Ordering bike parts from the US to Europe?

Discussion in 'Road Cycling' started by Antti Salonen, Feb 14, 2003.

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  1. I've been considering ordering some bike parts from the US, which don't seem to be available in
    Europe. The weak dollar has made this more lucrative than it has been for many years. Velocity rims
    for example seem to be impossible to find in Europe, or can somebody here name a shop that sells
    them inside the EU?

    Anyway:

    Do the prices of the shops in the US generally include VAT? Is VAT deducted from the price I have to
    pay? As I understand it, I should only have to pay VAT in my own country, which I have to do in
    customs. For example, if you order from the great already cheap German mail order shops to the US,
    17% VAT is deducted from the prices.

    Anything else I should be aware of?

    -as
     
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  2. Antti Salonen <[email protected]> wrote:
    : Do the prices of the shops in the US generally include VAT?

    AFAIK webstores are free from VAT in most states (notice the 'blah blah state residents add
    hair-rising 4% sales tax' you see on many sites).

    : Is VAT deducted from the price I have to pay? As I understand it, I should only have to pay VAT in
    : my own country, which I have to do in customs.

    Yes, you have to pay VAT in addition to the price. And customs too. And they are all multiplied
    together. For t-shirts I had to pay 37% extra, and I had to sign a warrant so that they are not for
    resale (after some questioning).

    PS. They probably already know you are a bicyclist, but I hear there are some jobs you can get even
    if you have a SuPo record.

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  3. if you're looking for velocity rims, why don't you order them directly from Australia - that's where
    they come from.... they're a lot cheaper than any mavic rim here, and out dollar is not flash
    either. Gemma

    "Antti Salonen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > I've been considering ordering some bike parts from the US, which don't seem to be available in
    > Europe. The weak dollar has made this more lucrative than it has been for many years. Velocity
    > rims for example seem to be impossible to find in Europe, or can somebody here name a shop that
    > sells them inside the EU?
    >
    > Anyway:
    >
    > Do the prices of the shops in the US generally include VAT? Is VAT deducted from the price I have
    > to pay? As I understand it, I should only have to pay VAT in my own country, which I have to do in
    > customs. For example, if you order from the great already cheap German mail order shops to the US,
    > 17% VAT is deducted from the prices.
    >
    > Anything else I should be aware of?
    >
    >
    > -as
     
  4. Gemma Kernich <[email protected]> wrote:

    > if you're looking for velocity rims, why don't you order them directly from Australia - that's
    > where they come from.... they're a lot cheaper than any mavic rim here, and out dollar is not
    > flash either.

    That is a good suggestion. Can you recommend a reliable web store that ships to Europe?

    -as
     
  5. Just Zis Guy

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    On 14 Feb 2003 17:09:28 GMT, Antti Salonen <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Do the prices of the shops in the US generally include VAT? Is VAT deducted from the price I have
    >to pay? As I understand it, I should only have to pay VAT in my own country, which I have to do in
    >customs. For example, if you order from the great already cheap German mail order shops to the US,
    >17% VAT is deducted from the prices.

    From personal experience, small parcels will probably slip through the net if sent by USPS but
    anything sent by courier is likely to arrive wih an invoice from Customs & Excise for duty *and* VAT
    (which is also charged on the duty, adding insult to injury).

    Harris Cyclery (http://www.sheldonbrown.com) is one place I've bought from, and I've bought some
    second hand books from the USA (which has been painless). Oh, and some dogtags - following a
    suggestion hereabouts - which was a great idea.

    Guy
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  6. >Oh, and some dogtags - following a suggestion hereabouts - which was a great idea.

    I am sure that was purely American humour, as you are still posting.

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  7. Just zis Guy, you know? <[email protected]> wrote:

    > From personal experience, small parcels will probably slip through the net if sent by USPS but
    > anything sent by courier is likely to arrive wih an invoice from Customs & Excise for duty *and*
    > VAT (which is also charged on the duty, adding insult to injury).

    That's exactly what you need to pay here as well. However, rims might be make a very small parcel,
    and to my experience, our customs personnel might be more careful than yours.

    > Harris Cyclery (http://www.sheldonbrown.com) is one place I've bought from, and I've bought some
    > second hand books from the USA (which has been painless). Oh, and some dogtags - following a
    > suggestion hereabouts - which was a great idea.

    At least in .fi, if you order goods valued more than $50 or so you must pay customs fees. For books
    however, the the limit is around $120. It's actually a lot more complicated than that, and I get the
    idea that the intention is to scare people from even trying.

    -as
     
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