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Fedex Bill

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Slickman, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    Now I'm scared. I just ordered a limited edition pair of navy cordovan EG from the EG store in London. I hope I don't get raped too badly.

    Earlier in the year I ordered a pair of Persols from Italy and I received a $29 tax bill from FedEx.
     


  2. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Senior member

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    I was just about to make a thread asking the same...

    I am buying Vass via a friend in Budapest who is paying cash for the shoes at Vass and then mailing to me. What method of shipping should my friend use and how should she declare the shoes to minimize taxes?

    Thank you.
     


  3. Slickman

    Slickman Senior member

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    Use regular post, not fedex or ups, and declare the value as $100, no duty problems
     


  4. AnGeLiCbOrIs

    AnGeLiCbOrIs Senior member

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    From what I understand (not all that much), the duty should have been 5%, not 37.5%. It almost looks like they arbitrarily found the most expensive rate in the section. Did they tell you what subheading they used?
     


  5. Cant kill da Rooster

    Cant kill da Rooster Senior member

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    I don't think that is true. I just received a shipment from the US via FedEx and I just paid 16% on duty alone. Seems to vary depending on what is shipped and by whom.
     


  6. Slickman

    Slickman Senior member

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    Who knows, my only option is to pay
     


  7. sartoriallychallenged

    sartoriallychallenged Active Member

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    I know this is a slightly older post, but for the record, I've had this happen to me. I simply never paid the bill. They sent me 1 reminder and I told them I wasn't going to pay (they tried to charge me $150 "brokerage fee" to Canada for a $150 item shipped from the US, and none of it was duties--it was never even inspected). It turns out if the receiver doesn't pay they just try to collect from the sender. I told them that I never signed any agreement with FedEx and therefore they have no legal contract with me; if they wanted to collect, they should have asked at the door and I would've refused the package. Never heard from them again, no negative impact on credit, no collectors ever called.
     


  8. Slickman

    Slickman Senior member

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    I tried that the first time, got non-stop calls from collection agencies
     


  9. fritzl

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    Use regular post, not fedex or ups, and declare the value as $100, no duty problems

    +1

    e.g. i have sent the paprika as a gift with $ 100,- never had a buyer complaining(around 25 shipments in two years).
     


  10. gauche.story

    gauche.story Senior member

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    Shipping to Canada is often the worst.

    Fedex charges a brokerage fee up front to the sender (most often), and UPS charges one to the receiver upon delivery.

    The best option is USPS. Declare a low value, and have it sent as a gift. If the person you are buying from won't do it, they are dog balls.
     


  11. gauche.story

    gauche.story Senior member

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    Sorry to double post, but this is applicable to other non-USA shipments as well.

    You can contact your customs department and ask the level at which they charge different customs rates.

    Australia and Russia have certain thresholds, below which no import tax is charged. Other countries have bracketed systems.

    The only risk to declaring a lesser value is that it is often the insured value as well. If the package is lost or stolen, this is the amount that would be recouped.

    I ship lots of packages internationally. If anyone wants any help with something, just PM me.
     


  12. P. Bateman

    P. Bateman Senior member

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    For those who have shipped via EMS, how long did it take for the tracking code to function? Shoes were shipped from Hungary on 7/8 and as of 7/12 my code still yields no information. Thanks.
     


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    Can anyone advise as to the % charged on importing a couple pairs of English dress shoes into the US?
     


  14. fox81

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    37.5% is lot. You should see what the applicable duty is for shoes, and if its less than that, appeal it.

    Here in australia, if something is classified incorrectly, you can apply for a refund straight from the tax office.
    in theory, if fedex or whomever classifies it incorrectly, you should get the refund on their customs handling fee since they didnt fulfil that function correctly, but good luck with that.
     


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    Sorry to double post, but this is applicable to other non-USA shipments as well.

    You can contact your customs department and ask the level at which they charge different customs rates.

    Australia and Russia have certain thresholds, below which no import tax is charged. Other countries have bracketed systems.

    The only risk to declaring a lesser value is that it is often the insured value as well. If the package is lost or stolen, this is the amount that would be recouped.

    I ship lots of packages internationally. If anyone wants any help with something, just PM me.


    Australia is usually AUD$1,000. Any amount over this, Commonwealth Government applies a 10% Goods and Service Tax (GST) and also import duties etc.

    FedEx is a proxy for U.S. economy, so if they are able to rip you off, means the economy is doing well...
     


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