Customs duty to the United Stes

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Topcat90069, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Topcat90069

    Topcat90069 Member

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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.

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    FedEx - you pay customs
    USPS/Royal mail - you dont.
     


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    The seller is using DHL.

    I've received things from them years ago, and they were pretty fast.
     


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    You'll pay duty with DHL
     


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    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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