FAQ

Have any questions about shipping to Amazon UK?

Find a list of common questions in the FAQ section below.

Your Questions Answered:

  1. Are you familiar with Amazon deliveries?
  2. Amazon cannot be shown as importer of the goods? What is the solution?
  3. How long will process take?
  4. What is VAT?
  5. How does it work?
  6. Do I need a VAT number to Import goods?
  7. How do I register for VAT?
  8. When do I need to register for VAT?
  9.  Do I need to be VAT registered in all EU countries that I sell to?
  10. Does that mean I need to be VAT registered in all EU countries where I am holding stock in Amazon warehouses?
  11. What will happen to my shipment if I don’t do VAT registration?
  12. Can I reclaim my VAT?
  13. How does the VAT return procedure work?
  14. Can you help with my VAT return?
  15. How frequently do I need to submit a VAT return?
  16. Can you help with my VAT return in other EU Countries?
  17. Do I need a fiscal representative in UK?
  18. Do I need to have a bank account in UK?
  19. How much will VAT registration cost me?
  20. What is the cost for VAT registration in other EU countries?
  21.  Since there is no importer, can I use your trading company for importation of the goods?
  22. Can I export the goods to UK and you clear the goods using your trading company’s VAT & EORI?
  23. I am a forwarding agent, can I establish a trading company and you assist us to do the VAT registration?
  24. I do not have an EORI number, can I use your trading company’s EORI number to clear the goods?
  25. How much duty do I pay? 
  26. Can you deliver to Amazon warehouses in Europe?
  27. How do you do the returns?
  28. What happens if there is damage?
  29. Where are located the various Amazon Fulfilment centres within the UK?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For further information about Shipping to Amazon UK, read our helpful Guide: Exporting to Amazon FBA UK.


Your questions answered:

1. Are you familiar with Amazon deliveries?

We are very familiar with requirements for Amazon deliveries including timed delivery, palletisation and labelling. In addition, we have a foreign trade sister company who can assist since Amazon cannot be shown as consignee or importer of goods.

2. Amazon cannot be shown as the importer of the goods? What is the solution?

Our foreign trade sister company can apply for a registration to show the shipper as the importer of the goods. Amazon cannot be shown as consignee or importer of goods. Therefore we are able to show the shipper as the importer of record for the goods and for customs clearance. We have great experience and expertise in this area.

3. How long will process take?

The process could take up to 4 days to obtain the registration to show the shipper as importer of goods.

4. What is VAT?

VAT (Value Added Tax) is a form of consumption tax, meaning that it is only a cost applied to the end consumer.
All 28 EU countries have VAT. It has different names in different countries e.g. In France it is TVA, Spain – IVA, Germany – Mwst, etc.
Each country also applies its own VAT rate. In the UK the standard rate is currently 20%.

5. How does it work?

The seller charges VAT to the customer to which the seller then pays over to the government.
Most companies:
– Collect VAT on sales
– Pay VAT on all purchase invoices
– Declare the difference to VAT authorities
– Pay VAT on the value that is added

6. Do I need a VAT number to Import goods?

A VAT number is not required to import the goods. Only EORI registration to show the shipper as the importer is required.
However, UK law states that a VAT registration is required for subsequent sale of the goods by an overseas seller..
We can assist you when registering for VAT and guide you through the application process

7. How do I register for VAT?

We can guide you through the process for registering for VAT.
Simply complete a questionnaire and the registration process with HMRC usually takes 7-10 working days. Should you wish to register for VAT, then please contact us and we will guide you through the process.

8. When do I need to register for VAT?

As there is a zero limit registration threshold for sales directly from overseas seller to the end consumer in the UK (i.e when using Amazon FBA) you will need to immediately register for VAT, when you make any sale to a end consumer in UK.

9.  Do I need to be VAT registered in all EU countries that I sell to?

Not necessarily. If your stock is held in the UK you can still sell to other EU countries without having to VAT register in each until you reach the limit set by the EU Distance Selling Rules.
Further information can be provided on this.
Please let us know which countries you are selling in and we can check what the limits are.

10. Does that mean I need to be VAT registered in all EU countries where I am holding stock in Amazon warehouses?

Yes, even if goods are imported to the UK initially, moving stock to another EU country requires VAT registration in that country. However, if you stored all goods in the UK and sold to clients in other countries, you would only register for VAT if your sales reach the limits set by EU distance selling rules.
If you need to VAT register in multiple EU countries, we can assist in registration for VAT in these countries.

11. What will happen to my shipment if I don’t do VAT registration?

We strongly advise against this, as you may potentially be faced with large fines and penalties. In addition, UK government may potentially seize your cargo.

12. Can I reclaim my VAT?

There is a VAT reclaim procedure for VAT paid on importation.

