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Moving to UK from USA

The United Kingdom (UK) is a country with a rich history, vibrant culture, and diverse landscape, making it an attractive destination for many people. The UK is home to world-renowned universities, museums, and art galleries, and it offers excellent healthcare, education, and public transportation systems. The country also has a dynamic economy, with many opportunities for entrepreneurs and professionals, particularly in London, one of the world’s leading financial centers. The UK is known for its welcoming and diverse society, with a large expat community and a strong commitment to social justice and human rights. Additionally, the UK’s proximity to Europe makes it easy to travel and explore other cultures. All these factors make the UK a great place to live, work, and enjoy a high quality of life, and it is no wonder that many people choose to move there each year.

Contact us now and let us know what you want to start shipping to UK. We have the means and help you need in order to complete the process properly. Universal Relocations can easily help you relocate fast and in a meaningful way without any effort. We understand all the potential challenges and problems that can appear from relocating, and we are always here to ensure that you can get all the support you need. Get in touch with us and let us help you move from the USA to UK today!

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TRANSFER OF RESIDENCE TO UK – CUSTOMS DUTIES IN UK

Customs Procedure for Moving Household Goods into UK Household and personal effects are allowed into the United Kingdom free of Customs duty and VAT if they have been in the member’s use and possession in their normal home abroad for at least six months and providing they are solely for the member’s use in the United Kingdom. The member must have taken up residence in the United Kingdom or be in the immediate process of doing so. The property must be imported within twelve months of the member’s transfer of residence. The Customs form C3 must be completed by the member and submitted together with a packing list in English. In the case of recent purchases or new items, invoices may be required by Customs and Excise. All wines, spirits, tobacco, cigars, perfumes, toilet waters and any goods which have been owned and used for less than six months must be declared and are subject to Customs duty and VAT.


DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

Documents Required Customs Form (Import Declaration)
C-3 (Household goods and personal effects for primary residence)
C-33 (Household goods and personal effects for secondary residence)
C426 (for diplomatic entry)
Valid Passport
Visa may be required Work Permit Detailed Inventory in English, two copies, valued, dated and signed by Customer Keys for any locked items. Vehicle/Car Most private vehicles can be imported free of duty for a period of less than six months. For periods in excess of six months, importation is free if: The member is moving their normal home to the U.K. and has lived for more than twelve months outside the E.C. The vehicle has been possessed and used in their normal home outside the E.C. for at least six months before it is shipped and documentary evidence of this must be produced to Customs.



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The vehicle was not obtained under a duty/tax-free scheme. The member must keep the vehicle for their own personal use and not sell, lend, hire out or otherwise dispose of the vehicle in the U.K. within twelve months of the importation unless authority is obtained from Customs. Download separate customs form for a motor vehicle. Declaration to HM Customs – must specify year of manufacture, make, model name, serial number, chassis number, engine number, cubic engine capacity, number of cylinders, whether petrol or diesel, whether left or right hand drive, description of the body, price, the odometer reading, any extra or special features (e.g. automatic transmission) and any defects in the auto that would bring the price down.


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ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS

Customs Form C104A (Importing vehicle in connection with moving main residence to the United Kingdom). Customs Form C104F (Importing vehicle for a 6-12 month period). Customs Form C384 (Importing vehicle when duty is applicable)
Community Transit Document (T2) obtained from Customs office in the country of exportation. Registration papers/Title. Police Certificate or Registration. Insurance Policy. Original Purchase Invoice. Log Book


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Dutiable/Restricted Items

New items, if less than six months old (invoice required) Alcohol, Tobacco and perfume products dutiable and must be declared on Customs Form (C-3 or C-33). Presence of these items can result in full inspection. Of entire shipment (should not be shipped with house hold goods.) Plants will need a Phytosanitary certificate.


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Exemptions Allowed

Shortfall of up to two months in stay abroad can be condoned by Deputy Commissioner of Customs or Assistant Commissioner of Customs if the early return is on account of terminal leave or vacation being availed of by the passenger or any other special circumstances for reasons which will be required in writing by the customs authorities. The Principal Commissioner of Customs or Commissioner of Customs may condone short visits in excess of six months in special circumstances for reasons to be recorded in writing.


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Duty free items allowed under transfer of residence

The total combined value of such goods should not exceed rupees five lakh. NRIs should also be aware that, not more than one unit, of each item of such goods is allowed, per family. Items allowed duty free under transfer of residence are:Used personal and household articles up to an aggregate value of Rupees 5 Lakh. Jewelry up to Rs. 50,000 by a gentleman passenger or Rs. 100,000 for a lady passenger. Jewelry taken out earlier by the passenger or by a member of his family from UK.


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LIVE ANIMALS AND PLANT

Very strict restrictions apply. Health Certificate and proof of inoculation required Customs Form C-5 required. Dogs and cats: six months quarantine required in government approved facility. Quarantine kennel space limited, must be booked prior to importation. Import License – not granted until other requirements have been met, and quarantine (six months) in licensed facility has been arranged


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PROHIBITED ITEMS

Customs Form C104A (Importing vehicle in connection with moving main residence to the United Kingdom).
Customs Form C104F (Importing vehicle for a 6-12 month period).
Customs Form C384 (Importing vehicle when duty is applicable)
Community Transit Document (T2) obtained from Customs office in the country of exportation. Registration papers/Title.
Police Certificate or Registration. Insurance Policy. Original Purchase Invoice. Log Book



DISCLAIMER

Although Universal Relocations has tried to make the above information as accurate as possible, UNIVERSAL RELOCATIONS will not accepts any responsibility or liability for any changes in duty structure from above information we encourage you to verify any critical information with the relevant authorities before you book the consignment.


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