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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    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?
    A bit OT from the duty fees issue, but warranty issues do arise. Over the past 5 years I know 3 guys in my regional cycling club (2,000+ members) who have had wheels warrantied here in the US by major brands. About 8 yrs ago I had a MTB frame replaced under warranty, which was no questions asked since I bought from an authorized US dealer. Not sure how these warranty issues would have been handled had the wheels & frame not been purchased from authorized US retailers.

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    Like others, I've ordered large items from PBK, Ribble, Wiggle, Chain Reaction, Evans, and a few others. In all that time, I've only been hit once and it was on a complete bike shipped DHL.

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    yeah, like you you say, I luckily got away with no import duty or processing fees on my wheel order. So I don't know whether the duty would apply to entire amount or just the amount over US$800.

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