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If it is coming via US Mail...as I recall they will send you a bill for the Duty, but if it is FedEx, UPS, or DHL, I believe they have a broker that does the paperwork clearance for you for a fee. I think the Duty on most electronics is 2.5% (it has been a few years so i am not sure on the rates. If the product you are purchasing is made in USA, but sold in another Country it is free, but there is paperwork to complete to get the exemption. Not hard to do at all.
 
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Looks like harmonized tariff says:

8518.21.0000 Single loudspeakers, mounted in their enclosures 3.6%

8518.22.0000 Multiple loudspeakers, mounted in the same enclosure 3.6%

If value over $2,500 requires 01 Formal Entry, customs bond equal to value, duty & fees.

Best to ensure that the freight forwarder is also a customs broker (DHL, UPD, FedEx all have brokers) and advise them (power attorney) to file entry on your behalf.
 

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Looks like harmonized tariff says:

8518.21.0000 Single loudspeakers, mounted in their enclosures 3.6%

8518.22.0000 Multiple loudspeakers, mounted in the same enclosure 3.6%

If value over $2,500 requires 01 Formal Entry, customs bond equal to value, duty & fees.

Best to ensure that the freight forwarder is also a customs broker (DHL, UPS, FedEx all have brokers) and advise them (power attorney) to file entry on your behalf.
A little higher than i thought, but still not bad on Duty. We used to have some people come in and do their own paperwork (usually it was informal or section 321, etc. Most of the Freight Forwarders in my area do the Formal Entry for you too (they do charge you though).
 

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Looks like harmonized tariff says:
8518.21.0000 Single loudspeakers, mounted in their enclosures 3.6%
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Best to ensure that the freight forwarder is also a customs broker (DHL, UPD, FedEx all have brokers) and advise them (power attorney) to file entry on your behalf.
...Most of the Freight Forwarders in my area do the Formal Entry for you too (they do charge you though).
Thank you, your great leads are much appreciated. Now I know some of the right questions to ask the seller.
 

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I'm not that good with U.S customs but I agree that you have to pay huge amount for your purchase. It would be better to purchase within U.S because I believe that there are audio equipment that were bought from other countries like England that are being sold in U.S. also.
 

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I'm not that good with U.S customs but I agree that you have to pay huge amount for your purchase. It would be better to purchase within U.S because I believe that there are audio equipment that were bought from other countries like England that are being sold in U.S. also.
Ten years ago, I paid around $1000 to ship my 500lb mains from California. S&H for the center channel was $228 plus change from England for about 100lb freight. That's a ratio of 2:1 in both cases, so I'd say if there was a customs charge, it wasn't huge.
 
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