Originally Posted by kenucklehead
Oh yeah? What do you mean "shouldn't"? Is this discretionary or is it the actual guideline? Personal experience? I've tried searching and there's so much info out there, it's hard to discern what is correct.
"Shouldn't" as in the shipper or customs agent/broker can fck things up. Personal experience having received a bill for $250 or so when actual rate should have called for about $50. That was a real PITA to deal with.
But most of the time they get it right.
Current rules (updated earlier this year) say under $800 and you don't have to pay anything. There are exceptions of course like sunglasses which apparently are considered medical supplies so you have to pay a fairly hefty percentage on them.
I haven't had to pay anything on any international shipments this year. I've received 4 or 5.