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« on: March 05, 2005, 03:22:08 PM »

I knew as soon as I joined this forum I would have hundreds of questions that I never thought of!
My husband I wish to sell American products via market stall type trading, what do we need to to be legal and is there an easy way to import..the company doesn't export to Europe so my stepdaughter is willing to be our agent on this side of the pond. Any info would be more than we have at present!
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2005, 10:12:57 AM »

Can't help with the importing regulations,but as far as I know,to sell from market stalls one only has to apply to the local council for a traders licence,what the cost of this is I really have no idea,but I would think it would be minimal.
Sorry thats all I know.Best of luck.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2005, 03:44:08 PM »

Here are some links that may help on the subject of importing (shipping, paperwork, tax, duty, etc):
http://www.usembassy.org.uk/fas/import_procedures.htm
http://www.businesslink.gov.uk/bdotg/action/layer?topicId=1073858802&tc=000KW020232027

You'll also need to check that your products are correct for UK sale ... you don't mention what products you're looking at but here arew some links that talk about various product types:
http://www.rbkc.gov.uk/EnvironmentalServices/FoodHygieneandStandards/labelling.asp
http://www.wyrebc.gov.uk/Council_Services/Licensing_Services/Premises,_Person_and_Business_Licensing/Sex_Shops_Licensing/Frequently_Asked_Questions.asp
As both of those latter sites are run by Borough councils ... perhaps a phone call to your local Borough Council or a browse through their website would be a good way to research further.  They can probably help you with market trader licenses too.

Running a business in general - you may need to set up a partnership and keep separate books, or perhaps something else - I'm no great expert.  Failure to do so could mean that the taxman would want to treat all the money you take on the stall as personal income.  Then there's business insurance, employee's right, etc (even if you're the only employee).  I've been searching and came across:
http://www.startups.co.uk/YY57hnE.html
for example ... and I guess there's a lot more on that and other sites.
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2005, 11:28:13 PM »

Thankyou so much for the taking the time to to give me those addresses...I'm setting my husband to the task of doing the research.  Lisa
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