what are the first basic steps I need to take in launching my business idea

Question posted by Denton Angus, on behalf of not yet setup in SE12

the business model is freightforwarder/OCM.......

I intent to facilitate the shipping of goods to jamaica from the UK as well as buy goods from around the world to sell on in jamaica...

what are the legal formalities in the UK i need to consider?

I have already taken a course in Jamaica on Customs Regulation and Documentation and is versed on that side of things.

Where do I start in the UK?

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Julian Ferguson Davie, on behalf of UKTI London in SE1.

A useful source of information is HMRC under Import & Export. Also, your local chamber of commerce may be able to help and last but not least you can contact UK Trade and Investment on http://www.ukti.gov.uk/export.html and and send your question via the online enquiry form.



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David Eales, on behalf of Excel Shipping Limited in Hornchurch.

Dear Denton

We are a freight forwarder based in Essex so if you need help with rates or interested in co loading with us or need rates we can help you get the best market rates so please contact us.

Kind regards
Dave Eales e mail davide@excelshipping.com
Excel Shipping Limited
Tel 01708 515151

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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the UK Customs requirements for exporting are given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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Michael Fachetti, on behalf of United Commerce Solutions in United States.


I see your question is dated and vague, yet received short replies which are obvious. Undoubtably, you're eager to move fwd with some good/profitable ideas, but you're probably spreading yourself thin. If you can inform us of some specifcs we assist better. You'll find there's multiple solutions for the import/export of just one product. Therefore too many, is simply too many.

I'm anxious to hear more about what you have in mind. If you'd like to produce an NDA prior, I'm fine with that. Look fwd to hearing more.


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