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 Post subject: Importing from the USA
PostPosted: Wed Aug 15, 2007 10:07 pm 
Old School Grand Master
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Hi, was wondering if anybody in the UK has experience of buying frames/bikes in the US for shipping to the UK.
I have bought small stuff before without any problems but will there be customs/duty requirement on bigger stuff.
The mrs got a whopping £12 duty charge when she bought a small parcel of fabric from the states :shock: , had no problem with my Thomson stem :roll:
Cheers. Carl


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 1:31 am 
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It's a pretty common thing on here, I bought a complete Fat a while back and more recently a frame.. Both arrived with GBP30ish to pay on them in duty which wasn't so bad.. Normally takes about 10 days - fortnight..

What you buying? :twisted:


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 Post subject: Importing
PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 7:44 am 
Old School Grand Master
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Hi, thanks for that... £30 duty...well worth it.
At the moment looking at a couple of things, neither retro I'm afraid :oops:
Kona explosif single speed frame for me, and a Specialized something or another for a mate.
Cheers, Carl.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:31 pm 
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I got stung for £80+ on a Mantis frame and a pair of Grafton cranks, so beware, it's been discussed on here before, try a search, some people have been lucky, others not so.


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And I recently got a complete secondhand bike from the US and paid £120 Customs charge and VAT! Plus £30 VAT on a pair of second hand wheels.

Best to factor this in I'd say - I would probably do it again but the added 'costs' can be very high


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:18 pm 
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At least here in Finland you have to do customs clarification if the item's (which is coming outside of European Union) value is more than 40€, even if it marked as a gift.

I had to pay 350€ worth of customs fees + VAT for my Adept and almost the same for my Attitude. So, that's why I like to buy from Germany or the UK, 'cause I know I won't have any hassles with customs...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 3:19 pm 
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Harry,

Topic pops up every now and then.

Basically UK customs add up the cost of your bike (new or 2nd hand - doesn't matter) and the cost of the shiping and the cost of the insurance on the shipping and tax that total at 14% in the case of a bike. (% changes depending what items you import).

Then they tax that new total at 17.5% for VAT.

And that's your import duty. And they hold onto it until you've paid.

No escaping it other than tieing a rubber ring round it and cycling it across the pond I'm afraid as far as I can see.

If the seller slaps a gift certificate on it, it's only good up to £36.00. over that and it's not a gift as far as customs see it.

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Now then after Wu's mighty post above...

...any Euro-Sceptics among us still...?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 9:45 pm 
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Thanks....so I guess it is a bit of a lottery.
Mr Wu...comprehensive reply ty...but how do 'they' know how much you paid?
Jesus.....is this a nation of stealth taxation or what :twisted: ...oops off my soap box now....before I'm fined by the local authority for failing to make a full risk assessment and not wearing a dayglo vest.


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Just to hijack this slightly - I may be having a rear shock serviced in the states - would I be expected to pay any duties on that item when it gets returned to me in the UK? Is there a way of letting customs know that it's actually a return and not a purchase? :?


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