Looking at purchasing some painted wooden chopping boards as gifts for family. Travelling from Australia to the UK. Anyone know if there is an issue with this?
Travellers can bring non-alcohol and tobacco goods into the UK worth up to £390 (e.g. perfume and electrical goods) without paying duty and/or tax in the UK. The goods must be for your own use or as gifts. Anything over this amount must be declared.
There are some restrictions on importing plants and plant products. Whether these apply to your intended gifts will likely depend eg on the type of wood, how it has been processed/packaged etc. It’s not easy to negotiate and understand the various sources of information; I would recommend:
- if in doubt, declare the items
- don’t bring non commercially packaged items
Example (there may be others): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/import-wood-wood-products-or-bark