Foreign citizens may import household goods and personal effects duty free into the United Kingdom subject to the following requirements:

  • Goods must be owned and used by the customer for at least 6 months prior to shipment
  • Customer must be moving their primary residence to a European Union country
  • Customer must have had their primary residence outside the European Union for at least 12 months prior to importing household goods and personal effects


The following documents are required to import household goods and personal effects into the United Kingdom:


  • citizens may import a motor vehicle into the United Kingdom duty free provided that the vehicle or boat has been owned and used overseas for a minimum of 6-months prior to import. Vehicle must also comply with United Kingdom compliance of vehicles (see Customers are required to complete and provide the following documents:
  • Customs Form C104/A
  • Customs Form C104/A (Vessels)
  • Original purchase invoice
  • Insurance certificate
  • Maintenance invoices
  • customer is not permitted to sell or dispose of the vehicle within 1-year of import. If the vehicle is less than 6-months old the customer will be required to complete Custom form C384.
  • owner is re-importing a motor vehicle previously registered the UK then Customs Form C179B is required.


Import of pets into the United Kingdom is strictly governed and subject to quarantine regulations. Pet Passports are accepted if the pet is being imported from participating countries.


The following items included in a household goods shipment are restricted and subject to duties and taxes:

  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco
  • Cereal, rice products, flour and nuts


The following items are strictly prohibited from import to the United Kingdom and should not be included in the shipment:

  • Controlled drugs
  • Firearms
  • Indecent or obscene books, magazines, videos, DVD’s, etc.
  • Horror comics
  • Flick knives, butterfly knives, martial arts weapons
  • Counterfeit currency
  • Radio transmitters including cordless telephones not approved in UK
  • Meat, poultry and other animal products
  • Plants and plant produce including trees, shrubs, vegetables, fruit, bulbs and seeds
  • Animals whether alive or dead (e.g. stuffed animals )
  • Parts and articles derived from protected species, including ivory, fur-skins, reptile leather and goods made from

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