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CAAD8FRED
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by CAAD8FRED

Hello all

Thinking of importing a UDi2 groupset from Merlin to the US. How much would the duty be if charged at all. Numbers vary on forums and the CBP codes don't help much. Thanks!

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TobinHatesYou
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by TobinHatesYou

12% for goods valued over $800. A week or so after delivery, the shipping service will send you a bill.

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I have noticed that in Canada right around this time, (month of Black Friday) that anything I have coming across the pond from UK or Eu gets stopped at the border with all fees and charges being applied. I think the gov hires more ppl to make sure fees are included with all parcels right into late december.
I dont know what you get on the US side at this time of year for parcels regarding fees but I normally wait until january for across the pond shopping.
Actually Canada has some ok deals on most stuff at this time.
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I've been dinged every single time since the change from $200->$800 in 2012.

CAAD8FRED
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by CAAD8FRED

I've read some people get lucky based on how things are labeled, if the package gets checked, etc. I have also read that rates charged vary based on the goods and sometimes they don't. I trust Tobin

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CAAD8FRED wrote:
Fri Nov 25, 2022 4:51 am
I've read some people get lucky based on how things are labeled, if the package gets checked, etc. I have also read that rates charged vary based on the goods and sometimes they don't. I trust Tobin
Actually it looks like I got dinged 10% on my Red AXS order if the customs fee is derived from total cost w/shipping.

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by CAAD8FRED

TobinHatesYou wrote:
Fri Nov 25, 2022 5:08 am
CAAD8FRED wrote:
Fri Nov 25, 2022 4:51 am
I've read some people get lucky based on how things are labeled, if the package gets checked, etc. I have also read that rates charged vary based on the goods and sometimes they don't. I trust Tobin
Actually it looks like I got dinged 10% on my Red AXS order if the customs fee is derived from total cost w/shipping.
The HS codes say things like cycle bike brakes should have no tariff while parts like shifters should. I assume everything is packaged together and the courier defers to using the highest tariff for the value of the entire shipment. Also, some on other forums claim hen shipped with a national service like CanadaPost or USPS (I guess these were options back in the day), tariffs were hit or miss but couriers like UPS seem to always levy the tariff.

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Early on I learned never to ship anything to Canada via UPS/Fedex/etc. They have this brokerage system which can levy fees upwards of 30% the value of the item. It doesn't apply to goods sent via postal services.

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by Vuong05

TobinHatesYou wrote:
Fri Nov 25, 2022 6:35 am
Early on I learned never to ship anything to Canada via UPS/Fedex/etc. They have this brokerage system which can levy fees upwards of 30% the value of the item. It doesn't apply to goods sent via postal services.
This, absolutely avoid shipping anything into Canada with UPS/Fedex/DHL, etc... Those carriers will ding you a brokerage fee that is 30-40% of the value of the items...

Just bought some stuff from Merlin into Canada using their Trakpack service, and was dinged 12% by customs, once it arrived here. Value of the products were under $800 FYI...
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by Mackers

$800 is the limit for the US FYI...

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by satanas

And if anyone is thinking of having things sent from the US to Australia - usually prohibitive these days - avoid DHL at all costs. They are expensive, slow, and inefficient, and then charge more on arrival. At least with UPS/FEDEX all the fees are upfront.

DHL ex-Germany = German post office, so totally different, and okay.

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by Conradsleight

I just have everything sent to me sister in Glasgow first 😁

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satanas wrote:And if anyone is thinking of having things sent from the US to Australia - usually prohibitive these days - avoid DHL at all costs. They are expensive, slow, and inefficient, and then charge more on arrival. At least with UPS/FEDEX all the fees are upfront.

DHL ex-Germany = German post office, so totally different, and okay.
Not true. I think it all depends. But I had a UPS package from Merlin and was charged another $485 import/duty tax. I also had to pick it up from where they held it hostage.
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by bremerradkurier

Never got a customs duty bill in early 2020 when I had perfect timing on an Ultegra Di2 rim brake groupset from them at just $1200.

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