Importing Japanese knives into the UK
Importing knives into the UK from Japan
Shipping with Knife Japan is free for all orders and all destinations. If you’re resident in the UK it’s important to know that you’ll pay an additional sum to receive your knife.
As a UK resident, your overseas online purchases are subject to VAT and UK carrier handling fees when they arrive. Imports valued at over £135 are also subject to customs duty.
All chef's knives imported into the UK from Japan, via the international postal system or by courier delivery, are subject to tax and carrier fees.
What will you be required to pay once your order reaches the UK?
Upon arrival in the United Kingdom your delivery will be assessed for customs duty and VAT by HM Revenue and Customs.
Customs duty is levied on goods with an import value of over £135. Knives imported from Japan qualify for the preferred rate of 1.4%. (You can check on the latest duty rate for Japanese knives here.)
An advance payment fee will be applied by the delivery company, which covers costs associated with their prepayment of your VAT and customs duty (if applicable). DHL Express applies a fee of £11. The Parcelforce Worldwide fee (for express mail items) is £13.50. The fee for a registered airmail parcel delivered by Royal Mail is £8, but at present there's a pandemic-related suspension on registered airmail from Japan to the UK.
VAT of 20% is paid on the combined total of purchase price, shipping, insurance, customs duty and carrier fee.
Let's cut to the chase. If your purchase with Knife Japan is £100 and sent by DHL Express then you can expect to pay an additional £33.20 (£11.00 plus £22.20 VAT). If sent by Japan Post EMS Express (processed and delivered by Parcelforce Worldwide) then the total would be £36.20, or an additional £29.60 if your order is sent by registered mail.
If your purchase is valued at £150 you would pay customs duty of 1.4%. With DHL Express then you can expect to pay an additional £45.72, an extra £48.72 with Japan Post EMS or an additional £42.12 if your order is sent by registered mail.
If you’re a VAT registered business and have purchased your knife for use in your business, you can keep the outer wrapper including the customs charge label, customs declaration and invoice from Knife Japan to support your claim to input tax.
One final thing to note, your delivery will require the signature of an adult.
If you have any questions about our products or how we can deliver them to you in the UK, please drop us a line using the form below.