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    Importing bike from uk

    im interested in buying a complete bike from the uk. interested in how duties work.

    If for example the bike was $2300 cad. What sort of price range am I looking at with tax & import fee? Would $3k all in seem about right or could it end up going higher?

    these are the bikes btw

    https://www.alpkit.com/sonder/sonder-transmitter-carbon

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    Hopefully somebody that has actually done it will answer. But, I believe complete bikes show as 13% duty. Some people say it's 18%.
    Also will depend on how it is shipped, you may be hit with brokerage charges.
    So it's possible you could end up with 2300 + 200 shipping + 13% duty + 13% tax = 3192 plus brokerage

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    I've never heard of that brand, and I live in the UK.

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    Thanks for your input Slash5. I was reading some post by a vancouver bike shop saying it could be as high as 60% duty which just seems ridiculous if true.

    Other posts have suggested the 13%+13%+brokerage fees

    Mr Pig, I think they're a pretty small brand. There is possibly some connection with On-One bikes (I think they did the frame design). If you live in the UK they seem like a good value bike, I'm just trying to determine if bringing one over here is worth the hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by castlefield View Post
    Thanks for your input Slash5. I was reading some post by a vancouver bike shop saying it could be as high as 60% duty which just seems ridiculous if true.

    Other posts have suggested the 13%+13%+brokerage fees

    Mr Pig, I think they're a pretty small brand. There is possibly some connection with On-One bikes..
    I know On-One. My son has an On-One frame. Their stuff is very good value in my opinion. Would I ship it across the Atlantic? Wow, duno.

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    It looks like Chinese brand. I never heard about it either

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    I would not buy a bike from UK due to import tax.

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    I'd have to do a count to figure out how many frames I've bought from the UK - probably half a dozen.
    If I really wanted that bike I'd think seriously about buying just the frame for $850 plus shipping and then pickup one of the Charge Cooker 27.5+ bikes for around $1100 and transfer all the parts over. Then sell the Charge frame.
    Then upgrade when you find parts cheap - if you find you need to.

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    So consensus is, it's not worth the extra duties / fees I might incur on a fully built bike.

    I may just end up buying the frame, and building it up with some parts I have. I really like the look of that frame and its geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by castlefield View Post
    So consensus is, it's not worth the extra duties / fees I might incur on a fully built bike.

    I may just end up buying the frame, and building it up with some parts I have. I really like the look of that frame and its geometry.
    For anyone interested I ended up buying the frame. They shipped it DHL.

    $50 Shipping from the company who sold it then approx $150 in duty/tax was owed once I brought it in.

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    Did DHL they give you a break down of the costs - duty, taxes and brokerage?

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    Nothing specific on the dhl invoice. It just said "DHL Duties, Taxes and Fees"; no break down.

    I'm surprised it even made it to my place, as they (Alpkit) totally messed up my address. Thankfully DHL were able to call my cellphone and get it sorted

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