I’ve just had a frameset arrive in the UK from the USA. Marked as a gift and currently with customs. I’ll update as to what charges may come my way....
I'm guessing duty and VAT
Did they mark any value on it at all?
Hope not! Got away with nothing to pay on one frame a couple of years ago but 2 others (serotta and landshark) it was around £80 each
Not sure to be honest- knew I missed something!
Theyre doing weird things now...same shit happened to me few weeks back, bought an item in Australia and they charging me more than the item cost i said im not gonna pay that and i said send it back, takes almost a month til i got my money....seller is very upset
Bollocks. Tracking says custom charges raised. I shall await their letter. Bum.
Would I be likely to be charged import fees on a tubeset coming from Russia?
Bought a vintage Ritchey frameset in the US last week and import fees and VAT raised the price with about 30%...
Anything coming from outside EU gets that VAT after a certain amount...
Anyone got any perception on how wise customs officials are to the true value of bikes? I have some relatives in the US who are able to post a frame over to me as a gift and mark the value at a reduced but plausible value.
Does a generic description like titanium bike frame suffice on the declaration form? I've not had any problems on the frames I've bought from China but it would be pretty easy to google the make of some US frames and get a sense of the retail price...
It'll be fine. They won't open the box if your value is over £100
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