The UK Global Tarrif Duty Rates

The UK Global Tariff will apply to all goods you import from 1 January 2021 (unless your goods are exempt).

You can search for your goods using:
  • A commodity code
  • The product description
  • A combination of these

HMRC have simplified and liberalised many tariffs on goods imported into the UK. Government amendments are highlighted in the ‘change’ column in the UK Global Tariff tool.

‘Liberalised’ means the tariff has been reduced to zero.
‘Simplified’ means the tariff has been rounded down or ‘banded’. For some complex tariffs this means the tariff is now expressed as a single percentage.
‘Reduced’ means the tariff has been lowered beyond the simplification measure.
‘Currency conversion’ means that tariffs have been converted at an exchange rate of €1 = 0.83687 GBP. After this conversion, rates equal to or over £10 have been rounded down to the nearest whole pound. Rates under £10 have been rounded down to the nearest 10 pence.

Frequently Asked Questions

The UKGT will apply to all goods imported into the UK unless:
  • an exception applies, such as a relief or tariff suspension
  • the goods come from countries that are part of the Generalised Scheme of Preferences
  • the country you’re importing from has a trade agreement with the UK
  • It only shows the tariffs that will be applied to goods at the border when they’re imported into the UK.

It does not cover:
  • other import duties, such as VAT
  • the precise details of trade remedy measures, such as anti-dumping, countervailing and safeguards
Some products are covered by a tariff-rate quota. This allows a limited amount of a product to be imported at a zero or lower tariff rate. 

The limit may be expressed in units of:
  • weight
  • volume
  • quantity
  • value

If this limit is exceeded, a higher tariff rate applies.
If there is a tariff-rate quota on your product, you can apply to import a limited amount at a reduced rate of customs duty.  Some tariff-rate quotas are only applicable to products imported from a specified country.
The government will publish further advice on tariff-rate quotas later in 2020. This will be based on the quotas in the UK goods schedule at the World Trade Organization, published in draft in 2018.

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