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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
|Motor vehicles designed to carry 10 persons or more
|Motor vehicles designed to carry 10 persons or less
|Motor vehicles designed to carry goods
|Special purpose motor vehicles
|Chassis fitted with an engine
|Bodies (including cabs)
|Parts and accessories 8701-8705
|Works trucks, self-propelled
|Tanks and other armoured fighting vehicles
|Motorcycles (including mopeds)
|Bicycles and other cycles
|Carriages for disabled persons
|Parts and accessories for vehicles 8711-8713
|Baby carriages and parts thereof
88 Aircraft, Spacecraft and parts thereof
|Balloons and gliders
|Other aircraft, including Helicopters, aeroplanes and spacecraft (including satellites)
|Parts of goods for 8801-8802
|Aircraft launching gear
89 Ships, Boats and Floating Structures:
|Cruise ships, cargo ships and barges, for the carriage of goods or persons
|Yachts and other vessels for pleasure, including row boats and canoes
|Tugs and pusher craft
|Light vessels including floating cranes and dredgers
|Other vessels including warships and life boats
|Floating structures including rafts, tanks, buoys and dams
|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: email@example.com.
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