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HMRC – The Customs Tariff

The Integrated Tariff of the United Kingdom, usually referred to as The Tariff, contains all the information to assist with exporting and importing and includes reference to the relevant laws and regulations.

The Tariff consist of 3 volumes. Every December a complete Tariff for the following year is issued followed by monthly amendments which replace existing pages.

Volume 1

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Contains essential background information for importers and exporters. It covers duty relief schemes, contact addresses for organisations such as Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Forestry Commission. It also contains an explanation of Excise Duty, Tariff Quotas and many similar topics.

Volume 2

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This contains the 16,000 or so commodity codes set out on a chapter by chapter basis. It lists duty rates and other directions such as import licensing and preferential duty rates.

Volume 3

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This contains a box by box completion guide for import and export entries – the C88 form, the complete list of Customs Procedure Codes (CPCs) for importing and exporting, country / currency codes, lists of UK ports and airports both alphabetically and by their entry processing unit (EPU) numbers and further general information about importing or exporting.

Incoterms 2010

The Incoterms® rules have become an essential part of the daily language of trade. They have been incorporated in contracts for the sale of goods worldwide and provide rules and guidance to importers, exporters, lawyers, transporters, insurers and students of international trade.

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What are Duties and Taxes?

When transporting goods across international borders, shipments are subject to duties and taxes as determined by customs in the destination country.

Learn the fundamentals when shipping worldwide with the Shipper's Guide to Duties and Taxes.

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Customs Terminology Explained

Customs has a language all of its own as well as terminology that can appear a little complicated at times. Our glossary presents some of the more common terms you will come across when shipping dutiable goods internationally.

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Volumetric Weight Calculators

Transportation cost will be determined based on the greater weight of freight. Whether that is the actual weight of the cargo or the volumetric weight . This is a generic formula and is specific to each type of freight movement whether it be by air, courier, road or sea.

The volumetric weight of a shipment is a calculation that reflects the density of a package. A less dense item generally occupies more volume of space, in comparison to its actual weight. The volumetric or dimensional weight is calculated and compared with the actual weight of the shipment to ascertain which is greater; the higher weight is used to calculate the shipment cost.

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Packaging Advice

TR Logistics Group is committed to delivering your shipments with speed and care. Shipments are handled frequently as they pass through many facilities across the world. In order to make sure your shipments arrive in the best possible condition, here are packaging tips and helpful advice on preparing your shipment.

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Need help?

If you’re exporting or importing for the first time, you may find our customs advice helpful.

Contact us to discuss your requirements at info@tr‑ or call us on +44 (0) 28 9037 3700