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Paying an import duty on bike sh!t?(8 posts)

Paying an import duty on bike sh!t?morrison
Feb 11, 2002 3:17 PM
have any of you U.S. residents had to do this? i ordered a bunch of stuff from our northern neighbors and was advised that i may have to pay a duty if it is determined the stuff is not Canadian mfrd. If it is Canadian, then it comes in sans duty b/c of NAFTA.

What I ordered was a frame and components; wondering if I should have everything built up before it is sent so that at least it will be Canadian assembled?

any thoughts?
serves you rightsucka
Feb 11, 2002 3:36 PM
for not supporting LBS
huh? my lbs referred me to this outfit. nmmorrison
Feb 11, 2002 3:42 PM
easy thereslowpokewonder
Feb 11, 2002 8:45 PM
Easy there.

Don't be passing judgement.

Supporting local bike shop? My LBS is Supergo. I hardly consider them to be a local bike shop. Is Home Depot a local hardware store? Yeah I didn't think so.

Anyways their price (Supergo, not Home Depot) for an Ultegra group is $675.
Abici Bikes online is selling the same group for $465.
I am a father of two kids and need to watch my money. Is my local bike shop going to pay my rent for me? No, but the $200 plus savings will help pay for rent. Abici is not a foriegn dealer, based here in Califnornia.

So don't be so quick to pass judgement on people for not supporting the LBS.

This lad's only mistake is that he didn't do all the research on what's buying abroad entailed. You can nail someone for not doing all their homework, but I think it's unfair for nailing someone for saving money.
its a shame you got stung for duties..secourir
Feb 11, 2002 4:27 PM
especially as you were trying to go cheap on the fixed gear thing.

have you sorted out all the other parts for the build?
wheels, gearing etc etc????
Yes, and I have not yet been stung . . .morrison
Feb 11, 2002 7:14 PM
I am hoping that through proper characterization of the product, I will avoid that. Even so . . . it is only 13%, and at the price I'm getting, I can eat that w/out too much gastrointestinitis. I am going 42-15, surly flip flop (brand new), brooks saddle, etc. I'm VERY excited about this thing! Thanks for asking

re: Paying an import duty on bike sh!t?tr
Feb 11, 2002 4:44 PM
go to www.totalcycing and you can see what you should have to pay on certain items. On components it should almost be nothing. The shipping companies always assume ignorance until proven otherwise. They try to charge a flat and high rate and think they can get away with it. You will have to call them on it the way i have twice.
Yeah ... Liepmf1
Feb 12, 2002 5:07 AM
I know that the duty on a frame is 3.9%, which is less than sales tax in most states ... big deal. And its on the declared value. I had two C-40 frames imported and stated that the value was $1800 for both. If you're really worried about it, just low ball the value. Its not like any customs agent has a clue as to what a bike costs. I suspect its the same with components. Either way, you're not talking about much money here.