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Customs Tariff Question(3 posts)

Customs Tariff QuestionVelojon
Jul 10, 2003 3:05 AM
I purchased a super bike for a killer deal over the I-net. The bike was sold from a shop in the U.K. When it arrived I wound up having to write a check to the postal courier for $350 for a "customs charge". When I wrote and asked the shop in the U.K., they said they've sold many bikes to folks in the U.S. in the past and have never had this problem before. Any ideas if I can beat this, or is this the norm. I don't know if customs charges are normal for business-to-customer transactions or if they are meant for business-to-business transactions. Any ideas?
You owe the duties but.....Dave Hickey
Jul 10, 2003 3:35 AM
What you imported determines how much you pay. Did you import a complete bike? I've imported frames where I had to pay duty and other times the USPS forgot. The import duty for frames is 3.9%. I'm not sure what the complete bike duty is. Unfortunately, you got a good postal inspector.
Last I looked it was 10% on complete bikesB2
Jul 10, 2003 8:55 AM
That's why most of the UK dealers will recommend that you buy the bike unassembled. They also will recommend that you use your place of business as the shipping address. for some reason the duty seems to be much less of an issue when shipping to a business.

Bottom line is that it's a hit and miss type of deal. Sometimes you have to pay duty and sometimes you don't.