RJV, it costs at least US$53.03 to have a Small Box (320 x 280 x 40 mm) shipped via FedEx International Economy. One took 8 days to arrive.Don't wish to hijack this thread, but it would be really interesting/helpful if you could elaborate on your actual experience of this service. What sorts of things you purchased, whether you were able to consolidate and save on freight, whether you were hit by unexpected costs (over and above GST and 5% duties) like local delivery surcharges etc., actual shipping timing. I just ordered a complete set of after-market MB Tex seat covers (front and jump seats) for my 280SL from the USA and had some other parts sent to the upholsterer to consolidate for shipping. Saved me $300 in freight, but its not always this easy.They will send them to a freight forwarder, which is how I get my parts from them.
You can register for free and get an address in the USA. http://www.bongous.com
Alternatively, MB of South Atlanta will ship direct to you, but charge full MSRP.
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Can I suggest you start a new thread on freight consolidation for us Ozzies?
As parts bought from AU dealers are marked up by at least 100% on the US MSRP, you only have to buy $50-60 worth of parts to break even. Any more than that and you're ahead.
As long as your whole shipment is under AU$1000 in value, you don't have to pay any GST or customs fees. But if it is over $1000, you can get hit for around $300 extra in GST, customs duty, and customs clearance fees.
I buy absolutely everything I need from the USA now. Even the tiniest items, like washer pump grommets, oil drain sealing rings, screws and light bulbs. Around here, my local dealer wants $7 for a grommet, $8 for one light bulb, and $6 for a screw. I just toss them in with 9 litres of Mobil 1 - it's cheaper to airmail a case of oil than to buy it locally.