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Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please Reply(17 posts)

Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please Replyfire737
Nov 8, 2001 8:57 AM
I was wondering how much import tax or duty fees would be or if anything else is added to the purchase price. I will only have an order for less than $100 dollars. If you have any clue please reply.
Depends on what you are purchasing...RS
Nov 8, 2001 9:16 AM
this link provides some info on US customs duty.

also check

Good Luck
re: Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please Replymickey-mac
Nov 8, 2001 9:22 AM
I've made orders from Italy, Ireland, and England in amounts from $56.00 to $200.00 and haven't been charged a penny for customs or duties.
No import duties or taxes in my experience.RhodyRider
Nov 8, 2001 9:33 AM
I just bought a set of Look pedals from in N. Ireland (they arrived via FedEx in 3 days time!) I only paid for the product and shipping, no other fees applied. There will be a commercial invoice and customs declaration included which will itemize your charges.
(FWIW, totalcycling is the best deal out there on PP396 pedals - US$82.50 ).
re: Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please ReplyTiger
Nov 8, 2001 9:38 AM
I too have ordered from totalcycling and had a good experience. Obviously, the shipping is higher, but the price more than makes up the difference. No tax on the orders, so that makes it nice.
re: Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please ReplyDave Hickey
Nov 8, 2001 10:22 AM
I've purchased from, Totalcycling, and a couple others in the UK. In my experience, if your order is less than $100, you probably won't get charged duty. I've ordered LOOK pedals and not gotten charged duty. The only items I've been charged duty on is frames and forks.
Please remember, the post office can charge duty on bike parts, they just don't bother on smaller items.
Here are the duty ratesDave Hickey
Nov 8, 2001 10:25 AM
Reference Suffix Item Description Rate Of Duty
8714.91.20 00
Frames/ forks valued over $600 3.9%

8714.92.10 00
Wheel Rims 5%

8714.92.50 00
Spokes 10%

8714.93.05 00
Alloy quick release hubs 0%

8714.93.70 30
Freewheel Sprockets 0%

8714.94.30 20
Caliper brakes 0%

8714.95.00 00
Saddles 8%

8714.96.10 00
Pedals 8%

8714.96.50 00
Cotterless cranks 0%

8714.99.10 00
Gear levers 0%

8714.99.50 00
Deraileurs and parts thereof 0%

8714.99.60 00
Bicycle stems and headsets 0%
Thanks for digging those out! nmjagiger
Nov 8, 2001 3:18 PM
Some Questions about paying DutyTJohn
Nov 8, 2001 3:50 PM
who do you pay it to and when??? Does a bill from the IRS come to you?? When do you report the purchase, immediately after buying it or during tax time??? Thanks.
Some Questions about paying DutyCT1
Nov 8, 2001 10:00 PM
I get a bill from the shipper. I always pay it promptly as I figure they will jack me on my next delivery if I get on a deadbeat list.

Over $11K in overseas purchases this year alone.
Some Questions about paying DutyDave Hickey
Nov 9, 2001 6:14 AM
In my case, Every compaay I used shipped via Parcel Force. Parcel Force uses the US Post office for deliveries in the US. When the mailman delivers, they collect the duty.
re: Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please ReplyMe Dot Org
Nov 8, 2001 10:33 AM
I got a great set of wheels from Sdeals in Britain. I also bought a lot of tires (or, for you Brits, tyres). The wheels to a little time to build, but they are absolute tank-strong. The tyres came right away. Good Service. No problems with customs or duties. Make sure you buy enough to justify the shipping costs.

Shoes are also a tremendous value in Britain.
re: Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please Replybikerduder
Nov 8, 2001 11:27 AM
Ditto on Total Cycling in Ireland. Great prices, no duty, fast shipping. I ordered parts from Nashbar, Performance and Total Cycling on the same day - TC beat the others by two days! You can also get accessories not available from most other US cycling sites, such as full selection of seat colors and tires. Conti GP 3000 tires available in full colors offered at almost 1/2 the price, plus free tube. Same experience as above on Look P396 pedals, price was 1/2 of any available in US. Shipping charges way offset by savings.
re: Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please ReplyGRK
Nov 8, 2001 2:38 PM
I bought a Pinarello Frame and some odds/edns ($1,500). NO duty taxes at all.
not only!filtersweep
Nov 8, 2001 2:50 PM
In addition, if you live in the US, you don't pay the VAT! And unlike traveling, there are no forms to fill out. I've had GREAT experiences with total cycling.
re: Anyone made a purchase overseas? Please Replymackgoo
Nov 8, 2001 5:12 PM
I have been buying things from Britain lately, (they have the cheapest price's for campy stuff by almost 30%) any way I have not paid anything extra, this incudes no VAT.
no US duty for purchases < $200 nmCT1
Nov 8, 2001 9:58 PM