Step-by-step guide to importing


When importing goods from overseas, most businesses use a courier or freight forwarder.

The rules and regulations you need to follow depends on whether you’re importing from:

  • within the EU
  • outside the EU

You can hire a professional (eg a tax adviser) if you need advice about import duties and VAT.

This guide highlights the things you need to do when you are importing from another country. It is important to note that there are different rules when importing services.