How to import?

Importing goods without the aid of a freight forwarding agent can be very tricky, especially if it’s your first time. Whether importing from a country within the E.U. or from outside there are several points to consider:


  • Have you obtained the correct commodity code to classify your goods? There are approximately 14,000 to choose from.
  • Do you need to pay VAT? Or are you Vat registered? In which case, you need to fill out a VAT return.
  • Are you importing from outside the E.U.? If so, have you registered with the CHIEF system and declared your goods to be imported?
  • Have you paid duty?
  • Have you obtained the relevant import license for your goods, if needed?


However, the answers to the above questions vary depending on the country you are importing from and whether it is in the E.U. or not.


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How long will it take to import?

If you intend to import yourself, you will need to allow a minimum of 23 days for all paperwork to be processed and then up to an additional 40 days for shipping.

However, when using a freight forwarding agent, such as Cargocost it is solely dependent upon transit times, as we handle all the paperwork. This includes:


  • 26-38 days to import from the Far East
  • 33-35 days to import from China
  • 40 -41 days to import from Australasia
  • 8 – 28 days to import from the Americas
  • 19-27 days to import from the Middle East
  • 30-38 days to import from an Indian sub-continent


With a team dedicated to each part of the shipping process, benefiting from over 40 years experience in the business, Cargocost are well equipped to deal with all freight matters. 

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