My friend from US bringing his bike to UK…
I wonder if the dilemma works the other way around.. Say im gonna do holiday in US for a month or two.. Surely gonna bring my own bike.. So do i have to pay US customs too
Read a good book about touring the USA on a Harley (might have been by Tom Cunliffe?), the customs official was apparenly very blunt that they’d have no problems with an ‘ammerican’ bike coming home (he did eventualy sell it rather than ship it home again), but would throw the book at it if it was a Japanese bike.Posted 4 years ago
mind, speeding is “merely” a civil offence isn’t it ?
I’ve no idea, the police prosecute it so I presume it’s criminal?
Either way, last time I brought a bike into the country I had to walk through the ‘anything to declare’ route, was quite arsey* with the customs offical and still didn’t get searched.
*I had a broken arm and in a bad mood as a result, hence someone else was pushing my trolley, hence ‘anythig to declare’ (someone else has handled my baggage).
“anythign to declare?”Posted 4 years ago
“yes my arm hurts”
“what’s in the bag?”
“is it yours?”
“a weeks dirty laundry”
“what’s int he other bag?”
“what kind of stuff?”
“more dirty week old laundry”
Was having a mind scenario as well
“Anything to declare?”Posted 4 years ago
Me: yes, i have a bike
“Is it yours?”
” what is the intention of that bike in US soil, sir”
Me: im going to UTAH to ride like i saw in Red Bull TV, it is my hobby, you know 😀
“You have to pay import tax for that sir”
Me: wtf?! …what, for riding my bike in US soil because its my hobby?
Me: ah, ok..i would like to declare my camera as i love taking photos during my ride as well.. You know my hobby 😕
“Ok sir, please go to window 3 for paying tax import duty”
If he just left it in your garage for the next time he was over, it would be fine and dandy. As long as it is obviously used and not just a new bike in a box evrything would be cool. He is travelling with his bike as sports equipment and paid for it as such with the airline company.
From your most recent post, I take it you’ve not travelled outside Europe much. Sporting equipment. No hassle. Look it up on airline websites. People travel with stuff all the time.Posted 4 years ago
A certain mtb rider friend is bringing his “bike” to the UK from California to ride cannock chase , etc 🙄 …and at the end of his stay here he is so happy riding with me that he gave me the said “bike” as a token of appreciation (might be)
My question is, does he need to pay tax duty for his own bike? Or just pack his bike in a bike bag or box and pay extra baggage cost in the airlines.Posted 4 years agoJamieMember
In an entirely unrelated manner, speeding is against the law, were you caught and fined last time you did 31mph in a 30?
A fella, on the speed awareness course I was on, got done for 32 in a 30. The AA lady taking the class didn’t believe him until he showed her the paperwork.Posted 4 years agoluffy105Subscriber
I have taken expensive pairs of skis through airports all over the world and never even thought to declare them, can’t see that a bike would be any different. Look at people travelling with golf clubs, some of those whackers are ultra expensive but I never see them being walked through the red channel.
Mind you i did get stopped at Abu Dhabi airport and asked why I had 3 pairs of skis in my bag but more because the customs officers thought i might be a bit deranged. His first question was ‘you do realise where you have landed sir?’Posted 4 years agomolgripsSubscriber
My question is, does he need to pay tax duty for his own bike?
No, you’re not importing it if it’s not staying in the UK, of course.
If they suspect you of being a bike mule, they will make you pay duty and give you a ticket to reclaim it on the way back. This happened to my mother in law when she was travelling with her bike.Posted 4 years agoblandMember
so when i went to Jamaica and left some smelly old trainers in teh hotel i was commiting an offence, get real!
If you are bothered, pick up some pile of sh1te and take it back with him, personally id not bother. Will he not be using it next time he comes….
Hazy shade of grey area, hardly top of priority list and no proof of what he broughtPosted 4 years ago
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