TheUnited Kingdom‘s 2018 population is 66.57 million according to the most recent UN estimates. Each year in June, the Office for National Statistics releases an updated estimate based on migration and fertility statistics. The last full UK census was carried out in 2011, showing a population of 63,181,775, up from 2001’s census figure of 58,789,194. The UK is the world’s 21st largest country by population. The United Kingdom is currently growing at a rate of .61% per year. The United Kingdom includes four nations, England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. Each nation has their own major cities that contribute to the population and demographics of the United Kingdom. London is the capital of the country, with 7,556,900 living within its boundaries.

Glasgow in Scotland has a population of 591,620.Everyone knows that English is the most widely spoken language in the UK, but it is far from the only language spoken there. According to the 2011 Census, there are over 4 million people living in the UK who do not speak English as their first, or primary, language. And, in fact, nearly 140,000 residents of the UK do not speak English at all. In England and Wales, the most widely spoken language after English is Polish.

Until the middle of the 20th Century, marriage was the standard for British families which comprised two parents with the father as the head of the household. However, in the last few decades, there has been a rise in single parent families and many more couples are choosing to co-habit rather than to marry.  Half a century ago, living together would have been socially unacceptable and was known as ‘living in sin’.  Divorce at one time was also unthinkable but in the last few decades it has become more acceptable. marriage too is changing with same sex couples now permitted to marry in law or enter into Civil Partnerships. Although in the last few decades, there has been some reported instability in family life regarding single motherhood and marital breakdown family relationships continue to be close with two thirds of the population living in close proximity to immediate family and extended family. There remains a commitment for younger family to take care of elderly relatives. Mobility in the workforce has changed in the last decade so that many younger people live some distance from close family but kinship relationships continue to be close with regular communication and family reunions.

London Gatwick Airport Handling more than 24 million passengers in the year leading to August, London Gatwick Airport is the second busiest airport in the UK in 2013.The airport was initially owned by the British Airports Authority, but ownership was transferred to Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP) in December 2009 and it is now operated by Gatwick Airport Limited (Gatwick).The airport serves 45 airlines connecting 197 international destinations in 90 countries, as well as 12 domestic destinations. The airport is about 48km from London and features the world’s busiest single runway. The airport features 346 check-in desks and 115 aircraft stands. It employs 23,500 people on site in addition to generating 20,000 indirect jobs and approximately £2bn revenue to the economy of London and the South East on an annual basis.

The Port of Felixstowe is Britain’s biggest and busiest container port, and one of the largest in Europe. The port handles more than 4million TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) and welcomes approximately 3,000 ships each year, including the largest container vessels afloat today – crucially, the port provides some of the deepest water close to the open sea of any European port. Around 17 shipping lines operate from Felixstowe, offering 33 services to and from over 700 ports around the world. Together with its unrivalled rail and road links connecting the port to distribution hubs in the Midlands and elsewhere in the UK, Felixstowe plays a pivotal role in keeping the UK’s trade moving, and delivers real benefits to customers, the community and the industry.

HM customs & revenue will no longer accept a C3 customs Form for personal effects

As of the 1st of April 2017, HM customs & revenue will no longer accept a HMC&R C3 customs Form as standard process for the clearance of personal effects for persons transferring residency to the UK from outside the EU.

An application will now need to be made prior to sailing using the below link to obtain a unique declaration number, which will need to be listed on the bill of lading at the time of sailing.

* It is advised that when completing the application, this should be saved as a PDF form and emailed to (the applicant should also include their email address for further communication to speed up the process)

Failure to complete this application will be result in the c’nee being responsible for paying full customs duties & taxes on their cargo. If the c’nee fails to complete this application, or is unwilling to pay duties / taxes, this will result in their cargo being seized and destroyed without notice.

The same application will need to be made for any persons transferring their private motor vehicle to the UK.

For custom rules and regulations please click here

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