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Buying a frame in ItalyJeff Greene
Jan 18, 2002 4:31 PM
I'm planning a trip to Italy and am considering buying a bike at a manufacturer's headquarters (either De Rosa or Pinarello). How can I (if possible) avoid having to pay Customs duty on it? What happens if I ship it back to the States?
re: Buying a frame in Italytr
Jan 23, 2002 8:02 PM
Within a month or two after you ship it back you will get a import tax bill from the shipper. You need to check it out sufficiently, because the several times i have dealt with this the shipper will always use the wrong id numbers on the product and overcharge you and assume ignorance until you prove otherwise. You will end up sending them documentation in order to avoid being overcharged on your import tax. I wouldn't let this stop me from getting a good deal on a bike. Go to and check out the area where they have import ids and the percentages the tax should be, i believe the information to be correct.