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.
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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