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The United States of America is a vast country. Its 50 states cover such a wide area, that the USA encompasses several different time zones. Your parcel to the USA will clearly be travelling long distances and if there is one thing you can say about the USA, it’s a highly diverse country.

After all, one of the USA states – Hawaii - is, in fact, a series of islands, and this fascinating country includes the snowscapes of Alaska in the north and the famous year-round sunshine of California and Florida in the west and south.

You don’t get more varied than that!

Sending a parcel from the UK to the USA involves special paperwork to obtain permission for it to enter the country.

And particularly if you include Canada in the bigger picture, then sending a parcel over such a long distance is best left to the experts.

ParcelBroker works in partnership with trusted courier services in the USA and Canada, to ensure reliable and careful delivery.

This means that we can provide a door to door service – and immeasurable peace of mind. Our close working relationship with our USA partners also means we have favourable rates, keeping our price to deliver a parcel to the USA highly competitive.

We also make it as easy as possible for you to send your parcel off to the USA, with our handy collection service and simple online booking procedure.

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Do I need to deal with customs when sending from the UK to the USA?

Whatever it is you are sending to the USA, it will require you to fill in some paperwork to ensure it passes safely through USA customs. But this is not as daunting as it may sound, as Parcel Broker can provide the proper forms and guide you through the procedure.

How much does it cost to send a parcel from the UK to the USA?

Probably a lot less than you think! Thanks to the fact we handle so many parcels being shipped to the USA, we have negotiated favourable rates, meaning that you can send a parcel from the UK to the USA for as little as £19.48. We even offer next day delivery to USA and Canada!

How should I address my parcel for delivery to USA?

You need to write the address on the front of the parcel as you would when sending something within the UK.

The biggest difference is that in the USA they use what is known as a ZIP code. This nine digit series is similar to a postcode. It is important that it is added to get your parcel to its US destination smoothly.

The first five digits of the ZIP code are the most important – they specify state and area. But the four digits after the dash are also helpful in pinpointing specific houses or businesses.

How much will I save?

Parcel Weight Parcelforce ParcelBroker Savings
5kg £73.00 £30.64 £42.36 Save 58%
10kg £109.50 £30.64 £78.86
Save 72%
20kg £156.00 £38.81 £117.19
Save 75%

Prohibited Items

What items can I send to the USA?

This is a good question as there are a few restrictions under US legislation.

There is an outright ban on mailing cigarettes and loose tobacco to the US.

Other things that are strictly prohibited include live animals, aerosols, weapons, knives, money, medicines and gases. You can get a more comprehensive list by visiting the US customs website.

You can send foodstuff, but you need to get permission from US customs first. This means you will be issued with a prior notification registration number, which shows you have the right authorisation.

ParcelBroker takes great pride in its cost-effective, reliable and easy-to-use service to safely deliver parcels from the UK to the USA.

Contact us today to take advantage of our prompt and responsive assistance.

Exporting to The United States of America

As you could have guessed, the United States (US) is the largest economy in the world. They are technologically advanced and host a competitive marketplace too. It's the UK's largest export market and the apparently the fourth easiest country to do business with.

Since 2011 the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has seen steady and persistent growth of around 1.8% creating a stable economy. A "Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership" (TTIP) between the US and the EU is currently in negotiation and when in force will make export and import between the economic zones much easier. It plans to reduce duties and bring legislations in line to streamline trade and reduce red tape.

Here are some great reasons you should trade with the USA:

  • It's the biggest market on Earth with the largest private sector.
  • The English language is the primary dialect.
  • Regulatory barriers are low.
  • The USA could provide access to global supply chains to increase export opportunities.
  • The consumer market is innovative, advanced, technical and educated.
  • Business cultures are similar to Europe and the UK.
  • The rule of law is strong.
  • Skilled labour force.

Of course, as with all countries there are some things you need to be careful of, such as:

  • Be aware of regional/cultural differences across the 50 states.
  • Products and services are saturated causing strong competition.
  • Consumers have high expectations from customer service.
  • Time differences between the US and UK can be 5-8 hours behind GMT.
  • Beware of high levels of vexatious litigation (suing culture).
  • Insurance costs are high.
  • Major cities have a high living cost.

Trade info for UK and US

UK export to the US reached £135 billion in 2012. This is was an increase of 3.6% from the previous year. In 2012, 17% of all exports from the UK ended up in the US. The UK is the biggest foreign investor in the US and vice versa. This relationship supports approx. 1 billion jobs in each country. The TTIP agreement mentioned previously could add as much as £10 billion to the UK, £100 billion for the EU and £80 billion for the US annually.

Here's a list of top products the US are importing from the UK (as of 2012):

  • Machinery and transport equipment.
  • Chemical products.
  • Mineral fuels and lubricants.
  • Misc. manufactured goods.
  • Commodities.
  • Tobacco and Alcohol.
  • Food and animals.
  • Crude materials.
  • Animal and vegetable oils, fats and waxes.

VAT in the US and Customs information

The tax system in the US is pretty complicated! Each state regulates its own level of "Sales Tax" rather than VAT. These taxes could be driven by the government, individual state, a county of that state or even a city in a state!

As the US is outside the EU, you'll need to prepare customs documentation to ensure the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can process your goods and charge the correct amount of duty and sales tax to the US importer. Our system helps you create customs documentation during the booking process but you should where possible include as much information as possible including the harmonized tariff code for your products.

To classify your goods, you can use the UK Trade Tariff here:

Your recipient in the US will be liable for any import duty and sales tax levied by US customs. This is because all our export services are sent on a "Delivered at Place" (DAP) incoterm unless otherwise arranged in writing. All our services to the USA include door to door shipping and customs clearance submission by our carriers. Your recipient can choose to nominate their own customs clearance broker who can help them with federal procedures and submit information and payment to CBP if they wish.

To ensure safe and timely transit of your consignment, you should make sure you know which US regulations apply to your products and label your parcels correctly.

Here are some resources for the main federal agencies in the US:

The website has a full list of US federal agencies.