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May 8, 2002 2:49 PM
I just got a bill from DHL for custom duties? Is this something new? I got something from a spaniar web page!Why are they collecting for duties,,enybody had seminar situtation?
May 8, 2002 2:52 PM
It's a law....Dave Hickey
May 8, 2002 3:20 PM
Anything purchased from overseas is subject to customs duty. The duty varies depending on what you've imported. A company like DHL or FedEX are always going to charge duty( if the goods are subject to duty). The USPS should but doesn't always collect duty.
May 8, 2002 6:08 PM
SO if I dont send them the money I dont get my stuff? Is that the deal? Wowww
WHAT?Dave Hickey
May 8, 2002 6:13 PM
DHL is just passing along duties that are owed to the US Customs Service. YOU actually owe US Customs, DHL is just paying customs on your behalf.
small correctionJohnG
May 8, 2002 6:50 PM
under $200 ===> no duty regardless of type of item. Also, certain items are totally exempt: Component "groups" are one example.

small correction...........Dave Hickey
May 9, 2002 3:48 AM
I intentionally tried to not be specific. It depends on how the goods are sent and what is their use. Goods mailed from overseas for "personal use" are duty free if they are less than $200. If they are labeled "gifts" they are duty free only if they are less than $100. If you are overseas on a trip and bring the goods back with you, it depends on the origin of the country the goods were purchased. If you live in Canada, ignore all of the above. You have a completely different set of regulations.