13. How does the VAT return procedure work?

At the end of each month, HRMC will issue C79 certificate which summarises what VAT has been paid for importation during the month. Every 3 months you will be required to submit a VAT return where VAT paid on importation can be reclaimed.
Please note that VAT is due on total value of sales and therefore net, you will owe monies to HMRC.

14. Can you help with my VAT return?

Yes, we offer a comprehensive service for FBA shipments which includes VAT registration, submitting VAT returns on your behalf, delivery, inventory, return goods, warehousing, etc.

15. How frequently do I need to submit a VAT return?

You will be required to submit a return quarterly (every 3 months). We can assist you with this process.

16. Can you help with my VAT return in other EU Country?

Yes, we offer a comprehensive service for FBA shipments which includes VAT registration assistance, submitting VAT returns on your behalf, delivery, inventory, return goods, warehousing, etc.

17. Do I need a fiscal representative in UK?

You do not require fiscal representative to VAT register in the UK. In other EU countries it may be required.

18. Do I need to have a bank account in UK?

In UK there is no requirement for overseas seller to have a UK bank account to register for VAT.

19. How much will VAT registration cost me?

There is a one-off charge for registering in the UK which is currently £750.

20. What is the cost for VAT registration in other EU countries?

Please send us an email at amazon@uglog.com for further details.

21.  Since there is no importer, can I use your trading company for importation of the goods?

Trading companies in the UK don’t have the same function as in China.
We would apply for the Importer of Record to be shown as the shipper and we can guide and assist you in obtaining your EORI number which usually takes just 3-7 days.

22. Can I export the goods to UK and you clear the goods using your trading company’s VAT & EORI?

Trading companies in the UK don’t have the same function as in China.
We would apply for the Importer of Record to be shown as the shipper and we can guide and assist you in obtaining your EORI number which usually takes just 3-7 days.

23. I am a forwarding agent, can I establish a trading company and you assist us to do the VAT registration?

Yes, you can register in UK for EORI and VAT. We will use the VAT number to clear the goods.

24. I do not have an EORI number, can I use your trading company’s EORI number to clear the goods?

Owning an EORI number is mandatory to import in UK. we can guide and assist you through EORI registration process, it is a simple process and free of charge. It usually takes 3-7 working days to proceed. Please be aware that if you subsequently intend to sell the goods as an overseas seller (such as in Amazon FBA) then you will be required to register for VAT.

25. How much duty do I pay? 

You need to establish your HTS (Harmonized tariff code) this code can be found on the customs website https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/sections along with the duty percentage.

26. Can you deliver to Amazon warehouses in Europe?

We are able to customs clear cargo in the UK, and then move by road freight to other Amazon centre in Europe.

27. How do you do the returns?

We would coordinate collector from Amazon centers and return to our facilities pending your instructions. Find out more about returns on http://www.fbashipping.uk/go/returns/ our dedicated page or email us at amazon@uglog.com for more information.

28. What happens if there is damage?

In certain cases we may be able to assist with minor repairs depending on quality control requirements.

29. Where are located the various Amazon Fulfilment centres within the UK?

There are 10 Amazon Fulfilment centres across the UK. See map below for locations.

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Terminology Explained

1. VAT

VAT (Value Added Tax) is a form of consumption tax, meaning that it is only a cost to the end consumer.
All 28 EU countries have VAT. It has different names in different countries e.g. In France it is TVA, Spain – IVA, Germany – Mwst, etc.
Each country also applies its own VAT rate. In the UK the standard rate is currently 20%.

2. HMRC

HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) is the department of the UK government which deals with imports and exports.

Once you have your VAT number, it is important you comply with UK regulations so we have put together the following information to ensure you understand your liabilities.

Find out more here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/

3. EORI

The EORI (Economic Operator Registration and Identification) scheme is a European scheme introduced to improve security.

It requires each business looking to work in Europe to have a unique number which is then used by customs officials to track goods as they enter and move around Europe, including the UK.

4. Commodity Code

The commodity code classify goods for import and export so that you pay the right tax and duty and follow regulations. You must have a commodity code for all goods you want to import or export to and from the UK.

To help you find your Commodity Code go you can go to the UK link on https://www.gov.uk/trade-tariff/sections or you can visit the HMRC website on www.gov.uk/trade-tariff – this site will help you find your duty rate into the UK.

We will help you and guide you as much as we can, but the responsibility is yours to find the correct Commodity Code for your product.

Find out more here: https://www.gov.uk/finding-commodity-codes

5. Customs Duty

Customs Duty is a tax charged on importation of goods into the UK from outside Europe. It is charged as a percentage of the total value of the goods – that is the sterling equivalent of the price paid abroad.

To work out the percentage, each type of product is given a Commodity Code. This tells you what the Customs Duty rate percentage is for that particular product. There are around 14,000 different classifications with the duty rate percentage for generally varying between Free and 12%

6. Excise Duty

Excise Duty is a tax on certain goods such as alcohol and tobacco.

When excise goods are sold in the UK the price paid includes this tax.


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