Could not find the customs thread, but I though one of you gents could answer a simple question for me
I want to order an item from Spence Clothing....I could swear I heard they hit you with high customs and won't take off VAT. My problem is the item I want is around 1K.....what am I looking at here $300 in customs/fees?
This might be helpful
Note, you can only use the site once, so choose your descriptions carefully. After you've tried it, you need to pay some fee in order to calculate a new import.
FWIW, I find that customs and duties can be a really variable thing, and there's often little rhyme or reason to it. A lot can depend on whether the people at the border decide to tax you on your order. Sometimes things just slide through, even if they're supposed to be taxed. Also, the tax code can be very, very complicated. A lot can depend on not only where the item was manufactured, but also where the components are from. In bespoke tailoring, for example, I know just 1% of cashmere can throw you into a whole new tax bracket, jumping the percentage points up from something like 10 to 40 (something like that).
I would use that calculator as a way to figure out what's the highest you could pay, but not actually what you might pay.