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Old 3rd December 2013, 07:18 PM   #11
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I don't declare any price on the package, so chances are you won't be paying any duties.
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Old 3rd December 2013, 07:30 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Frank Berry View Post
I've purchased items from overseas in the past and have paid no Duty Fees. I've paid the sellers asking price, they've shipped the item. I received the item. Nothing more than that.
How would you pay the Duty fee? To whom? When? Where would your item be held pending payment of the 'Duty Fee'?
I wouldn't worry too much about it.
Normally when you buy goods, your goverment wants an import duty. That is to protect the national market from overseas imports.
How much you would pay depends basically on two main points: the type of goods, and the declared value.

I don't know the US law but as an example, if I import electronics equipment from outside the European Union, the first € 100 (about $ 130) is free, if the item is more expensive (has a higher declared value) I pay 21% import duties over the whole amount including shipping.

I would expect the US law to be a bit more flexible, but I don't know all details.
Check the customs website for more info.

Normally the shipper pays the duty and charges you for it, plus sometimes a fee like $ 5 for otheir trouble.

BTW Declared value is the value the seller puts on the shipping paper. Sometimes they will declare *their* cost and not the sale price, which may be much lower, though strictly speaking that is not legal.

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Old 5th December 2013, 05:38 AM   #13
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Thanks Peter. You'll be getting an order from me before the year is out.
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