Shoot! I guess I was a month early.
I just bought a pair of custom Italian made boots and received them last week. A few days later I got a weird retroactive bill for the duties saying I owed some third party duty company a reimbursement for the duties, plus a service fee to them that was more than the duty payment.
It seems really strange since I already received the product. There was a threat in the invoice of assigning the debt to collections if not paid. But I never agreed to pay anyone anything and I already have the product. Is this really how it works??? Some third party company other than the seller or buyer pays the duty fee to get the item through customs, and then attempts to be reimbursed later plus a service fee?
Hard to imagine any more than a small percentage of these bills being paid. Its a significant amount of money to blindly mail off to some random company after the fact with no prior agreement.
What do people think of this? Should I mail them a check??