United Kingdom - Country Commercial Guide
Import Requirements and Documentation
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An import license is not needed to import the majority of industrial goods into the UK. However, some industrial goods require import licenses issued by the Department for Business & Trade’s Import Licensing Branch (ILB) as a result of controls imposed at the national or United Nations level. ILB publicizes these restrictions by issuing Notices to Importers. The Department for Business & Trade provides further guidance on import controls.

There are numerous goods currently subject to import controls, whether because they are banned, subject to quotas or where the import is monitored with licenses. Examples of goods currently banned include offensive weapons (i.e., switch blades), self-defense sprays (i.e., pepper spray) and rough diamonds. The import of firearms is subject to monitoring.

For a step-by-step guide on having goods imported into the UK, please visit HMG’s Importing Goods Checklist.