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Old 01-22-2014, 09:16 PM   #1
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Duties on Gear ordered from biker-land_de

Looking at a set of SiDi's from biker-land_de Ebay store and curious if anyone here has experience ordering from them and if you had full duties applied based on seller's description of the goods...

I'm in Canada, but US experiences would be relevant too...

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:01 AM   #2
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Don't know how accurate this is

http://www.dutycalculator.com/
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:27 AM   #3
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None, shipped to the US.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:01 AM   #4
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No duty paid on riding gear, shipped to the US. biker-land.de has their German shipper clear customs in Germany, and then hand off to the USPS (US domestic postal service). My understanding of how biker-land label product is as protective gear, and there is no duty (for the US).

When I ordered with a different German company, the package was handed off to UPS (big brown), who contacted ME to ask what was in the package and assessed an over $100 duty on riding gear. You do NOT want the package to be delivered in-country by UPS.

I cannot sing the praises of biker-land and Isabella enough. She and Mario just GET customer service.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:58 AM   #5
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You do NOT want the package to be delivered in-country by UPS.
I'd say you don't want any packages delivered by UPS at all!

This company doesn't deserve our money, even for domestic delivery...there are too many horror stories (I can add mines) about this company.
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Old 01-23-2014, 03:46 PM   #6
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Looking at a set of SiDi's from biker-land_de Ebay store and curious if anyone here has experience ordering from them and if you had full duties applied based on seller's description of the goods...

I'm in Canada, but US experiences would be relevant too...

Thanks in advance.
I have ordered from Biker-land to Canada. Great folks to deal with. Canadian customs dinged my with duties and taxes
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:12 PM   #7
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No duty paid on riding gear, shipped to the US. biker-land.de has their German shipper clear customs in Germany, and then hand off to the USPS (US domestic postal service). My understanding of how biker-land label product is as protective gear, and there is no duty (for the US).

When I ordered with a different German company, the package was handed off to UPS (big brown), who contacted ME to ask what was in the package and assessed an over $100 duty on riding gear. You do NOT want the package to be delivered in-country by UPS.

I cannot sing the praises of biker-land and Isabella enough. She and Mario just GET customer service.
Although I rarely agree with Lilolita, she is dead right on this.. avoid UPS at all costs.. biker-land has it all figured out.. no duty on my Sidi Goretex Adventures I bought from them.
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Old 01-23-2014, 05:17 PM   #8
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Helmet, jacket and boots all from Biker Land de in three separate purchases over two years. No duty in USA. DHL delivered. UPS=the evil empire now?

Several years ago I did get a package from Germany using UPS and did pay $78 duty, too tired to fight it. Had to hand the UPS guy a check at the door. Even the driver was embarrassed.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:05 PM   #9
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I've ordered jackets, pants, and a helmet from vendors like Biker-Land and FC-Moto and have always had good experiences and never any taxes or duties due (products shipped to the US via DHL/USPS).
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Old 01-25-2014, 09:45 AM   #10
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I've had great customer service from Bikerland-de, but once I upgraded the shipping and got whacked with a runaround by customs/UPS and cost a bundle. pain in the ass. Now Revzilla handles Rukka and anything you could source on this continent I think you would be better off handling it here. ease of returns, warranty, sizing, etc.

the shipping issue had nothing to with Bikerland-de...
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Old 01-25-2014, 01:53 PM   #11
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Be sure to ask for DHL (which gets handed over to the post office for local delivery). I have bought three jackets and a helmet from Biker Land and never had to pay any custom's fees. This was in the US, don't know about Canada.


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Old 01-25-2014, 09:55 PM   #12
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Anything that gets delivered to the buyer via USPS is automatially duty free, regardless of the country of origin. Same goes for Canada Post.
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:56 PM   #13
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I've never ordered from Biker-land, but ordered from FC Moto 3 or 4 time , they shipped with DHL/Canada post to my UPS mailbox address, never paid any duty fee just %13 tax plus some thing like $10 handling fee.
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Old 01-28-2014, 01:01 PM   #14
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Anything that gets delivered to the buyer via USPS is automatially duty free, regardless of the country of origin. Same goes for Canada Post.
Well, it's not that simple.
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Old 01-28-2014, 07:41 PM   #15
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All items are duty free from Germany. Your only concern is the country you live in. If you ship something to a German, it goes to the Customs office. They call the individual to come pay VAT, 19%, on the value of the item, and they can then take it home. VAT is 19-24% across Europe from a stick of gum to an Automobile.
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