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US import duty - help!

Hi all

A mate and I are shipping bikes from the UK into LA later this year. We're just wondering whether we're going to get charged import duty when the bikes land in the US - I don't see why we would cos we already own the bikes?! - can anyone shed some light on this?

Thanks very much!!

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You will NOT be charged import duty.

Unless you do something monumentally stupid like

a. open your mouth or
b. open your mouth and say something like "what's the procedure if I want to sell the bike while I'm here"



You will never be charged duty entering any country in the Americas. Or anywhere else, assuming, you have a carnet when required or pay the appropriate fees for entry.

Border crossing rule #1 - keep mouth shut, only answer as much as absolutely necessary, and NEVER volunteer anything.

Border crossing rule #2 - smile a lot no matter what prats they are. Never lose your cool.

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By the way, if you come to the HU UK Travellers Meeting in June you'll get all the info you could want on all this stuff.

http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/meetings/

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Cheers Grant - I'll keep me big gob shut for the duration of any crossings - thanks very much for the reply!

We would come along to the HUBB meeting as it's exactly what we need - as luck would have it, we're due to fly out to LA on the 23rd June - argh!!

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Well that was well-timed wasn't it?

Check out the North American Meetings! Maybe one will fit in with your schedule - or of course since you aren't supposed to HAVE a schedule, you should be able to make it.



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Don't think the non-schedule for this trip lets us drop in on any of the NA meetings

...which sounds like an excuse for another trip
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