The US import duty rate for guitar effects is generally 2.7%, but there are exceptions. For example, if the pedal is being imported from Canada or Mexico then it's usually exempt under NAFTA. If the pedal was previously exported from the US then it's usually exempt from re-import duties. A lot depends on the carrier the exporter selects to ship with, and how they declare the item on the customs forms.Was thinking about getting a tanabe dumkudo. Is there an import duty coming into the US?
I think most Americans probably fall into the "cool cuz it saved me a couple bucks" category. For this reason I don't feel compelled to do anything about it, like reporting a foreign company that lies on it's customs forms. The guy who ordered the product was probably happy that they lied about it because it saved him some money, and he originally bought the item from the foreign company because it was cheaper than the American made alternative. I can't compete head on with those Asian companies because my overhead is far higher than theirs, and I'm not going to endear myself to American buyers by doing things to make it harder or more expensive to buy from the cheaper foreign supplier, though it wouldn't break my heart if the US government decided to do this.virtually every Chinese seller/distributor I've bought from (5 or 6) has, without prompting or suggestion by me, marked the item as a 'gift' or more frequently as a 'sample', so they can get around US import regs.
At first I didn't notice, then I thought it was cool cuz it saved me a couple bucks, but nowadays I'm pissed at the practice because it's just not right and I'm making it tougher for US makers to compete.
Don't let Europeans ship you anything by courier, only by mail, or you will get socked with large random bills by Fedex, UPS, etc
I wish I would have seen this about 2 hours ago... I just paied to have this pedal expedited by FedEx. The website says that through regular post, they won't insure the pedal but by FedEx they will...Don't let Europeans ship you anything by courier, only by mail, or you will get socked with large random bills by Fedex, UPS, etc.
I can vouch for that. Not just Europe, but anywhere outside the U.S. FedEx and UPS are reasonable options within the Continental U.S. But the large random bill Mike mentioned is a Customs duty. But if something is shipped by mail, it is received in the U.S. by the United States Postal Service (a government agency), so it essentially bypasses the Customs transfer that the couriers have to go through. FedEx is particularly brutal for some reason... The one exception I've found is DHL. I've received overseas shipments through DHL without incurring any additional charges for some reason.Don't let Europeans ship you anything by courier, only by mail, or you will get socked with large random bills by Fedex, UPS, etc.
I live in Canada and I've had to pay exorbitant fees to FedEx and UPSEven with no customs fees, UPS, FEDEX, or DHL often mails me a $40 bill for their paperwork handling, to carry the pedal through customs. Thanks!