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    US Tariff on EU-made bikes

    Has anyone recently purchased a bike online from EU to be shipped to US? I am looking at a great deal on Colnago C64 from an authorized dealer in EU to be shipped to US. I am curious about what would be the tariff percentage I would have to pay after it clears US Customs.

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    $0 if you can convince the seller to add "commercial sample" to the customs declaration.

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    Thank you. I hope I can. I wonder what the % would be if I can't. The incomplete bike is $4,650 (no wheels) shipped to US.

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    Been buying from UK/EU for nearly 10 yrs and have only been hit with tariff once. What I can recommend is avoid using commerical courier like FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. and use local postal service, if possible. My working theory is that customs clearing is revenue for commerical couriers, so they make sure this is done if the declared value exceeded the exemption amount. This does not appear to be the case when shipped via local postal service (Royal mail, Deutsche Post, etc.) they seem to let the destination country decides if a duty is assessed. Again, this is my theory, so don't quote me on it.

    I believe ~3% (amount over $800) is a good number to use for the duty imposed, if assessed.

    Here's the official US CBP link: https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-impo...rnet-purchases

    Good luck!

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    I bought a Colnago Arabesque frame and fork from a dealer in the UK (Maestro). I recall paying $2800 for it. It got stuck in U.S. customs. The UPS delivery guy said I had to pay an importer's fee -- I guess someone acted as an importer. I think the fee was around $250 and UPS said they would not deliver the package until I wrote them a check. It was made out to some person. The guy at Maestro said it was the import duty and the importer's fee. I've ordered tons of other bike related stuff from the UK -- components groups, wheels, clothes, tires, tubes, etc. -- and never paid an import duty on any of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nova_rider View Post
    Been buying from UK/EU for nearly 10 yrs and have only been hit with tariff once. What I can recommend is avoid using commerical courier like FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. and use local postal service, if possible. My working theory is that customs clearing is revenue for commerical couriers, so they make sure this is done if the declared value exceeded the exemption amount. This does not appear to be the case when shipped via local postal service (Royal mail, Deutsche Post, etc.) they seem to let the destination country decides if a duty is assessed. Again, this is my theory, so don't quote me on it.

    I believe ~3% (amount over $800) is a good number to use for the duty imposed, if assessed.

    Here's the official US CBP link: https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-impo...rnet-purchases

    Good luck!
    Thank you, @nova_rider. I will use USPS and see what is the outcome!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmf View Post
    I bought a Colnago Arabesque frame and fork from a dealer in the UK (Maestro). I recall paying $2800 for it. It got stuck in U.S. customs. The UPS delivery guy said I had to pay an importer's fee -- I guess someone acted as an importer. I think the fee was around $250 and UPS said they would not deliver the package until I wrote them a check. It was made out to some person. The guy at Maestro said it was the import duty and the importer's fee. I've ordered tons of other bike related stuff from the UK -- components groups, wheels, clothes, tires, tubes, etc. -- and never paid an import duty on any of it.
    @pmf, thank you! Arabesque is a beautiful bike! Here is the one I am getting. First Campy group after Campy Mirage on my 1997 Bianchi Campione D'Italia

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