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Bringing in cycling parts from Europe(5 posts)

Bringing in cycling parts from EuropeBoyd
Jul 6, 2003 6:07 PM
Has anyone had experience doing this? If so have you been hit with duties? I am wanting to buy some parts including shoes and a new wheelset, and according to Customs, the shoes are subject to 5% duty. It makes a big difference at the end of the day if I do end up paying. Any advice?

I've done it with other sporting goods.Atombomber
Jul 6, 2003 6:23 PM
You might be able to get away with not paying duties and sales taxes (if applicable) by having the shop mail it directly to you as a 'Gift', wink wink. Worked when I had ski related products shipped from Austria.
re: Bringing in cycling parts from EuropeBruno S
Jul 6, 2003 7:38 PM
my in laws bring me presents all the time (including shoes) and have never paid taxes. I wouldn't worry at all, you can claim them as gifts. Also you can bring as many used shoes as you want. Take them out of the box, walk around in the hotel room for 1 minute and pack them.
re: Bringing in cycling parts from Europekgg
Jul 6, 2003 8:15 PM
Just brought a whole bike, shoes, helmet, and some clothes from Italy. I declared it all on the customs, but they didn't make me pay anything. Since they've got my address they could always bill me, but I doubt they will. On the other hand, we had some ceramics shipped, and they did make UPS pay customs charges, which they passed on to us.
throw away tagsshamelessgearwhore
Jul 7, 2003 8:01 AM
Once it's used, there's no way to tell you bought it in Europe. Get rid of the shoebox, and other packaging. Say your friend gave you his bike parts because they didn't fit his bike or something. They don't know sh!t. Exchange rate is REALLY bad right now though. Unless you're buying something unique, I wouldn't bother.