Importing costs: Sidi Adventure Gore Tex to US

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by a.c.s., Jul 8, 2011.

  1. a.c.s.

    a.c.s. Complaining less

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    For those of you who've imported the Sidi Adventure Gore Tex boots from the UK, or Germany, I am wondering how much you paid for customs/duties/import taxes.

    It seems hit or miss whether some people are charged, and even if you are charged, it seems like you'd still save a few bucks. From what I can tell on the customs website, you may charged up to 35% of the declared value of the boots bringing the price quite close to what I could buy them for here in the states ($625).

    eg, on ebay you can get them for $409 + $61 for shipping, and a potential $143 for tarrifs/etc, totalling $613.

    So, if you'd be so kind, would you please share your experiences?

    Thanks!
    -acs
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  2. lhendrik

    lhendrik Truffle Rustler

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    I will cautiously say that I have paid as much as $60 for a $400 item from Europe and as little as $0.00 for a $1,600 riding suit. No idea why or how it works. The $60 was passed on to me by UPS driver at delivery. The $0.00 was on an order from Germany, delivered by DHL. Go figure.
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  3. eddyturn

    eddyturn Wannabe

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    I will note that bringing boots from EU seems to be the reason for the fee. I can order skis from a site and pay no fee but if I order the ski boots from them, I get whacked to the tune of about $43. Maybe Customs has a foot fetish.
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  4. BeachMoto

    BeachMoto Been here awhile

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    Same here. I have paid handsomely (import taxes, that is) for watches that I bought from European dealers (Switzerland and Germany) but didn't have to pay anything for a helmet and a suit from our Biker friends in Deutschland.

    The only common denominator seems to be the shipping company. I have always had to pay when FedEx was involved but not DHL. May be that is the trick, insist on DHL, I believe US Postal service does their delivery in the States.
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  5. Reverse

    Reverse Armchair Tough

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    Order my suit from Germany: no fee, deliverd through DHL and USPS.

    When ordering from Europe, make sure you are not charged VAT. All prices in Europe are always inclusive of VAT unless otherwise noted. That alone will cut the bill by about 20% from list price. More than makes up for shipping on pricier items.
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  6. vuugti

    vuugti Pretty much...

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    Charged zero VAT at fcmoto. Saved 150 bucks on a pair of sidis vs. the US price.
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  7. a.c.s.

    a.c.s. Complaining less

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    Thank you for the replies!

    I think I'm going to pull the trigger on them.

    -acs
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  8. a.c.s.

    a.c.s. Complaining less

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    OK, so the Sidi Adventure Gore Tex boots arrived today; $23.44 in brokerage fees charged by UPS. They fit great and give me a whole lot more protection than what I had from my Marine Corps Infantry Combat Boots.

    Too bad that the US Web stores aren't more competitive in their pricing; I would've loved to buy them state-side, but I now have another $150 to put into some other well needed gear... :deal

    Perhaps though, I don't understand the costs involved for US distributors to sell this product and they are being reasonable in their prices... :ear

    Either way, these seem like quality boots that'll last me a few years. Glad I bought them.

    -acs
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  9. keiji

    keiji Long timer

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    If I recall, the Gore-tex version is so expensive because of import taxes on leather. Gore requires boots to have a certain percent of real leather to use their membrane, and the government taxes heavily for that, giving you the price you see now (according to the importer in the Sidi Adventure Boot thread).

    Only a few things can happen from this situation:
    People keep buying from out of country because it is cheaper, and the importers stop importing the things we want because they cannot compete.

    or

    Sidi restricts their dealers from shipping to countries outside of their locale.

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  10. Shane Stump

    Shane Stump Been here awhile

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    Here is my experience ordering stuff from FC-Moto.de (NO GUARANTEE it will be this way with you):

    1) If you have it shipped via UPS, you will be GETTING a hefty customs charge from UPS.

    2) If you have it shipped via DHL, it will be handed off to the USPS and you will NOT be ____KED with an extra LARGE charge!

    Best Regards,

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  11. Shane Stump

    Shane Stump Been here awhile

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    Did you have it shipped UPS or DHL? If UPS, you may be getting a "surprise" in the mail from UPS like I did when I ordered my Rev'it riding suit thinking I saved a few $$$ (Savings when from $300 to $30)!

    Best Regards,

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  12. MeanStreaker

    MeanStreaker KLR > Pee-wee's Bike

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    I have to tell you, I have the regular US version, and I even bought them used so they're secondhand to me...

    They have been 100% waterproof through (highlights):

    -Walking 25 yards through a moving creek that came halfway up my shin
    -Riding KLR through that creek
    -Riding KLR on the interstate at 65mph for over an hour through a *serious* storm. Raining and blowing so hard at times, I probably should've pulled over.
    -Many more small water crossings and several lighter rain showers.

    Maybe I got lucky, but my non-Goretex ones are 100% waterproof so far.
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  13. BajaRat

    BajaRat Been here awhile

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    I am here in Germany and was checking out sources for Sidi ADV's and came across a business:

    Biker-Land.de

    http://www.biker-land.de/Boots/waterproof/SIDI-ADVENTURE-Gore-Tex-boots.html

    They currently have sizes: 40,41,43,44,46 in stock with 1-2 week delivery.

    Price w/o VAT to US customers €226.05
    Shipping Via Deutsche Post € 39.90 (To Texas zip)
    Total landed in Texas $377.34. (with today's exchange rate :(

    Deutsche Post ships to US via DHL

    I have no affiliation or buying experience from Biker-Land.de but their website is very well organized and is presented in English so my buying experience was super easy. This is where I am going to order my boots from.... :)

    Racking up the kM's on my Super Ténéré and diggin' it !
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  14. dmann

    dmann Carpe DM

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    Thanks BajaRat! I just ordered a pair in size 43. Great deal, if it all works out ok. Cost me $391 with today's exchange rate, saving me $234 over Stateside. Keeping my fingers crossed that DHL doesn't spring any surprise charges on me, though consensus seems to think they won't.
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  15. BajaRat

    BajaRat Been here awhile

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    Nice dmann !

    Their site and checkout process is VERY professional, perfect English translation, etc...

    I also ordered my boots and the price to me in Deutschland was $5 MORE than to you in the US because of the feckin' 19% VAT here in the EU ! And that was with shipping included in the price of the boots as shipping is free within Deutschland.
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  16. bodhizafa

    bodhizafa How hard can it be?

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    How did this work out? Were they delivered ok without the extra charges? I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on them. :ear
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  17. DLH

    DLH Lurch the Lurker

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    Timely Info!
    I was looking for a new pair of riding boots and really liked the Sidi Adventure GoreTex--until I saw the price being asked here in the states.
    Ended up ordering a pair from FC-Moto.de and had them shipped via DHL. Only paid for product and shipping--no duties or taxes. Quick shipment and e-mails letting me know status.
    $387.00 OTD
    Love this site...thanks for the info!!!
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  18. hardroadking

    hardroadking Been here awhile

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    How did it work out dmann. did you get any follow up bills for taxes or misc expenses on the boots
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  19. Orangeshirtdude

    Orangeshirtdude Fight the Power Commander

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    I had to write UPS a check for $44 at the time of delivery. Getting the boots to my door from the UK cost around $500 total. Still cheaper than $650 here domestically.
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  20. Slowphil

    Slowphil REALLY Gnarly Adventurer

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