Be aware that if you intend to expand to other EU marketplaces and store inventory there, you will need to go through a similar process for each country (and that will require completing the process in person). Your products will also need packaging in their local languges and you will require help with setting up the taxation related documents (in the local language) and may require local representation for the taxation, as well.
> I read a lot on the forums, and I tried to make step by step guide that will help me avoid mistakes. Can you please help me confirm my dilemmas and please add if something is missing:
> Apply for VAT number
> 1. Apply for a VAT number. If applying in the UK, go to www.gov.uk and follow the links to apply for a VAT number. Do I need to apply for VAT number before I open the account or I can do it after?
You will need to establish an account with the HMRC first. That is like the IRS FEIN. The VAT number happens after that.
> 2. Wait for the VAT registration certificate within 14 working days, though it can take longer.
> Setting Up Your Seller Account
> 3. Once you have your VAT number, you can apply for a new Seller Account in UK marketplace.
> Can I open the FBA account in UK with the same email that I have my US and CA FBA accounts?
DO NOT use the same email address. You will have trouble using Seller Central as the the authentication is shared. Use a new email address (and create a new buyer account).
> 4. Do I need to have my business registered in UK? Maybe I need to do this before I apply for VAT in step 1?
YES. Your business needs to be registered with Companies House. Yes, it should be done BEFORE VAT. The business number generated in that process will be required to create the HMRC account.
> 5. Bank account - Do I need to open bank account in UK? If yes can I do it online or I need to travel there?
You do not need the bank account immediately, but for VAT, it is required within 3 months (by the time of the first filing). You used to be able to do it online, but now, every bank I have encountered requires that you complete the process in person.
> 6. Phone number and UK address. No sure what I will fill in there?
When you register your business, you should also engage the services of a Registered Agent. You would use the mailing address they provide you as your UK legal address. Legal and government documents would sent to that address and would forwarded (or scanned and emailed) to you.
> 7. Tax information - your EIN (or equivalent if you’re not a US entity), and your VAT number.
Your EIN is not required. You would receive a UK tax ID.
> Get to know Amazon UK
> 8. Enroll in FBA in your chosen marketplace. You may have a payout restrictions placed on your account while Amazon goes through the process of further verifying your business registration information.
I think at the present time, your account would be suspended until it is verified. They used to allow accounts to be active at the start, but I believe that has changed because of fraudulent sellers trying to take advantage.
> Apply for EROI number
> 9.Start preparing your inventory for import into UK. To start importing inventory, need to apply for an EROI number. Consider working with a freight forwarder or customs broker to help with the importing & customs process. Some shipping carriers such as DHL offer this service for a fee.
It is called a EORI. You would need that to be able to import. For small shipments, the carrier (DHL, Fedex, UPS) can ususally provide the service. USPS does not provide this service.
For larger shipments (like pallets), check with the carrier which port they would deliver to and if they have a UK customs broker to recommend. Otherwise search for one in that area (online).