I get the impression you don't use the internet much. Would that be a fair assessment?
Nope. Not an accurate statement at all. This is the first instance where I'm having to research customs duties. I don't usually shop from "foreign" retailers, but I don't see what in my post would give you your impression.
My mistake. I may very well have misunderstood what you wrote. On the face of it...
I'm now wondering whether the two parts that I ordered (rear derailleur and cassette) will incur a charge. Even though the aggregate total was over $130, I've yet to be charged a fee...
...it sounds like you are waiting to be charged a fee even after you've already paid for and have already taken delivery of your order. Reading your post just made me wonder what web store or delivery company works like that? In my experience, if your order made it through your door and you weren't charged anything by then, then it's a done deal.
BTW, what did you think of the calculations in those 2 links ?
I asked one of my co-workers, who likes to dabble in foreign video games. He's been charged an import duty on games coming from Europe and Japan, and has had to go down to UPS and the Post Office to pay the duty, before he can receive the item. I'm assuming most places will charge you ahead of time, but given that experience, you never know.
Thanks for the help on the calculations. As I said earlier, I have limited experience ordering products from overseas (prices are usually better from the US, but lately, Merlin and PBK have had better prices on components and tires), so I haven't had to register for DutyCalculator.