To: Enquiries, Classification (Customs)
Subject: Hobby Beekeeping Imported equipiment - new invention for beekeeping
If I’m being given or Buying beekeeping Frames - Made of Food grade Plastic from Australia and accompanied with a Bee hive - Flat pack made of cedar from America.
What import Duty or VAT is there to pay.
We are a group of Hobby Bee Keepers trying a new invention from Australia and feel the items may have been incorrectly Classified.
Also I was to understand there is some relief for Hobby Bee Keepers since 2010 in relationship to buying equipment - can you please help so we can understand what we can expect??
10:16 (8 minutes ago)
Thank you for your email enquiry for wooden beehives with frames as detailed below.
From the information you have supplied in your email, my advice is that the goods would be classified to 4421909790 with the wooden hive considered to be the essential character when they are imported together as a set with the frames. The duty rate is Free (0%) and the standard rate of VAT applies, currently at 20%. As regards the relief for hobby beekeepers, to receive assistance on this matter from HMRC, you need to phone our VAT, Excise and Customs Helpline on 0300 200 3700.
However please note that the code I have supplied is specific to the information you have provided in your email. If your product varies in any way to what has been described, it may be that a different code is applicable. I would therefore suggest you use the free online UK Trade Tariff available on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/trade-tariff to look up any additional codes you may require.
We do our best to provide accurate and up to date tariff classification advice using the information you have provided. Our advice is not legally binding and should be accepted as guidance only.
Legally binding rulings can be obtained by submitting an electronic application via the Government Gateway. Further information on how to submit an application is available from the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/binding-tariff-information-rulings.
For your additional information, details of the duties that are payable at any given time are also set out in the online UK Trade Tariff. Users should read the UK Trade Tariff terms and conditions which explains the legal status of duty rate information.