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Information for businesses selling in the UK

As a result of the UK leaving the European Union, on 1 January 2021, the collection of duties and taxes for the import of commercial goods into the UK will change. All sellers, including online retailers, sellers on marketplaces and international businesses selling directly to UK consumers by phone or mail order, are likely to be impacted by this change.

 

Gifts

The United Kingdom admits private gifts intended for the personal or family use of the addressee free of duty and VAT up to a value of £39 provided the following limits are not exceeded:

  • Spirits - 1 litre, plus Wine - 2 litres
  • Tobacco products 50 cigarettes or 25 cigarillos or 10 cigars or 50 grams of tobacco

Prohibitions

The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Aerosols
  • Alcoholic beverages and liquids containing more than 24% Alcohol by volume
  • Ammunition
  • Asbestos
  • Ashes (Human Remains)
  • Batteries
  • Bladed articles and products, including but are not limited to, any knife blade, any kitchen/cooking/cutlery knife, any hobby, trade or gardening tools that could be described as a knife, any antique/bespoke/handmade knives
  • Clinical and medical waste
  • Controlled drugs and narcotics
  • Corrosive substances
  • Counterfeit currency, bank notes and postage stamps
  • Dry ice
  • Environmental waste
  • Electronic items containing any batteries exceeding 100Wh
  • Explosives
  • Flammable liquids
  • Flammable solids
  • Frozen water
  • Gases
  • Goods made in foreign prisons
  • Human and animal remains
  • Infectious substances UN2814 or UN2900
  • Lighters and refills containing flammable liquid or gas
  • Living creatures, animals and reptiles
  • Lottery tickets
  • Magnetised material
  • Matches
  • Obscene publications and pornography
  • Open razors (where the blade is exposed)
  • Oxidising materials and organic peroxides
  • Pesticides
  • Poisonous, toxic liquids, solids or gases
  • Radioactive materials
  • Scissors with sharp edges
  • Solvent-based paints, wood varnishes and enamels
  • Tickets and related advertisements for illegal lotteries
  • Waste, dirt, filth or refuse
  • Weapons, including any bladed or sharply pointed items, for example knives, axes, swords, survival knives, or machetes

Transporting food of any kind, cash and perfumes are prohibited under International Courier.

Batteries

All types of batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Courier services.

Please refer to the following websites for further information:

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animals and animal products
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Plants and plant products
  • Radi