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Exporting Goods from the UK to the USA

The complexities involved in exporting goods from the UK to the USA require specialist expertise which is typically best procured through a dependable partner rather than hiring in-house. At Barrington Freight, we excel in delivering seamless and efficient export services to the United States as and when you need them, thereby saving occasional exporters a great deal compared to running their own export department. 

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  • Sea Freight and Air Freight for UK Export
  • Customs Clearance Support
  • Professional Experienced Team
  • Business-to-Business Deliveries
  • Large & Small Consignments Delivered
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    Expert Management of UK Exports to the USA

    Whether you aim to grow your business or fulfil specific delivery needs, our comprehensive solutions ensure that exporting to the USA from the UK is handled with utmost professionalism whichever US state your customer happens to be in. While we primarily focus on sea freight for larger consignments, we also offer air freight services for urgent shipments, ensuring your goods arrive promptly and securely either way.

    An in-depth understanding of regulations on both sides of the Atlantic is needed to handle exports from the UK to the USA. Our operations team supports British businesses by dealing with complex customs procedures while arranging the safe transit of a range of commodities.

    Choosing Barrington Freight as your freight forwarder ensures a smooth transition through customs. Our services cater to shipments of all sizes and deadlines. In short, we provide reliable and secure freight forwarding from door to door across the United States.

    To begin your USA export journey with us, call 01268 525 444 or request an online shipping quote.

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    Why Exporting to USA States from the UK is Good for Business

    Expanding your business by exporting from UK to USA offers numerous advantages.

    1. Access to a Large Market: Exporting to the USA opens up opportunities in one of the world’s largest consumer markets, allowing UK businesses to reach millions of potential customers and significantly boost sales.
    2. Diversifying Business Risk: Engaging in trade with the USA helps UK companies diversify their market presence, reducing reliance on domestic sales or those in Europe, thereby providing stability against local economic fluctuations.
    3. Capitalising on a Common Language: British exporters can take advantage of their common language with most American businesses, something that goes beyond linguistics since firms in both countries tend to go about trading in similar ways.

    Exporting to the USA from the UK provides strategic growth opportunities, enhancing both market reach and business resilience.

    Your Options for Expert Export Services to the USA

    For businesses looking to enter the US market or seeking cost-effective export solutions, Barrington Freight offers specialised sea and air freight services. Our service starts in the UK, providing a swift collection from any mainland location and onward delivery for the port of entry to any US state from Alabama to Oregon and from West Virginia to Wyoming.

    Sea Freight

    • FCL Shipments: Ideal for large consignments, our Full Container Load (FCL) services offer exclusive use of a container, ensuring maximum security throughout the goods’ transportation.
    • LCL Consignments: For smaller shipments, our Less than Container Load (LCL) options allow cost-sharing by transporting goods alongside others, reducing expenses while ensuring timely delivery. With attractive rates, we make any export USA-bound cost-effective.

    Air Freight

    • Air Freight: When urgency is paramount, our air freight services offer a rapid solution for delivering goods to the USA, perfect for time-sensitive shipments requiring fast and reliable transit.

    This range of high-quality freight forwarding services is designed to offer flexibility to all UK businesses from large corporations and manufacturing firms to SMEs producing components and prototypes, ensuring their goods reach the USA according to their commercial priorities.

    Get a free USA export quote today

    UK-USA Trade Relations

    UK-USA trade relations are strong, with bilateral trade valued at £310.8 billion annually. This significant economic partnership covers various sectors, facilitated by sectoral trade agreements that streamline operations and reduce tariffs. The UK exports a wide range of goods and services to the USA, leveraging these favourable conditions to enhance business growth and stability.

    Today, the United States is the UK’s largest single-country trading partner for exports, covering a wide array of goods such as machinery, vehicles, pharmaceuticals and services. This extensive trade relationship is bolstered by strong cultural ties and a shared commitment to open markets and investment. Businesses on both sides of the Atlantic benefit from favourable trade policies and a well-established framework that supports economic cooperation and growth.

