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    Quote Originally Posted by Sporro View Post
    how was the issue resolved?
    I don't know how that one was resolved, but I bought National Resophonic Uke from someone in Tasmania (his name rhymes with "Hon Plunken") sometime after that, and there was not duty fee.

    I also bought a used (Although spotless!) Timms soprano via eBay a few years ago, and again, no duty fee.

    This is all within the past 10 years, since Jon started the thread.

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    funfact: importing uke from usa to europe i have to pay extra 27% of total cost. And sadly there are only a few stores that stock good uke brands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Final_form View Post
    funfact: importing uke from usa to europe i have to pay extra 27% of total cost. And sadly there are only a few stores that stock good uke brands.
    I was just informed that an incoming package from the UK to me here in the US will cost me about $95.00 to release (UPS). It’s no 27% (!), but is a surprising [and very disappointing] first.

    I’m thinking it’s a UPS brokerage fee, and not governmental…?

    Ed.: Scratch that, I found the fine print: $37.00 UPS Brokerage Charges, $58.24 "Government Charges."



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    Quote Originally Posted by Spieler View Post

    Ed.: Scratch that, I found the fine print: $37.00 UPS Brokerage Charges, $58.24 "Government Charges."



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    But are the fees US or UK fees?
    Banjo Ukes: Southern Cross, Firefly, Stella
    Sopranos: Donaldson, Timms, Moku, Waterman, Bugsgear, Outdoor, Waverly Street, Harmony
    Concerts:Cocobolo #460 &#412, Ohana CK450QEL, CK-65D, Rosewood Vita, Mahogany Vita,
    Donaldson Custom, Epi Les Paul, National Triolian Reso, Republic
    Tenors: Kala KA-KTG-CY, KoAloha Sceptre, Fluke, Cordoba 20TM
    Bass: Fluke Timber

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    Quote Originally Posted by ksiegel View Post
    But are the fees US or UK fees?
    Looks to be US fees? From another source, albeit 3rd party and also wanting a piece of the pie:

    What is customs duty?
    You’ll need to pay customs duty (or import tax) on any goods you move across the US border from the UK, though goods from some countries are exempt due to different international trade agreements. The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) enforces customs rules.

    Customs duties vary by country of origin and type of product. You'll need to know the Harmonised Tariff Schedule or HTS code to calculate the exact rate due. CBP uses extended version of international HS codes — Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States Annotated (HTSUS).

    The minimum threshold for import tax is $800. Goods valued below that are not subject to duty.
    Which answers why I haven't run into this before-- I've not crossed the $800 threshold previously.

    The Brokerage fee is a UPS fee, and I'm assuming also a stateside service fee (though I could easily be wrong).

    From what I can (barely) tell, instead of my knowing how to file the correct paperwork to "clear the goods" and pay the accurate import fee myself, UPS handled all this for $37.00. I'm assuming this is all stateside, but have no true idea.

    Everything has gone super smoothly-- Shipped Monday, was due today but hiccuped until tomorrow-- at a reasonable *shipping* cost. This is just a surprise, is all, one I had no idea to factor in.

    ~ S.

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    Feel free to check out https://www.simplyduty.com/ for comparing fees. https://w2c.ca/en/consultation/ is also a good resource.

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    I bought a uke from the UK and had to pay an import tax of about $100 on a $2k instrument. It was done through UPS.

    Cheaper than VAT; I'm happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by necessaryrooster View Post
    I bought a uke from the UK and had to pay an import tax of about $100 on a $2k instrument. It was done through UPS.

    Cheaper than VAT; I'm happy.
    Spare a thought for us Europeans. We pay anywhere from 20% to 27% VAT + import duties on instruments coming from outside the EU...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dohle View Post
    Spare a thought for us Europeans. We pay anywhere from 20% to 27% VAT + import duties on instruments coming from outside the EU...
    I almost didn't make the purchase when I saw how much the VAT was (figured I'd have to pay something comparable in customs fees). It was a pleasant surprise for sure that it was so low. Hopefully you can make up the difference in other areas?

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