[CR] Subject: Customs charges on imported items

(Example: Framebuilding:Tubing:Falck)

Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:52:38 -0400
From: "Tom Martin" <tom@voimports.com>
To: <themaaslands@comcast.net>, Classic Rendezvous <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: [CR] Subject: Customs charges on imported items

Good info Jerry.

I have an incomplete 35 page document of HTS numbers that are relevant to import and export of bicycles, parts and accessories.

In general, if it's a bike part, most freight forwarders and customs clerks will classify it as 10% bicycle parts.

There are plenty of reduced and free of duty items. I insist that my suppliers put the proper duty on the commercial invoice. If the HTS number is in all documentation it's very easy to point out a mistake if the clerk enters the wrong number.

The actual duty charges assessed and collected by The State is quite small- only 10% of the cost of the part or bike at most. The rest of the costs are assessed by the licensed freight broker (*not* US Customs) fees- forklift fee, liftgate fee, Bunker Adjustment Fee, bond serivce fee, terrorism offset insurance charge, etc etc ad infinitum. Those fees are generally non negotiable and not subject to refund.

Tom Martin
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