Do You Want To Ship From The USA To The United Kingdom?

In this guide, you will find all the information needed for the shipping package from the USA to the UK (United Kingdom).

If you are interested in specific sections only, take advantage of our navigation below.

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Country abbreviation: GB
Currency: British Pound Sterling/GBP
Capital: London
Language: English

Shipping Price And Time From The USA To The United Kingdom

Prices for the shipping from the US to the UK are very affordable. For smaller packages, the price starts on dozens of dollars. The estimated postage and delivery time can be calculated using our postage calculator.

Planet Express Postage Calculator

The price of the shipping depends mainly on the dimensions of the package, its weight, and delivery method you choose. To lower the price to a minimum, choose slower delivery methods.

We send the packages to the United Kingdom using carriers such as USPS, DHL, FedEx, Aramex or Planet Mail. The delivery usually takes 3–4 days with express methods and 5 to 10 days with cheaper methods called “Economy”.

Duty & TAX

The following part covers Customs Duty, VAT and Excise Duty.

Customs Duty

You have to pay Customs Duty from a package imported from the US to the UK. The important is the package value that includes:

1. The price paid for the goods
2. Postage, packaging + insurance

Type and value of goods

Anything under £135
Gifts worth £135-£630
Gifts above £630 and merchandise £135

Customs Duty

No charge
2.5%, but rates are lower for some goods*
The rate depends on the type of goods and where they came from*

*Contact UK customs duties helpline.


The VAT needs to be paid too if you import from the US when the following conditions are met:

a) value of package marked as a gift is worth more than £39
b) value of package marked as the merchandise is worth more than £15
c) alcohol, tobacco products and fragrances (eg perfume, eau de toilette, and cologne) of any value

The standard VAT rate is 20% and it is charged from the value including:

1. The price paid for the goods
2. Postage, packaging + insurance
3. Any duty you owe

Excise Duty

If you want to ship products containing alcohol or tobacco, an Excise Duty is charged. Check current Excise Duty rates on the website.

Customs declaration is the responsibility of each customer and must be completed before the package can be shipped. Read our guide on How to fill out the customs declaration.

Prohibitions & Restrictions On Goods Imported To The United Kingdom

There are also prohibitions & restrictions on goods shipped internationally via the air. Each carrier has its own list of prohibited items. So what you cant ship from the USA to the UK? You can read the terms of each carrier under the following links:

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The following items cannot be shipped from the USA to the UK:

Illegal drugsOffensive weaponsSelf-defense sprays
Endangered animal and plant speciesRough diamondsIndecent and obscene materials
Personal imports of meat
and dairy products from most non-EU countries
FirearmsExplosives and ammunition

If you are not sure whether some restrictions apply to goods you want to ship, please visit the UK’s import and export website, review the above terms of each carrier, or contact us at [email protected]

Why Choose Planet Express?

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Useful Information For Purchase And Package Forwarding From The USA To The UK

Read our blog, where we regularly publish tips for different kinds of goods. Also, make sure you visit our following page where you can tutorials on how to order from the most popular US stores.

We deliver to all parts of the United Kingdom – from London to New Castle, Cambridge, Liverpool, Bristol… We cover 100 % of the cities in the UK. And, you can manage everything from the comfort of your home!

Take Advantage Of Some Of Our Other Services

Planet Express is not just about forwarding packages. We also offer our customers additional services such as consolidationfulfillment or Shop For Me service.


Calculate the Postage Price in Advance

You can easily calculate the postage price in advance. Take advantage of our postage calculator. Just fill in some details and you will get an estimate of the price and delivery time.

Calculate the price


Let Us Shop For You

Don’t you have time to shop, or does the business not accept your preferred payment methodTell us what and where you want to buy and we will do the work for you.

Use Shop For Me


Save Up To 80% With Consolidation

f you order more pieces of goods from different stores and you want to save on postage, we recommend using the consolidation serviceYou can save up to 80%.

More about Consolidation

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Do You Have Any Other Wish?

Do you need to scan documents, remove invoices from the package, check the status of the goods, fill customs declaration or something else? Just make a special request.

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Our fulfillment center services are used by those who want to save on storage costs. We offer the opportunity to rent storage space in the California warehouse. In addition, we will handle logistics for you, your only concern being the marketing of your business and the administration. For individual calculation, please contact us at [email protected]

How Does Package Forwarding Work?

Package forwarding from the US to the United Kingdom may sound complicated. But it is easy to understand! Especially with our video below.

Planet Express Package Forwarding Explained