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Importing a new bike into the US. Any taxes?(3 posts)

Importing a new bike into the US. Any taxes?eoind
Apr 23, 2001 6:37 AM
I am about to buy a new bike, (from my home country within the EU), but will be moving to the US in a couple of months to take up a new job. If I bring my new bike into the US, do I have to declare it to customs and pay any taxes? Or do I just have to indicate that it has been used previously and it is part of my general belongings that I am shipping into the US?

Thanks in advance for any help.
re: Importing a new bike into the US. Any taxes?pmf
Apr 23, 2001 6:51 AM
If you buy a bike and have it shipped into the U.S., there is a 3.9% duty. In your situation, since its part of your personal belongings and is used, there will be no duty.
Apr 25, 2001 12:47 AM
pmf's (hi there) correct, don't worry. However, you will be required to fill out a shipping manifest declaration as part of your sea container shipment. Most countries require that the personal items be owned for a period of time which is usually at least 6 months and the manifest will require you to attest to that fact.

When your sea container arrives at whatever POE in the US nearest to your final destination, it will sit around until it gets cleared by US Customs. Generally speaking they simply review the shipping manifest and clear the container at which point your US shipper delivers your household goods to your home. They may peak into the shipping crate but generally, thats about it.