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Old 03-01-08, 09:18 PM
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Do you pay a customs charge if you purchase from the UK?

Say you are in the US and buy something from the UK for $5,000....will you get hit with a customs charge when it arrives? Does it matter what the item is?
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Old 03-01-08, 09:28 PM
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I ordered dvd's from the U.k. and had no customs fees. Card would probably have them and higher $ items may as well.
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Old 03-01-08, 11:55 PM
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Depends where the item was manufactured, not so much where it ships from. It also depends who brokers the shipment. And who you're buying it from (the manufacturer, a dealer, second hand on eBay, etc.). If it's an eBayer, make sure that they know to fill out a Certificate of Origin, and all of that good stuff (since it's valued over $3000 or so).

At $5000, you might as well just contact a brokerage company in the US. They'll probably charge you around $200 to take care of the shipment. But it is A LOT easier to deal with a brokerage company. I've deal with big and small brokers in the past. They're all about the same. Though the small guys don't like taking "bulk" deals where there's all different items from different manufacturers, etc.

At the very worst, expect to pay around 15% of the customs AND shipping value.
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Old 03-02-08, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by Aphex Twin
Say you are in the US and buy something from the UK for $5,000....will you get hit with a customs charge when it arrives? Does it matter what the item is?
Possibly and it depends on the item.
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Old 03-02-08, 04:36 PM
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You should look into getting your VAT back too if they charge it on products shipped to the US. It's a large amount on $5000.
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Old 03-02-08, 08:35 PM
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Legal Answer yes.

really depends.

if you buy on ebay, and tell the seller to mark as a gift and
$20 then no.

If you go to Europe and purchase a rolex, you can easily get it in.
But if you buy a Ducati, a little harder to sneak in.

Bikes are odd, different parts have different rates, but I've purchased about 4K worth of bike parts, every part to build a bike basically and never once got charged.

For example spokes are 15%. but rims are 0%
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Originally Posted by Kdogg
You should look into getting your VAT back too if they charge it on products shipped to the US. It's a large amount on $5000.

AFAIK they can't charge you VAT if you live outside the UK. They even tell you their taking it off because of that reason.
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