If you dont mind me asking, how much did the guy put down as value for the fork (versus actual value)? Im just not sure if putting the value at something like 50 bucks for a bike frame would result in customs getting suspicious?USPS would be my first choice. I just had a guy from MTBR sell me a fork, shipped it with low value from NY state. Took 5 business days, and no tax, duty, or brokerage.
Yes. I think customs agents are well-versed in the old "gift" or low declared value routines. Whether they have the time or inclination on that particular day to pull it aside and throw the book at you in assessing all possible charges because you've insulted their intelligence is another matter altogether.I must have edited while you were answering. Do you think the customs would be suspicious if a bike frame was valued at 20?
I think the obvious solution here is to create a fake web site, hit the SEO optimization, and then an army of minions over the next few days to pump its search ranking to the top of the list on all the major search engines for the frame being shipped, so that if the customs agents go to do a value/price search on the internet it will show as being $19 and subsequently let it go without any taxes or duties. It (almost) worked great for this guy, up to the point where his ridiculous scheme was uncovered and he lost millions of dollars in salary during his suspension;Except it would be an easily detectable lie. It's not that much extra money. Is the risk worth it? /mom-voice
or you will be killed with the charges. At least call UPS if you are thinking about it to get a quote. BTW what is the value of the frame, if it is like $1500 one thing, if it is $300 really a totally different circumstance.Ask him to use USPS or as XLNC said, a UPS service that IS NOT UPS ground. UPS ground is subject to their ridiculous brokerage fees. Their faster worldwide service is not.
All packages are subject to taxes regardless of what carrier you use. If you don't get charged taxes, it is because:
a) a fluke
b) valued at less than 20 dollars
c) marked as gift or low value on paperwork
Stuff from China or UK gets over looked (a fluke) for taxes far more than USA.
USPS would be my first choice. I just had a guy from MTBR sell me a fork, shipped it with low value from NY state. Took 5 business days, and no tax, duty, or brokerage.
im paying 1400. Im thinking of putting value at 1000, shipping as bike parks, as merchendiseor you will be killed with the charges. At least call UPS if you are thinking about it to get a quote. BTW what is the value of the frame, if it is like $1500 one thing, if it is $300 really a totally different circumstance.
so the diff in case they charge you is $52? Come on, on a $1400 frame in which you can save huge $ purchasing down south and you're going to quibble on that amount.im paying 1400. Im thinking of putting value at 1000, shipping as bike parks, as merchendise
I wasn't saying what will likely be assessed, only what is in the letter of the tariffs which is assembled bikes (includes shop ready factory assembly) and assembled wheels - unless it's been changed since last time I looked. I agree that 99.9% of the time it's likely a customs agent will probably just think of wheels as "bike parts" at zero duty.Only ever paid GST/HST on assembled wheels coming from the US or UK, never any duty.