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Goods Obtained Within The European Community

There is a limit on the amount of goods you can buy from a duty-free or tax-free shop. Such goods are bought free of any purchase tax.

There is no limit on the amount of goods you are allowed to bring with you into the UK, provided they were not bought in a duty-free or tax free shop, and they are for personal use eg. for a private party (or are gifts) and you do not sell them or are being paid to buy the goods. However there are guideline levels and duty / VAT applied for all commercial imports.


Please contact HM customs and excise for all duty, tax and tariff codes or visit their website.


HM Customs & Excise National Advice Service

TEL: 0845 010 9000

ADDRESS: 161 Hammersmith Rd, W6 8BL.

Ask for the Customs Allowances section, who will be able to give you advice on the current customs allowances.


Other Orginizations for information and contact Advice Service


IATA - International Air Transport Association

DEFRA - Food and Rural Affairs

Forestry Commission

DTI - The Department of Trade and Industry

European Community Countries:

Austria France Luxembourg Spain
Belgium Germany Malta Sweden
Bulgaria Greece Netherlands United Kingdom
Cyprus Hungary Poland  
Czech Republic Ireland Portugal  
Denmark Italy Romania  
Estonia Latvia Slovakia  
Finland Lithuania Slovenia  

The Canary Islands and the Channel Islands are not part of the EC. Although Gibraltar is part of the EU, it is outside the Community Customs territory. As a result the customs allowances for outside the EU apply.

UK Customs Tariff - List of Chapters


Section I - Live animals; animal products

01. Live animals

02. Meat and edible meat offal

03. Fish and Crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates

04. Dairy produce; Birds' eggs; Natural honey; edible products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included

05. Products of animal origin, not elsewhere specified or included


Section II - Vegetable Products

06. Live trees and other plants; bulbs, roots and the like; cut flowers and ornamental foliage

07. Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers

08. Edible fruit and nuts; Peel of citrus fruit or melons

09. Coffee, Tea, Mate and Spices

10. Cereals

11. Products of the milling industry; Malt; Starches; Inulin; Wheat Gluten

12. Oil Seeds and Oleaginous Fruits; Miscellaneous Grains, Seeds and Fruit;

Industrial or Medicinal Plants; Straw and Fodder

13. Lac; Gums, Resins and other vegetable saps and extracts

14. Vegetable Plaiting Materials; Vegetable products not elsewhere specified or included


Section III - Animal or vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; prepared edible fats; animal or vegetable waxes

15. Animal of Vegetable fats and oils and their cleavage products; Prepared edible fats; Animal or Vegetable waxes


Section IV - Prepared foodstuffs; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes

16. Preparations of Meat, of Fish or of Crustaceans, Molluscs or other aquatic invertebrates

17. Sugars and Sugar Confectionery

18. Cocoa and Cocoa Preparations

19. Preparations of Cereals, Flour, Starch or Milk; Pastrycooks' products

20. Preparations of Vegetables, Fruit, Nuts or other parts of plants

21. Miscellaneous edible preparations

22. Beverages, Spirits and Vinegar

23. Residues and Waste from the food industries; Prepared animal fodder

24. Tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes


Section V - Mineral Products

25. Salt; Sulphur; Earths and Stone Plastering materials, Lime and Cement

26. Ores, Slag and Ash

27. Mineral fuels, Mineral oils and products of their distillation; Bituminous substances; Mineral waxes


Section VI - Products of the chemical or allied industries

28. Inorganic Chemicals; Organic or Inorganic compounds of precious metals, of rare-earth metals, of radioactive elements or of isotopes

29. Organic Chemicals

30. Pharmaceutical products

31. Fertilizers

32. Tanning or dyeing extracts; Tannis and their derivatives; Dyes, Pigments and other colouring matter; Paints and Varnishes, Putty and other Mastics; Inks

33. Essential oils and resinoids; Perfumery, Cosmetic or Toilet preparations

34. Soap, Organic surface-active agents, Washing preparations, Lubricating preparations, Artificial Waxes, Prepared Waxes, Polishing or Scouring preparations, Candles and similar articles, Modeling Pastes, 'Dental Waxes' and Dental preparations with a basis of plaster

35. Albuminoidal substances; Modified Starches; Glues; Enzymes

36. Explosives, Pyrotechnic products; Matches; Pyrophoric alloys; Certain combustable preparations

37. Photographic or Cinematographic goods

38. Miscellaneous Chemical products


Section VII - Plastics and articles thereof; rubber and articles thereof

39. Plastics and articles thereof

40. Rubber and articles thereof


Section VIII - Raw hides and skins, leather, furskins and articles thereof; saddlery and harness; travel goods, handbags and similar containers; articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut)

41. Raw hides and skins (other than furskins) and leather

42. Articles of leather; Saddlery and Harness; Travel goods, Handbags and similar containers; Articles of animal gut (other than silkworm gut)

