Bike frame import from the USA ?
I bought a Turner 5-spot frame from USA in 2005 and got stung for a big bill before the postie would even hand it over. When I queried the calculations the response from customs was; “well we find out what you would have paid for it in the UK and add a bit more so it’s not worth buying from the US”. I’m sure I read somewhere that only bikes are liable for duty and that bike parts are not. This didn’t seem to wash either. Result – I paid a bit more for the frame than I would have done by buying it in UK. At least most of the cost went to the UK goverment in tax, which I’m sure was then spent wisely for the benefit of us all!Posted 6 years agoamplebrewSubscriber
I’ve just paid import duty on my Steve Potts in within the last month.
I paid the following on what was marked up as bike parts (Frame, fork, bars, stem, seatpost.)
The price for the ‘parts’ was $4465 US dollars which is around £2878 (This included the postage)
My import duty and VAT was £751.82.
Hope this helps.Posted 6 years agojota180Member
“well we find out what you would have paid for it in the UK and add a bit more so it’s not worth buying from the US”
That’s not the case unless you try and pull the wool and get caught, in which case they’ll price it as a UK buy
IIRC you’ll pay 4.5% duty + VAT on the price and shipping costs + a handling feePosted 6 years agowasMember
There is a way of pre paying the duty and VAT so you don’t get charged the ridiculous handling fee.
You can contact customs and say I’m expecting a parcel containing X of Y value from Z, and pay them. So long as the shipping label matched up then it will come seamlessly to your door.
This is the way businesses import stuff and individuals can do the same.
Some american car parts places will pre pay the duty for you (e.g. rockauto.com).Posted 6 years agocrashtestmonkeyMember
bike parts get something like 4% duty (full bikes more IIRC), then there’s 20% VAT on top of that, and usually a handling charge from the courier.
Some brands wont ship US to Europe (see CRC/wiggle thread), most wont have warranty support (not used the importer so you’d have to go back to the US retailer with any issues, can you afford to ship a frame back to the US, or risk effectively having no warranty in which case why not buy second hand?).
Most reputable shops wont mark as gift on the grounds they are not willing to assist or conspire to evade taxes.
If you have a look at HMRC web site it is all there (or use search function, US imports been discussed many times and someone may have posted a direct link).
Not saying don’t do it, Ive bought loads of stuff from the US including forks for less than used prices here, but its not always cost effective.
edit, typed that at same time as everyone else 🙄 🙂Posted 6 years agod45ythMember
I was going to do this but decided against it as I wanted a UK warranty. The way frames seem to break these days is it worth it to save a couple of hundred quid? It will cost that in postage if you have to send it back to the US. If you’re looking to save money on a frame you might has well buy second hand, imho.Posted 6 years ago
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