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Old 02-28-11, 12:02 PM   #1
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Tariff number for a bike minus wheels from Switzerland to USA?

Just wondering what everyone's thoughts are on what HTS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule) number to have the seller use when shipping my bike minus wheels from Switzerland to the USA.
If you go here and type in bicycles, you will get a bunch of hits, and several of them seem applicable to my situation and they all have different tariff rates ranging from 0% to 5.5%. I don't want to get in trouble for tax evasion/fraud, but then again, I want to pay the least amount for getting it into my hands.

I was thinking the 3 possibilities would be:

(5.5%) - 87120025 - Bicycles, not motorized, w/both wheels o/63.5 cm in diam., weighing under 16.3 kg & not design. for tires w/x-sect. diam. o/4.13cm

(3.9%) - 87149120 - Pts. & access. for bicycles & o/cycles, frames, valued over $600 each

(0%) - 87149190 - Pts. & access. for bicycles & o/cycles, forks, nesoi (Not Either Specified or Included) and pts of frames, nesoi and pts. of forks

What are your thoughts? When I've shipped stuff internationally, they never ask for a HTS number - I just list what it is. Who determines the actual tariff rate and what the item falls under. If he is not allowed to use the numbers listed above and my sale qualifies as a 'bicycle', how does customs know what size wheels it has for the tariff rate (5.5% vs 11% depending on bigger or smaller than 63.5cm diameter wheels. If he lists bike parts or frames, how will they determine what to apply it to? Can I contest the charge if it's labeled improperly? The bike is $1600 so depending on the rate it could be a good chunck of change and make the great deal not so great anymore.
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Old 02-28-11, 06:55 PM   #2
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If the shipper does much exporting they may already know the HTS code and be able to tell you. If that doesn't work try contacting the carrier and they might be able to help you.
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