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Importing Rice into the UK

We can certainly assist you when you import Rice into the UK. Contact a member of our team for more information.

Before you can import any rice in to the UK, you will need to complete an online CHED-D declaration on the DEFRA’s IPAFFS system. Here is a link to the form:

Download blank CHEDs – Import and export applications – GOV.UK (

*ensure that you select the option to say that it is ‘High risk food and feed of non-animal origin


Classification of Rice – As per the UK Customs online tariff

Before you can find out any information, such as: Duty Rate, VAT rate, Licences, Documentation, Restrictions etc. on any product including Rice, you must first obtain the commodity classification (10-digit) code

The section of the UK Customs Tariff relating to Rice, is section 1006. This splits down the different types of rice as follows:

Code Product
1006 10 Rice in the husk (paddy or rough)
1006 10 10 – For sowing
1006 10 21 – Other


Code Product
1006 20 Husked (brown) rice
1006 20 11 – Parboiled
1006 20 92 – Other


Code Product
1006 30 Semi-milled or wholly milled rice, whether or not polished or glazed
1006 30 21 – Semi-milled rice
1006 30 61 – Wholly milled rice


Code Product
1006 40 Broken rice
1006 00 10 – For the manufact. of food preparations of sub head. 1901 10
1006 00 90 – Other


One of these codes above should relate to your product. To find out more about any of these codes please

Click here to visit our dedicated webpage to commodity classification codes (make a note of your commodity code, from above.


(Q) Do I need an Import Licence to import Rice into the UK?

(A) This may depend on the type and quantity of Rice you are importing. To find out whether you need a licence for your particular type and quantity of Rice, you will need to contact: The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) Import Licencing (T) +44 (0) 3000 200 301 ukimports.



(Q) If I need a licence, can I get a licence which covers multiple shipments?

(A) Nobody can decide that other than you. If you are thinking of having one licence covering several different shipments, then be warned that if the Customs Clearance agent/broker accidently exhausts the whole licence, then this will cause you major problem when importing the remaining rice that was supposed to be covered by that licence. The RPA (mentioned above) should be able to confirm all of this. ukimports


(Q) Food items and VAT – Do I need to pay VAT on Rice?

(A) As per the HM Revenue & Customs Public Notice 701/14 (May 2002), Section 1.3, which covers the VAT Act 1994, it states:

  • Schedule 8, Group 1 specifies when food of a kind is used for human consumption is zero-rated.

Please note: Any food items imported for any other purpose than human consumption may be subject to VAT, so please be sure to check before importing. Also any food being imported for a Commercial purpose, means that you will still need to have an EORI Number.

Click here for further information on the subject of EORI numbers.

Importing Basmati Rice?

If you are looking to import Basmati Rice, did you know that if it is of a certain grade, then with a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ you may be able to claim relief from Import Duty. Check with the Rural Payment Agency (RPA) for more information. ukimports

For more information on importing rice, please feel free to contact a member of our Imports Team, on 0345 309 6360, or email us at:


Importing into the UK?
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Why not see if we can help with paying the excise duty to UK Customs

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