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Customs duty to the United Stes

post #1 of 5
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I've searched and read innumerable threads about this, and I still don't have a definitive answer. If someone could point me to a thread or could provide some first hand experience receiving EU shipments in the U.S., I'd be most appreciative.

I'd like to buy a pair of shoes from a EU seller. Is there a percentage of the stated value I'd be assessed upon delivery? I've read of buyers who had NO duties, and others that were shocked by the size of the imposed duty. A huge fee might be a deal breaker for me.

Also, what liabilities might I be assuming with such a transaction? I know about the $200.00 threshold for charges. What if the seller undervalues the items? Is there a potential hazard in doing that?

I'm simply trying to avoid any hassles. I have a nervous condition and would prefer to actually wear my shoes before I die.

Thanks in advance for any responses.

post #2 of 5
FedEx - you pay customs
USPS/Royal mail - you dont.
post #3 of 5
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The seller is using DHL.

I've received things from them years ago, and they were pretty fast.
post #4 of 5
You'll pay duty with DHL
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the info. Can someone give an idea of what the charge might be?

5%, 10%, more?

I've read some threads elsewhere about women who were shocked by the duty amounts on EU purchases. Of course, these are things like Chanel bags costing thousands of dollars.

I assume that it's based on the sellers statement of value, no?
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