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Application for an import licence

Please be aware that import restrictions on certain categories of goods aimed at limiting the quantity of imports, exist in a number of countries, including the UK. These controls are usually achieved through the imposition of import licences, quotas, duties or levies. For goods imported into the UK, import licensing is implemented at ports and airports by HM Customs and Excise, who are also responsible for the collection of any revenues due.

There are two ways of importing goods into the UK: either through an Open General Licence or through an Individual Import Licence.

Whilst General Licences account for the vast majority of imports into the UK, individual licence are normally required for goods specified in the Schedule of the Licence examples of which include: clothing, textiles, steel, firearms and agricultural produce.

Individual licences are either 'Open' (valid for one year for the import of a specific commodity without restrictions as to quantity or value) or 'Specific' (valid for the importation of a stated quantity or value of a specific commodity and valid for a defined period). Please contact us, should you wish to receive any further information on this topic.




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