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    Shipping Cost from Japan

    I just ordered in a Bridgestone Moulton bike from Japan. I thought some of you might find it interesting to see our shipping cost. It's about the same staggering cost as getting one in from England. It would be more expensive to go over and pick it up and bring it back, but at least you get a trip and a bike. By comparison, it would cost a mere $38 or so to ship the same bike anywhere in the continental USA.


    Entry Charge $90.00
    Handling Charge $15.00
    C.O.D Fee $15.00
    Terminal Charge $60.00
    Delivery Charge $130.00

    Airflight(Japan-LAX) $116.72

    Duty $114.18(If duty rate is 11%)
    Tax $25.00
    Bond Fee $35.00


    Total $600.90
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    Should check with a courier service to have seen if someone could have brought it into the US.

    I ususally get visiting friends to bring stuff from japan to here.

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    Yes, it is very expensive to import for certain countries. I work in the air freight industry and those are pretty standard air cargo rates.

    The only thing that seems way too high is the delivery charge. It should have been $30-40...$130 sounds like they used air freight from the west coast to NM. 3-4 day ground service would have been closer to $30-40

    Some of the costs are fixed costs regardless of weight. The entry, terminal, COD and handling fees are a flat rate so close to $200 of those fees would have been the same if you ordered a full container load of Bridgestones.
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    Acess to someone in the Mlitary is the path for hapiness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Hickey
    Yes, it is very expensive to import for certain countries. I work in the air freight industry and those are pretty standard air cargo rates.

    The only thing that seems way too high is the delivery charge. It should have been $30-40...$130 sounds like they used air freight from the west coast to NM. 3-4 day ground service would have been closer to $30-40

    Some of the costs are fixed costs regardless of weight. The entry, terminal, COD and handling fees are a flat rate so close to $200 of those fees would have been the same if you ordered a full container load of Bridgestones.
    Excellent information. Thanks!
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    You almost could have flown to Japan and bought it.

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