Import Duty into the USA

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  • 05-01-2019
    tjc
    Import Duty into the USA
    I know there have been threads on import duty for buying online. Looking at a wheelset from the UK costs around $1K USA - does anyone know if the 10% import duty for items over $800 dollars is on the full value amount of purchase ($1,0000) or only for the amount over the $800 ($200)?

    https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-impo...rnet-purchases

    I understand there will also be processing fees.

    Thanks,
  • 05-01-2019
    pmf
    Here's my experience with importing stuff from the UK. I've bought thousands of dollars worth of components, tires, etc. from Ribble. Many packages exceed $800. Never paid any duty. I bought two sets of Campy Neutron wheels that were $650 a set from Ribble. No duty. I bought a Colnago frame from Maestro that was around $2800. I paid duty on that, and a fee. I think it was around $200.

    Frankly, I think its a crap shoot. Big operations like Ribble pass it off to the USPS once it arrives in the U.S. Maestro used DHS from his shop to my home.

    OK ... so I didn't answer you're question, but those are my experiences. If you do get dinged for duty, I'd bet almost anything its for the whole amount. Who are you buying it from? If its someplace like Ribble or Chain Reaction, my bet is that there won't be any duty.
  • 05-01-2019
    Marc
    It all depends on who the shipper is. If it comes USPS or Royal Mail, you might fly under the radar....otherwise FedEx/UPS/DHL will ding you--and expect 20%+ extra on the bill between tariffs and "convenience" "fees" COD.

    Frankly for something like wheels....given warranty/RMA service...buy them in the US, you aren't likely to "save" money.
  • 05-01-2019
    tjc
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Marc View Post
    Frankly for something like wheels....given warranty/RMA service...buy them in the US, you aren't likely to "save" money.

    Yeah, that's the way I was leaning, but PBK just started a sale that's $400 less than anything I can find within the USA. So even at estimated 20%+ fees, it is still a big difference, just trying to weigh the options.
  • 05-01-2019
    nova_rider
    I have purchased several wheelsets from PBK, Ribble, and Merlin, even before they raised the allowance and never had to pay add'l duty. I did order from a shop in Germany and got hit with duty, but it was less than 5% as I recall.
  • 05-01-2019
    pmf
    Frankly, if its almost half off, I'd go for it. I've never heard of anyone warrantying a wheel., so what good will buying it in the U.S. to get some warranty that's probably impossible to collect on anyway?