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Buying from abroad

In this section you'll find information about the charges you might have to pay if you buy goods from outside of the UK. Since Brexit, this includes goods bought from countries in the EU (unless you're in Northern Ireland).

These charges can include VAT, Customs Duty or Excise Duty.

There is different guidance depending on whether you are ordering goods from abroad (to be delivered to you in the UK) or bringing goods with you personally when returning to the UK.

What is the law guide

The Desktop Lawyer law guide aims to present the law to you in a comprehensive yet jargon-free and easy-to-read format. Our law guide is constantly kept up to date with changes in business and family law by our team of in house solicitors, and includes information across all the legal jurisdictions in the UK.

Our law guide is free to use. Where we provide documents related to this area of law, or where they may help you with any legal issue in this area, they will be listed to the right of this message.