Originally Posted by ManofKent
I've not heard of Aramex, but DPD are a common enough shipper in the UK and above aboard.
I'm not that familiar with US charges (over here for anything over £15 you get charged 20% TAX + a handling fee of around £15, then a different sum depending on the type of goods imported - $55 sounds cheap!).
Am I right in thinking that for US imports it depends on what the product is made of?
Yes, that always has to be declared. Once I had to do it for leather shoes...it does go down to the specifics!
Edit: Forgot say - thanks for letting me know DPD is above board. I had never heard of them before. The UK shop I bought I ordered from is legit for sure.
Originally Posted by zippyh
Different goods have different rates. Knowing that your shipment was worth $256 isn't enough to determine the amount you should be charged. Look for the US Harmonized Tariff Schedule. It's a nightmare to read but you should be able to find a couple chapters for clothing. I think one for woven versus knit. Depending upon what you ordered, and more importantly how the retailer declared it, 20% for clothing doesn't sound out of line.
Thank you for the info! I had previously ordered Tricker's 2-3 times from the UK and at regular price I have been charged around $27ish by FedEx each time, so I was surprised that now I have to pay double for a much cheaper order (which consists of a wool top, a bag and a magazine).
I am waiting for the importer to show me the breakdown of the customs fee and their admin fee (after hearing stories about odd/erroneous charges some people have noted). I am surprised they have not responded after two requests. I will report back once I have it!