I import Plastic Military Spec Septer 20L Jerry Cans from the USA. I use Schenker Logistics in Bournemouth.
There are a standard number of charges you pay for the privilage. All must be taken into account when doing your sums. This is a real time example of charges for the import of a Jerry can order valued at £614.00
UK Customs Duty - £39.62
Fuel Surcharge - £42.00 (Based on weight (as I was flying fresh air an engine may well incur a higher cost.)
Deferment Charge - £15.00
Customs Clearence Charge - £30.00
Airline Handling - £28.00 (Getting Off the Plane)
Delivery Service - £22.50 ((To Bonded wearhouse)
VAT - £113.61 (This can be reclaimed as imput tax if
Delivery to your dealer - £60.00
Total £340 ish
Obviously there are economies of scale to apply but there are numerous hidden charges, hence when people look at web sites for prices of items in US dollars they look very cheap in light of the strong pound, however the charges are in GBP and thus nosaving here. The cans retail in the US for aprox £22.00 but to break even I need to sell at £33.50 and I retail at £39.99 so not much margin there....