General Cycling Discussion - Exporting a bicycle to the U.S. from Canada
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07-23-06, 01:10 PM
I'm going to put a like new dust gathering recumbent bike up for sale and I know I stand a better chance of selling it in the U.S. It is a bicycle manufactured in the U.S.
What type of paper work and/or tariffs will I have to pay to export it or should I just transport to my favourite Seattle bike shop and ship it from there?
07-23-06, 02:00 PM
Talk to your local UPS, FedEx type shipper/packer. In the US there are storefront businesses that pack and ship stuff. I bet they could give an authoritative answer, including $$.
I went to one of those storefront shippers to send a few things to myself when I came home from Trahnah. It was affordable but more expensive than I expected and there were forms to complete, including a complete list of contents. After the shipper was satisfied that everything was in order, he phoned and said he needed a copy of my passport!
If I had a bike to ship from as close to the border as you are, I'd cut a lot of the crap and take it across the border, as you suggest in plan 'b'. I've had a bike shop pack up my bike for the plane. It was well worth the convenience and they always have a bike box right there to recycle.
I thought with NAFTA there's no problems. Just show proof it was made in the USA and it should be able to go right through. In theory, anyway....
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