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Paying import duties on wheels

Old 04-30-10, 01:37 AM
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Paying import duties on wheels

I am looking to purchase a set of deep-dish wheels from Britain (chain reaction cycles). The issue here, is that by law, wheels are charged with a 10% import duty, per harmonized tariff schedule. What I would like to know is whether you have been hit with such a duty. Sorry, while anyone is welcome to comment, please vote only if you live in the U.S. and have ordered from abroad.

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edit: Mods, please delete. I tried to create a poll but couldn't do so as the page loading froze

edit 2: Mods, come to think of it, if possible, could you turn this into a poll & include these options

1. Delivered to me by USPS, no import duty charged.
2. Delivered to me by USPS, duty charged
3. Delivered to me by courier other than USPS (e.g. Fedex & UPS), no import duty charged.
4. Delivered to me by courier other than USPS, import duty charged.

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Old 04-30-10, 02:02 AM
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The USPS handed me a customs bill for $80 on the $800 wheels I bought from Wiggle a few months ago.

Oh well.
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sir pcad,

thanks for the input, and looks like insomniacs love company. are you losing sleep over what roy halladay would be doing to your mets this weekend?

and damn this software
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Originally Posted by mcjimbosandwich View Post
sir pcad,

thanks for the input, and looks like insomniacs love company. are you losing sleep over what roy halladay would be doing to your mets this weekend?

and damn this software
No I'm hungry.

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Got my Campy Zonda wheels from overseas and was not charged any custom's fees.
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i've ordered three sets of wheels in the last two years from overseas, two from the UK, one from singapore (souls). both UK orders were hit with a customs fee. nothing from the souls.

from reading other threads on the topic it seems super hit or miss.

also, i'm always ordering stuff from the UK (tires, random components, etc.) and the smaller boxes never seem to be hit with the customs fees, i think its the relatively large boxes wheels come in that arouse suspicion.
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Luck of the draw... I ordered some wheels from PBK last year and wasn't charged. Cross fingers and takes your chances.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
from reading other threads on the topic it seems super hit or miss.
+1. I've been lucky. In the past six months I've ordered wheels from Chain Reaction and cranks from Total Cycling. No customs fees on either. Not sure if it matters but I used ParcelForce for delivery and not airmail.
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