) and Trichosanthes sp (Snake gourd)


Hides, skins and apparel from the following animals:

Castor Canadensis, Lutra Canadensis, Canis Iatrans, Canis lupus, lynx Canadensis, Felis rufus, martes zibellina, Procyon lotor, Ondatra zibethicus, Martes pennant, Taxidea taxus, Martes

 

Americana and Mustela ermine are prohibited from certain countries

Loose Precious and Semi-Precious Stones

Cut or uncut, polished or unpolished


Complete original and imitation firearms and firearm parts

Including ammunition, explosives/explosive devices


Illegal goods

Such as counterfeit goods and narcotics


Due to the risk of contamination with E. coli bacteria possibly linked to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, the emergency measure prohibits with immediate effect the importation of seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries. The commodities are:

  • Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts

  • Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split

  • Fenugreek seeds

  • Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled

  • Lucerne (alfalfa) seeds

  • Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts

  • Mustard seeds, for sowing

  • Other mustard seeds

  • Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken

  • Rocket sprouts

  • Soya bean sprouts

  • Soya beans, whether or not broken

  • Sugar beet seeds

  • Vegetable seeds

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Carrier Shipping Regulations from the U.S. to the U.K.

Carriers have different lists of prohibitions and restrictions per country on destination. You can find the links to our Carrier Partners below:

 
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