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I have shipped wheels out of the country and been told that the recipient was responsible for the duty charges. I never received any bill beyond what I paid when I went to the airport for my commercial shipping via the account I created with UPS.

Today I get a letter from UPS which I assume was junk mail regarding my "commercial shipping account" I created under the LLC I have (not connecting that the LLC name is not on the letter).

I see it's a bill for $12.88, which I assume is just for having my commercial account with UPS. "Wait! Duty charges? Is this from that shipment I did about a year ago now?" Nope. It's for the wheel I just had sent to me from abroad. Interesting. That one was transcontinental. I did not have to sign for it, and the UPS package was left at the door.


Now I'm wondering if I'm also going to get a fee for the wheels I just received from Canada. That one had a bill of lading with it, and I had to sign for it.

Interesting.

I simply thought I would share.

I have received many small packages from Asia, but never got anything like this. I've even sent packages to France and South America, but they were all pretty small. Perhaps it has something to do with the size of the box and the type of account used for the shipping. USPS isn't a commercial account, but FedEx and UPS can be.


Oh... This is funny. "UPS payment terms require payment if this invoice by June 23, 2013". I got it yesterday and the invoice date in June 12. Do you think they really expect me to pay this, and on time? I probably will just so I don't waste another second on it, but I doubt that with 5 days to pay that my payment will arrive on time.




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I don't think it has anything to do with the size of the package, but more to do with the customs value of the item you received. If the US import regulations are anything similar to some other countries, you can receive up to certain amount without duties and taxes. If it goes over the threshold, you pay the duties and taxes from the portion that goes over it.

As long as you check the box on the airwaybill that the recipient is responsible for all duties and taxes, you will not be charged for anything on items that you ship. On the other hand, if the person who shipped the item to you checked the same box, the bill comes to you (as is the case now, I guess...).

I ship stuff to Europe all the time and I use mainly FedEx for the smaller stuff (I get 75% discount from them) and containers for the larger items (vehicles, motors/transmissions, wheels/tires etc.) and I do not have any kind of commercial account as I do that stuff just as a hobby (which sometimes gets in the way of my day job, though...). Not doing much importing, though, so I'm not very well versed on the import regulations here.

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The value of $235.35 must have exceeded something then.


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I have shipped wheels out of the country and been told that the recipient was responsible for the duty charges. I never received any bill beyond what I paid when I went to the airport for my commercial shipping via the account I created with UPS.....
I have heard nightmare stories about shippers using UPS being charged the customs duty after the fact when the recipient doesn't want to pay it. I have no first-hand experience with this.

I have never had a problem with USPS international in any way. (Exception: small flat rate box doesn't include tracking which is NOT ok.) Sometimes the recipient doesn't like the taxes that they have to pay and sometimes the package comes back to me for that reason, but that's not my problem.

People also rave about how expensive USPS is for international and every time I compare rates (for shipping wheels for example) I _always_ end up with a better deal with USPS Priority International. This is particularly true when dealing with buyers in Australia. Australia is really expensive to ship to. Too bad buyers!

Just my 2 cents from my own experience... I don't like UPS for international.
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