Travelling from / to UK - pay customs duty on personal items ?

When I travel from or to the UK after BREXIT, can I be asked to pay duties or other customs charges on personal items, carrying in my luggage ? Should I expect I will have to pay customs fees when travelling between UK and EU countries ?
25 Apr 2021 at 03:38 PM
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After BREXIT, when you are travelling to or from the UK, you might have to pay tax and customs duty on your personal belongings or goods. Whether you should pay customs charges on your personal items or not, depends also on the direction and the way you are traveling, as there are different value-based and volume-based limits applied on some items. For example there are different limits on some items, when you travel by airplane, ship, car or other vehicle on road.

Before you travel, you have to check the customs import rules related to the specific items you will carry. In general, you don't have to pay VAT or customs duty on used personal items, for example on your mobile phone, laptop, clothes etc. But you might have to pay customs charges on personal items that are:
  • Intended for sale.
  • New and unopened, even when you carry them as a gift.



In some cases, you might be asked to prove that items you are carrying are for personal use.

Standard customs policy is:
  • Check if you need to pay tax or duty on any items you are carrying
  • Declare goods if you go over your allowances
  • Pay tax or duty
27 Apr 2021 at 11:24 AM
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