Obtain an EORI number before you start importing to avoid import clearance delays. It will usually be your VAT number with three additional numbers at the end
Use the HMRC Tariff to determine what rates of import tax will apply to goods you purchase from overseas
An import entry consists of a C88 and an E2. You will need to supply the clearing agent with information to complete this to ensure it is accurate. You will be liable for the content.
We recommend you use clearing agents who hold AEO status, which means their procedures are approved by HMRC
Ensure you obtain a commercial invoice and packing list, along with any import licences, certificates of origin or other product specific documentation
Weigh up the pros and cons of paying import taxes via an agent or through your own deferment account