General Guide to Importing

KTL Europe have created a general guide for you, answering any importing questions you may have.

Sarah Woodrow

May 20, 2021

This is a short guide on the basics of importing cargo to the UK, If you require more information or have any questions that have not been answered, please get in contact us to discuss your requirements.

Firstly, make sure you get your Incoterms agreed with your supplier, so you can see who is responsible for payment of Freight, Customs Clearance and other charges.

The most common Incoterms are FOB and CIF, for more information check our Incoterms Page here.

As a generally rule we would recommend buying on FOB Terms, the reason we recommend FOB Terms are as follows:

  • You can take control of the shipment and with the help of a freight forwarder can keep visibility on the cargo avoiding any delays in shipping and transit.
  • Will ensure transparency on shipping costs. 
  • In some cases CIF Cargo can be routed on long routes, particularly Airfreight.
  • CIF Cargo often has unexpected high costs upon arrival in the UK
  • If the CIF Shipping price looks very low, chances are you will pay high costs on arrival in the uk
  • If you are unsure, seek advice from us at KTL Europe UK  

When you have agreed Incoterms it is important to check that the correct destination is agreed for the best Sea or Air Port nearest to you.

Once the cargo arrives to the UK you will need to arrange customs clearance, pay any Import VAT and Duty Applicable and have the goods delivered. KTL Europe can arrange customs clearance and delivery from all major Ports and Airports.

At KTL Europe we strongly recommend you take our insurance and this is something we can arrange and sort out for you. Please check out our Insurance Page for more information. 

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