    Customer Reviews

    Joe Archer
    Joe Archer
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    Excellent service all round!
    David Smith
    David Smith
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    Needed Help getting an odd piece of machinery from the EU and got all the help I needed.
    Kay Sherry
    Kay Sherry
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    Simon Pool from Barrington freight was very helpful and door to door service to S.Korea was excellent, pick up and delivery services on time. I highly recommend Barrington Freight for air cargo services. Thank you Simon and the team! Kay
    Daniel Gardner
    Daniel Gardner
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    The team at Barrington where incredible at delivering our goods on-time despite the new Brexit regulations on goods being imported. We even didn't pay tax on the returning shipment coming back to German.
    Drewit Studio
    Drewit Studio
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    Brilliant service. Extremely helpful, and they supported us all the way through the process of transporting goods to mainland Europe, which for anyone who hasn't done that before can seem quite daunting. Would definitely recommend using this company.
    Jason Scott
    Jason Scott
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    Working with Barrington was brilliant. They really looked out for us, tackling our tough shipping/freight requirements keeping us informed at every stage of the process. Thank you
    James Ayre
    James Ayre
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    kept up to date with all progress, i know they had a particularly troubling time with import customs messing up paperwork but sorted all that out for me. highly reccomend will use again
    Peter Seal
    Peter Seal
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    Excellent company, very efficient and great communication. Competitive , quick quotes!
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    We are very satisfied, we would like to thank the team for this with an awesome rating! They handled the delivery of a very sensitive, valuable, gigantic pallet for us at a fair price and without any problems. I mean, out of 4 companies, only they were able to undertake it. Nothing is damaged! We recommend the company to everyone :)
    USA Export Information

    VAT and Duty Plus Our Step-By-Step Guide When You Export to United States Destinations


    When exporting goods from the UK to the USA, Value Added Tax can often be zero-rated, meaning no VAT is charged on the exported goods. However, businesses must retain evidence of export and ensure all paperwork, such as commercial invoices and shipping documents, is correctly completed to comply with HMRC regulations. It’s essential to verify that the customer in the USA is properly registered and that the goods are indeed being shipped out of the UK.


    When exporting goods from the UK to the USA, it’s crucial to understand the duty requirements. The USA imposes import duties based on the classification of goods under the Harmonised Tariff Schedule (HTS). The duty rate varies by product type and value. UK exporters must accurately classify their products to determine the applicable duties.


    Handling exports to the USA effectively means following a straightforward approach that can be repeated whenever new orders are placed by American customers regardless of which state they’re in.

    1. Confirm Regulatory Requirements: Ensure your goods meet both UK and US standards, obtaining the necessary certifications and adhering to specific market requirements.
    2. Register for an EORI Number: Obtain an Economic Operator Registration and Identification number, essential for exporting goods from the UK.
    3. Check Your Commodity Classification: Use the correct commodity codes to classify your products, crucial for determining duty obligations.
    4. Prepare Export Documentation: Compile all required documents, including commercial invoices, packing lists and any necessary export licenses. Our operations team can assist with this if you are unused to such processes.
    5. Appoint a Reliable Freight Forwarder: Partner with Barrington Freight, experts in transatlantic exports, to manage your logistics efficiently.

    These basic steps result in the streamlined management of your UK exports to the USA.

    The Most Common States Serving as Commercial Hubs for British Exporters

    British exporters frequently target key commercial hubs in the USA to maximise their market reach:

    • New York: As a major commercial centre, New York offers access to a vast market and extensive business infrastructure, making it a prime destination for UK exports.
    • California: Known for its strong tech and entertainment industries, California provides significant opportunities for British businesses looking to penetrate the US market.
    • Florida: With its thriving tourism and agricultural sectors, Florida is an ideal hub for exporting various goods from the UK.
    • Ohio: Ohio’s diverse economy, including manufacturing and healthcare, makes it a strategic location for British exports to the Midwest.
    • Massachusetts: Renowned for its education and biotech industries, Massachusetts presents lucrative opportunities for UK exporters targeting innovative sectors.
    • New Jersey: Close to major ports and New York City, New Jersey is a vital logistics hub, facilitating efficient distribution of UK goods throughout the northeastern USA.
    Why Select Barrington Freight When Exporting from the UK to the USA?

    Choosing Barrington Freight for your exports from the UK to the USA ensures hassle-free and compliant freight services. Here’s why we are the ideal partner for your American export needs:

    1. Expertise in US Regulations: Barrington Freight has in-depth knowledge of both UK and US regulations, ensuring your exports comply with all relevant laws and customs procedures, minimising delays and complications.
    2. Customer Support: Our experienced team supports you through each stage of the export process, providing guidance on customs matters when needed.
    3. BIFA Membership: As members of the British International Freight Association (BIFA), we adhere to high industry standards, ensuring reliable and professional service.
    4. Competitive Export Pricing: We offer competitive pricing, leveraging our extensive network across the UK and USA to provide cost-effective solutions for your export needs.
    5. Complete Freight Forwarding Solutions: We offer a range of export services tailored to your shipment needs, including sea freight and air freight options, ensuring flexible and efficient logistics solutions.

    Partnering with Barrington Freight means you’re working with an established freight forwarder who understands the complexities of exporting to the USA from the UK and is dedicated to ensuring your success in whichever US state you operate in.

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    Contact Us for Affordable Exports from the USA

    Our transport options can accommodate even the most unique requests, whether they be UK and EU pallets and cargo or larger and strangely shaped products. Big or small, light or heavy, Barrington Freight is on hand to cater to all your freight needs at a competitive price.

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