We are often asked for advice about import duty for freight shipments coming to the UK from across the globe, including accurately calculating duty tax, especially post-Brexit. If you need advice, we are here to help. We specialise in air freight, road freight, sea freight, next day delivery to Europe and import from China.

Calculate Your Duty Tax With Barrington Freight


We recommend using our Duty Calculator tool to calculate taxes on import and what you need to pay HMRC. Simply fill in relevant details, including:

  • The cost of the goods (your cost, not the sale price)
  • Shipping cost


Once you receive the Import Duty cost and taxes for your shipment, you can ship your freight with confidence and assurance that you won’t face any hidden charges. We ensure that our customers are fully aware of service costs before committing to shipment and importing. You can also use this helpful tool to calculate the import ports costs when purchasing from Alibaba and other eCommerce marketplaces. 

Find Duty rates and Government Trade Tariffs here.

Duty and VAT Estimator

Find Duty rates on the GOV.UK Trade Tariff here - https://www.trade-tariff.service.gov.uk/trade-tariff/sections

What Is Import Duty?


Import Duty is a tax collected on consignments when importing from abroad, based on a percentage of the value of the goods shipped. Import Duty is also referred to as Import Tax or Custom Duty. In most cases, this is collected by a country’s customs authority and usually collected when the goods first enter the country and require accurate paperwork filing.

How Much Is Import Duty?


The rates of Import Duty and local taxes vary from country to country, so correctly calculating them is crucial for business, as taxes are critical for overall costs.

Until a trade deal is finalised with the EU, Brexit means that imports from the European Union to the UK require you to pay duties and file the correct customs paperwork with an EORI number.

Consumer Products & Categories

The Duty Calculator covers a wide range of consumer products and categories within freight shipping. Categories covered include:

  • Antiques and art
  • Accessories, bags, and glasses
  • Apparel and shoes for men and women
  • Baby, health, and beauty
  • Books, DVDs, and films
  • Cars, bikes, and parts
  • Consumer electronics
  • Home, garden, DIY, and office
  • Jewellery and watches
  • Music and musical instruments
  • Sports and leisure
  • Toys and games

The Duty Calculator does not cover:

  • Food or drink items, including perishable products
  • Medicines, unlicensed drugs, and health supplements
  • Tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, and spirits
  • Plants and fresh flowers
  • Chemicals and potentially hazardous or flammable products
  • Live animals
  • Offensive weapons, firearms, explosives, and ammunition
  • Pornographic material

If you send any of these consumer products, your goods may be seized. You can ask for them back, even if you agree customs was right to seize them; however, this only applies to cars, other vehicles, and packages sent via the post. If you believe customs was wrong to seize your items, you can make a court appeal.

Paying A Customs Charge

It’s easy to pay VAT and Customs. Once your shipment is in transit, we will contact you with VAT and Duty amounts before the shipment arrives.

Sample Products

Sample products from countries like the USA, Taiwan, and China often had duty costs payable. In some instances, duty and VAT relief can be granted, providing it is only used as a sample product and has a value of less than £15. You risk your item being seized if these requirements are not met.

Are you looking for a quick, competitive, freight shipment quotation from a leading company in the industry? For a free quote on your freight shipment, fill in your details on our simple quote form.

For more information about our services or if you have an unusual load request, reach out to our operations team on 01268 978660 or email [email protected].