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Importing Blu-rays from the US

Use our search box above to compare prices in UK pounds for Blu-ray discs and box sets released in the US. Blu-ray discs from the US are in the Region A zone but not every disc is region locked so many will play on regular UK Blu-ray players. Finding out which discs are region free and which are locked is made easier by checking first with some useful websites opposite.

Importing Blu-rays Checklist
  • Use Blu-ray.com Search to check if region locked.
  • Order under £18 exc. P&P? No VAT/Duty charges :-)
  • Over £18? Use Duty Calculator to estimate charges.
  • But you may get lucky & receive no customs charges.
  • Check Blu-ray Collections to compare UK prices.
  • Enjoy your region free Blu Ray Disc or box set!

£18 is the Magic Number

Yes, there is a downside to buying your Blu-ray disc from the U.S. - import duties...

The Government website that's meant to explain VAT & Duty isn't the clearest (and displays all wonky in Firefox) so we'll try and decipher what you can expect if you're importing Blu-rays from the US.

If you're order is less than £18 before you add any shipping costs (though some merchants wrongly include shipping in the total) then you won't get hit with any VAT or customs charges at all. Yipee!

For the rest of us ordering more expensive box sets or several blu-ray discs in one order then the £18 duty threshold will be crossed and we could be in line for some charges which we'll explain next.

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Working out Extra Charges

So your order's over £18 how do you work out exactly what you might end up paying in total?

Well it is possible that your order might get through customs without any charges at all. In the past we've bought a region 1 DVD box set from Amazon.com that cost well over £40 yet it arrived without any extra charges or duties.

If you don't get lucky then expect to pay VAT at 17.5% of your total order (including P&P) as well as import duty if the value is over £120 (although duty is waived if the amount of duty is less than 7). You could also end up paying an expensive £8 handling fee from the Royal Mail. No fun.

We recommend Duty Calculator to work out the numbers for you and the good news is it's free to use.

Region A or Region Free?

Once your prized Blu-ray discs have arrived to UK shores you'll probably want to play them.

Assuming you checked that your disc is region free by using the excellent Blu-ray region check search tool then you should be able to play it on your PS3 or dedicated Blu-ray player.

There is a growing trend of Blu-ray players that can be chipped to allow them to effectively be multi region - see this Amazon thread an interesting discussion on it.

Bear in mind that any altering of your BD player through chipping will nullify your warranty so proceed with caution only. Or why not check out MultiRegionMagic for some multiregion Blu-ray players.

 



Blu-ray Regions Map

Blu-ray Regions Map

Region A: America, Japan, Korea, South East Asia
Region B: Greenland, Europa, Africa, Middle East, Australia, New Zealand
Region C: China, India, Russia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Central, and South Asia.