43. Furskins and artificial fur; Manufactures thereof


Section IX - Wood and articles of wood; wood charcoal; cork and articles of cork; manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; basketware and wickerwork

44. Wood and articles of wood; Wood charcoal

45. Cork and articles of cork

46. Manufactures of straw, of esparto or of other plaiting materials; Basketware and Wickerware


Section X - Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; waste and scrap of paper or paperboard; paper and paperboard and articles thereof

47. Pulp of wood or of other fibrous cellulosic material; Recovered (waste and scrap) paper or paperboard

48. Paper and paperboard; Articles of paper pulp, of paper or of paperboard

49. Printed books, newspapers, pictures and other products of the printing industry; Manuscripts, Typescripts and plans


Section XI - Textiles and textile articles

50. Silk

51. Wool, fine or coarse animal hair; Horsehair yarn and woven fabric

52. Cotton

53. Other vegetable textile fibres; Paper yarn and woven fabrics of paper yarn

54. Man-made filaments; Strip and the like of man-made textile materials

55. Man-made staple fibres

56. Wadding, felt and nonwovens; Special yarns; Twine, cordage, ropes and cables and articles thereof


57. Carpets and other textile floor coverings

58. Special woven fabrics; tufted textile fabrics; Lace; Tapestries; Trimmings; Embroidery

59. Impregnated, coated, covered or laminated textile fabrics; Textile articles of a kind suitable for industrial use

60. Knitted or crocheted fabrics

61. Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, knitted or crocheted

62. Articles of apparel and clothing accessories, not knitted or crocheted

63. Other made-up textile articles; sets; Worn clothing and Worn textile articles; Rags


Section XII - Footwear, headgear, umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking-sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof; prepared feathers and articles made therewith; artificial flowers; articles of human hair

64. Footwear, gaiters and the like; Parts of such articles

65. Headgear and parts thereof

66. Umbrellas, sun umbrellas, walking sticks, seat-sticks, whips, riding-crops and parts thereof

67. Prepared feathers and down and articles made of feathers or of down; Artificial flowers; Articles of human hair


Section XIII - Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials; ceramic products; glass and glassware

68. Articles of stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials

69. Ceramic products

70. Glass and glassware


Section XIV - Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coins

71. Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal, and articles thereof; Imitation jewellery; Coins


Section XV - Base metals and articles of base metal

72. Iron and Steel

73. Articles of Iron or Steel

74. Copper and articles thereof

75. Nickel and articles thereof

76. Aluminium and articles thereof

77. Does not exist

78. Lead and articles thereof

79. Zinc and articles thereof

80. Tin and articles thereof

81. Other base metals; Cermets; and articles thereof

82. Tools, implements, cutlery, spoons and forks, of base metal; Parts thereof of base metal

83. Miscellaneous articles of base metal


Section XVI - Machinery and mechanical appliances; electrical equipment; parts thereof; sound recorders and reproducers, television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles

84. Nuclear Reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical appliances; Parts thereof

85. Electrical machinery and equipment and parts thereof; Sound Recorders and Reproducers, Television image and sound recorders and reproducers, and parts and accessories of such articles


Section XVII - Vehicles, aircraft, vessels and associated transport equipment

86. Railway or tramway locomotives, Rolling Stock and parts thereof; Railway or Tramway Track fixtures and fittings and parts thereof; Mechanical (including electromechanical) Traffic Signalling Equipment of all kinds

87. Vehicles other than railway or Tramway rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof

88. Aircraft, Spacecraft, and parts thereof

89. Ships, Boats and floating structures


Section XVIII - Optical, photographic, cinematographic, measuring, checking, precision, medical or surgical instruments and apparatus; clocks and watches; musical instruments; parts and accessories thereof

90. Optical, Photographic, Cinematographic, Measuring, Checking, Precision, Medical or Surgical Instruments and Apparatus; Parts and accessories thereof

91. Clocks and Watches and Parts thereof

92. Musical Instruments; Parts and accessories of such articles


Section XIX - Arms and ammunition; parts and accessories thereof

93. Arms and Ammunition; Parts and accessories thereof


Section XX - Miscellaneous manufactured articles

94. Furniture; Bedding, Mattresses, Mattress Supports, Cushions and similar stuffed furnishings; Lamps and Lighting fittings, not elsewhere specified or included; Illuminated signs, Illuminated nameplates and the like; Prefabricated Buildings

95. Toys, Games and Sports Requisites; Parts and accessories thereof

96. Miscellaneous manufactured articles


Section XXI - Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

97. Works of art, Collectors' Pieces and Antiques

98. Does not exist

99. Does not exist


The Tariff Chapters listed above are for your information only to help you to find the right commodity code and to know how import works.

For further information, urgent clearance / delivery, duty / tax and to get help for completions of forms, please contat us on Tel 08443 350 530 or email

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