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Bringing commercial goods into Great Britain in your baggage
Find out what you need to do when importing commercial goods into Great Britain in your accompanied baggage or small vehicle.
Commercial goods also known as Merchandise in Baggage are goods (to sell or use in your business) where:
a commercial transport operator does not carry them for you or you do not pay them to carry them for you
you’ve travelled to Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) carrying goods either in:
your accompanied baggage
a small vehicle that can carry up to no more than 9 people and weighing 3.5 tonnes or less
From 1 July 2021, you will need to submit a safety and security declaration to HMRC, if you are carrying your goods in a goods vehicle, such as a van, and the goods are either:
- over a value of £1500
- subject to excise duty or a restriction on import or export
You must declare all commercial goods. There is no duty free allowance for goods you are bringing in to sell or use in your business.
You do not need to make an import declaration if you’re bringing commercial goods in your baggage from Northern Ireland into Great Britain.