Global shipping and UK Customs Broker

Local rate from UK Landlines

Bringing a vehicle into the UK?

Let us help you with the shipping of your vehicle.

We can clear goods at all the major UK Ports & Airports

Classifying your vehicle

The UK Customs tariff divides vehicles of all shapes, sizes and purpose, based on the following:

87 Vehicles other than tram and other rolling stock, and parts and accessories thereof

Code Vehicle
8701 Tractors
8702 Motor vehicles designed to carry 10 persons or more
8703 Motor vehicles designed to carry 10 persons or less
8704 Motor vehicles designed to carry goods
8705 Special purpose motor vehicles
8706 Chassis fitted with an engine
8707 Bodies (including cabs)
8708 Parts and accessories 8701-8705
8709 Works trucks, self-propelled
8710 Tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles
8711 Motorcycles (including mopeds)
8712 Bicycles and other cycles
87013 Carriages for disabled persons
8714 Parts and accessories for vehicles 8711-8713
8715 Baby carriages and parts thereof
8716 Trailers

88 Aircraft, Spacecraft and parts thereof

Code Vehicle
8801 Balloons and gliders
8802 Other aircraft, including Helicopters, aeroplanes and spacecraft (including satellites)
8803 Parts of goods for 8801-8802
8804 Parachutes
8805 Aircraft launching gear

89 Ships, Boats and Floating Structures:

Code Vehicle
8901 Cruise ships, cargo ships and barges, for the carriage of goods or persons
8902 Fishing vessels
8903 Yachts and other vessels for pleasure, including row boats and canoes
8904 Tugs and pusher craft
8905 Light vessels including floating cranes and dredgers
8906 Other vessels including warships and life boats
8907 Floating structures including rafts, tanks, buoys and dams
8908 Vessels and other floating structures for breaking up

Some vehicles’ classification is not quite so clear, such as with Pick up trucks.

Pick-up Trucks – Is it a car or a commercial vehicle?
Nowadays it is not unusual for people to purchase pick-up trucks or vans for their own personal use, as opposed to commercial use.

However, due to the fact that these vehicles have the capability to be used for commercial use means that UK Customs classifies these under separate parts in their tariff, as follows:

1. 8704 “Motor vehicles for the transport of goods”

2. 8703 “Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 8702), including station wagons and racing car”

So, which one is yours going to be classified as?

Pick up Trucks:
(Tariff Notice 06/07)

Pick up trucks are generally classified under 8704 – Motor Vehicles for the transport of goods, which carries a Customs duty rate of 22%.

That said, Customs acknowledge that more and more pick up trucks are being imported by Private Individuals, they have therefore issued this Notice to allow any pick up trucks where the inner length at the floor of the area for transport of goods is no more than 50% of the length of the wheelbase of the vehicles, to be classified under 8703 – Motor cars and other motor vehicles principally designed for the transport of persons (other than those of heading 8702), including station wagons and racing cars, which carries a Customs duty rate of 10%.

For Pick up trucks to qualify for classification under 8703 (as a car), proof must be provided by way of a copy of the vehicle specification sheet, showing clear measurements.

Click here to see an example of a specification sheet. ukimports

Please note: Regardless of load space, vehicles with two or more rear axles will be classified under 8704. ukimports

For more information on importing cars, motorcycles, boats, pick-ups or any other motor vehicle, please feel free to contact a member of our Imports Team, on 0845 309 6360, or email us at: enquiries@ukimportservices.com.

UK Import Services Ltd is not responsible for any content or advice given in any external site and we are not endorsing or promoting any product or company referred to on our site.

Popular Pages

Importing into the UK?
Contact us to see if we can help you.

Why not see if we can help with paying the excise duty to UK Customs

UK Import Services Limited
Global Shipping and UK Customs Broker

PO Box 832
Rainham
Kent
ME8 1DQ
United Kingdom

Designed by UK Imports, Coded by By Boom Solutions

 

© 2018 UK Import Services Ltd - All rights reserved

Disclaimer: UK Import Services Ltd is not responsible for any content or advice given in any external site and we are not endorsing or promoting any product or company referred to on our site.

Click here to send a quick message to a member of our Team.

Please enable JavaScript in your browser to complete this form.
Name