Dropshipping and wholesaling in the UK - need advice please

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7 Oct 09 12:31:14 am
I'm thinking of drop shipping in the UK. So, just wanted to know as to whether do we have to pay any excise or tax while drop shipping. Also, could anybody help me out to find the rules and regulations for getting wholesale products in the UK.


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7 Oct 09 12:34:20 am
Hi ajmon,

If you are importing from a wholesaler or manufacturer, the responsibility for Customs documentation and import duties is one of the things you agree upon when negotiating the shipping terms. Most of the time it will be your responsibility to organize Customs clearance and the payment of import duties. This will involve hiring a freight forwarder or customs broker, both of whom will work out how much duty you need to pay and will make sure all the appropriate documentation is filed. You can find lists of freight forwarders/customs brokers in your area by doing a Google search.

e.g. '[California:45628ecd] + freight forwarder'.

For smaller imports you may prefer to use a shipping company such as DHL or UPS. These services will include duties in the overall shipping price.

If you are drop shipping to an international customer, then your customer is responsible for paying any import duties. It is very important that you note this in your auction listing so that the customer is not taken by surprise!

It is also a good idea to check out the Customs rules and regulations for the countries you are going to ship to in advance. Make sure that they actually allow the product to be imported and that duties aren't going to be too expensive.

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