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Old 01-03-17, 01:42 PM
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ebay & import duty question

happy new year everyone.

question question: anyone here purchased from seller that's in canada before? any import fee when product enters into US?

looking at some stuff that will be over $1.2K in value, so not sure if there'll be import duty?

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11% + local sales tax (if required) + holding fees
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11% + local sales tax (if required) + holding fees
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This was asked recently in the General Cycling section. Here's what was said: https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cy...-purchase.html. I guess part of it depends upon the shipper. All of the small stuff I ordered from China (less than $100) came by USPS and they don't consolidate the charges so I never paid a penny in duties.
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This was asked recently in the General Cycling section. Here's what was said: https://www.bikeforums.net/general-cy...-purchase.html. I guess part of it depends upon the shipper. All of the small stuff I ordered from China (less than $100) came by USPS and they don't consolidate the charges so I never paid a penny in duties.

thanks i'll have a look see there.
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I've brought things the other direction (US to Canada). Whatever you do, do not deal with any seller that uses the 'Global Shipping Program".

Dealing with such a seller causes your shipment to come across the border through a courier (as opposed to Canada Post/USPS); when it does it will be hit with a huge arbitrary extortionist 'Import Charge' that bears no resemblance to the actual taxes and duties.

Cross-border duties on bike stuff is minimal, and you have to pay whatever federal and state taxes owing. But if you use the couriers, you will get hit with fees that are multiples of the actual costs.

And don't mix shipments, that is bike components, which incur minimal duties, with clothing, which incur higher duties. The couriers will assess you 'Import Charges' at the highest possible rate for everything, submit the actual costs owed to the governments, and then pocket the difference. Nice racket.
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thanks Dave.

the canadian seller said he will be shipping it via Canada Post Tracked Packet - International. but based on the thread that VegasTriker posted.. if it comes across and handled by DHL.. i might get hit with a bill afterwards. but if it comes across as postal and then handled by US Postal then there might be a chance it will slip under radar.
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What happened to NAFTA?

As far as the global shipping scheme is concerned, no small seller in their right mind would ever consider shipping any other way now that Global Shipping from eBay is available. I have done it the old fashioned way and know how hard it is.
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Originally Posted by rpenmanparker View Post
What happened to NAFTA?

As far as the global shipping scheme is concerned, no small seller in their right mind would ever consider shipping any other way now that Global Shipping from eBay is available. I have done it the old fashioned way and know how hard it is.
NAFTA only applies to products made in the respective countries. So it would apply to a hand made frame made in Canada, but not to the Shimano components attached. There's a somewhat complex set of rules for items produced one place using imported parts.

But since so little bike stuff is made in Canada, I suppose that the OP is buying imported goods, and so NAFTA doesn't apply.

BTW - the US Customs Service does not involve itself with state and local taxes. Depending on the state, the recipient of goods "imported" into the state is supposed to pay those taxes directly. In practice, the states rarely enforce these rules on retail consumers because it's too difficult, but they do enforce them on business that, for example, buy office equipment out of state.
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