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    Buying a bike from Europe - Passing through customs and potential fees

    Hello. I am considering buying a used bike on ebay. I am watching a bike in Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. Have any of you bought bikes on ebay from one of these countries and if so did you encounter any problems with customs or get hit with any sort of extra fees?

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    No actual experience, however, there is a lot of customs related information on ebay. You would be the importer and would be paying US Customs based on the type of merchandise and value. Customs for a used item for personal use should be minimal.

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    If you go there and have it coming back, as accompanied luggage with you,
    the usual Airline fees apply to get it home..[vary by carrier] as any other bike of yours,
    but not import duty.

    Ask your national customs agency, if you are getting it shipped,,

    Likely it will be shipped Airfreight, the RT to Europe and back
    may be a better value..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 11-06-12 at 02:37 PM.

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    Check out some of the info on Randy's site.

    http://www.mytenspeeds.com/My_TenSpe...troduction.htm
    '68 Raleigh Sprite, '02 Raleigh C500, '84 Raleigh Gran Prix, '91 Trek 400

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    If you go there and have it coming back, as accompanied luggage with you,
    the usual Airline fees apply to get it home..[vary by carrier] as any other bike of yours,
    but not import duty...
    If you bought anything overseas, whether new or used, and are bringing it back with you into the US, you are supposed to declare it on line 15 of the customs declaration form, which may incur an import duty.

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/va...ation_form.xml

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    I bought a new bike from a shop in the U.K. and had it shipped to the USA. Cost me 11% import duty, as I recall.

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