Customs duty on a frame imported from USA?

snoogly

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Oct 14, 2007
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After an 8 month wait my custom-build steel MTB frame is at last on its way to me from the USA. Does anyone have any idea what the import duty will be? - just a frame.

Price is .... gulp ..... $1,500, so I imagine the duty will be quite a lot.
 

Wolfman

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Jul 31, 2007
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Not too steep

Congratulations!

Bought a new bike from Europe a couple of months ago. Not sure of exact price in dollars but around the 4k mark - for the full bike. I had expected about 5 man so was very pleased when the guy phoned me and said I'd have to pay 12,000 import tax. :warau:
 

Phil

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Anyone else think that duties seem to be randomly applied to overseas online purchases? I'm sure there are rules somewhere, but I've yet to divine them.

Glad to hear you got away with so little, Lee. I'm going to be ordering a new bike from the States soon, so I too am all agog to find out how much Mister Zeikan's cut will be.

(Possibly irrelevant, but when I bought the Sequoia during a trip back home to Canada last year, the limit was $2000 of duty free, and anything above that would be charged 15%.)
 

WhiteGiant

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Nov 4, 2006
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Frame...

I s'pose most of the readers have seen my bike.
I purchased the frame on "e-bay" for US$400, and the delivery charge was US$200 - all up 60,000 yen!
I don't think I was charged import duties.
Still, $200 seemed a little steep at the time!
pic from the original "e-bay" file!
 

thomas

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Nov 1, 2005
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Anyone else think that duties seem to be randomly applied to overseas online purchases? I'm sure there are rules somewhere, but I've yet to divine them.
I'm with Phil on this one. I have ordered two frames from the U.S. and never had to pay any import duty in Japan. Knockin' on wood... ;)
 
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evan06

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Jul 23, 2007
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Why not ask one of the military riders on the board to see if you can ship the bike via US Postal Service to the base and avoid duties period. If I were in Japan I would offer up the service but unfortunately I won't get there (Yokosuka) until the end of August.

James
 
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Why not ask one of the military riders on the board to see if you can ship the bike via US Postal Service to the base and avoid duties period. If I were in Japan I would offer up the service but unfortunately I won't get there (Yokosuka) until the end of August.

James
Technically illegal, and honestly I'd only do it if I knew the person (not someone I'd just met). It would have to be shipped in their name.
 

snoogly

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Being kept on tenterhooks ~ still no delivery knocking at the door. Maybe he is planning a wild weekend in Thailand with the money he knows he's going to collect from me ....
 

evan06

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Jul 23, 2007
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Phil,

I see there will be another person riding a Ridley frame. I noticed too that you ordered from Competitive Cyclist, a great option for ordering top of the line frames online.

I just ordered a Ridley Damocles complete build which I will send via the US Postal service in a Trico Iron case for about $80...beats sending FedEx or UPS that would have run close to $1000 just in shipping. Then tack on the customs duty. But by going USPS I will not have to pay the customs duty...whew, considering the bike cost me close to $5k.

James