5. Declaring goods to customs

You must tell customs (known as ‘declaring’) on arrival in the UK if you have goods:

Use the red channel at customs if you have something to declare.

If there’s no red channel, use the red-point phone to declare goods to customs.

You and your baggage can be checked for anything that must be declared.

You may be asked to:

  • pay tax or duty
  • give up banned goods
  • produce documents for restricted goods, eg licences and permits

If you don’t do what you’re asked, your goods and any vehicle you use to transport them may be seized.