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    duty on bike parts from the states?

    Well as the title says, I'm looking at bike components, derailleurs etc,
    + want to know what other people have experienced.
    I know if its built in the states freetrade should = no duty
    but what if its built in japan?

    thanks

    sam

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    no duty on bike parts, just GST. Even Shimano stuff coming from a shop in the states and the UK should be duty free unless it was cleared as Cycling Goods instead of bicycle parts and equipment. Cycling Goods includes all sorts of things including clothes and can be charged up to 20% duty if they interpret it as clothes.
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    thanks rocky
    pretty much what i thought but hate monetary surprises

    sam

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    If you are looking for cheap bike parts, check out chain reaction cycles or wiggle in the UK.

    Shipping is free after 275$ and the prices are very good for us......just make sure to change your location and currency to Canada to avoid EU VAT taxes.

    If you are ordering from the states, make sure you ship via US postal service, UPS and Fedex can charge high brokerage fees for getting your item through customs.

    As rocky stated, no duty on bike parts.

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    The other advantage to importing via Post is that if they screw up the classification and charge duty, the form to claim a refund is on the back of the Canada Post/Canada Customs form.

    The proper tariff item # for bicycles and parts is 8714999020, and in BC that would be PST exempt (until next July).
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    Thanks all.
    I know enough to ship usps as I've been dinged with brokerage before.
    UPS charged me close to $60 + taxes on $200 worth of ski building materials.
    now I always request USPS.
    the duty question is because years ago I ordered a bivy sac from the states, duty on fabrics was 50%.
    I've been a little gun shy ever since.

    thanks again

    sam

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