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    Quote Originally Posted by DanFountain  View Original Post
    Plus, yesterday I got a bill for $14 from a customs broker...
    Out of curiosity, any idea what they listed for the Harmonized Tariff Schedule?

    (I know almost nothing about customs, but the closest thing I could find for SCUBA gear was 9506.29.00.80)

    9506.29.00.80 in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2009) Supplement 1

    "Articles and equipment for general physical exercise, gymnastics, athletics, other sports (including table-tennis) or outdoor games, not specified or included elsewhere in this chapter; swimming pools and wading pools; parts and accessories thereof: Water skis, surf boards, sailboards and other water-sport equipment; parts and accessories thereof:"
    "Other"
    "Other"

    Rates of Duty
    Type 1. General: Free
    Type 1. Special: (blank, so I believe the same as general)
    Type 2. 40%

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott  View Original Post
    Out of curiosity, any idea what they listed for the Harmonized Tariff Schedule?
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    I'll have to look and see if I have any information on that - I know all of the packaging is gone away by now. Will check.

    -Dan

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    Diving gear imported into the USA is duty free.

    Dan lives in Canada, cannot comment there.

    Even to clear a duty free shipment, a customs broker is usually needed to handle the clearance. This has been true on all of the shipments of freight I have gotten from Europe over the years. Fees usually run a twenty dollars or so for a $5000 value shipment.

    Small shipments by DHL, Fedex, and UPS as well as by ordinary mail have always been cleared without charge for customs brokerage.

    I would expect small boxes from DL to be sent in a way that avoids a customs broker. Methinks they are still on the learning curve on this.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave ******  View Original Post
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    Dan lives in Canada, cannot comment there.
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    Close! The Upper Peninsula of Michigan, actually. (Although I've been mistaken for Canadian by Canadians for my accent...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanFountain  View Original Post
    Close! The Upper Peninsula of Michigan, actually. (Although I've been mistaken for Canadian by Canadians for my accent...)

    -Dan

    Sorry Bud... Dunno how I crossed that wire.

    What shipper did they use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott  View Original Post
    Out of curiosity, any idea what they listed for the Harmonized Tariff Schedule?

    (I know almost nothing about customs, but the closest thing I could find for SCUBA gear was 9506.29.00.80)

    9506.29.00.80 in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (2009) Supplement 1

    "Articles and equipment for general physical exercise, gymnastics, athletics, other sports (including table-tennis) or outdoor games, not specified or included elsewhere in this chapter; swimming pools and wading pools; parts and accessories thereof: Water skis, surf boards, sailboards and other water-sport equipment; parts and accessories thereof:"
    "Other"
    "Other"

    Rates of Duty
    Type 1. General: Free
    Type 1. Special: (blank, so I believe the same as general)
    Type 2. 40%

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    -Scott
    had a meeting with customs today...

    seems that 9506.... is not correct, as if you read further, it excludes specifically breathing apparatus using compressed air or oxygen

    seems that it must be 9020.000 if you look into one of the chapters it specifies breathing apparatus used for diving

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    Quote Originally Posted by paulraymaekers  View Original Post
    had a meeting with customs today...

    seems that 9506.... is not correct, as if you read further, it excludes specifically breathing apparatus using compressed air or oxygen

    seems that it must be 9020.000 if you look into one of the chapters it specifies breathing apparatus used for diving

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    Thank you Paul.. I stand corrected.

    While I couldn't find where it excludes breather apparatus using compressed gases, I went and looked at 9020 and it does seem more appropriate:

    9020.00.40.00
    "Other breathing applicances and gas masks, excluding protective masks having neither mechanical parts nor replaceable filters; parts and accessories thereof:"
    "Underwater breathing devices designed as a complete unit to be carried on the person and not requiring attendants"

    On the Harmonized Tariff Scheudle of the United States (2010) it is still listed as "Free" for Rate of Duty type 1 General, blank for type 1 Special, but is lower at 27.5% for type 2.




    Quote Originally Posted by Dave ******  View Original Post
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    Even to clear a duty free shipment, a customs broker is usually needed to handle the clearance. This has been true on all of the shipments of freight I have gotten from Europe over the years. Fees usually run a twenty dollars or so for a $5000 value shipment.
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    Dave

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    I realize that, but thank you for spelling it out in the thread. I was specifically wondering about the Harmonized Tariff Code. From my understanding, if you leave it blank, the Custom Brokers put what they think is most appropriate, which may be incorrect as well, and result in a duty fee.

    Regards,

    Scott

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    Re: Import/Export/Tariff/Shipping Fees

    These were originally on the APOC thread but was worthy of having it's own thread.

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    Re: Import/Export/Tariff/Shipping Fees

    Yep ... 9020 is the correct code, that is what I import all my units under and have done for years.

    $20 broker fees ... Christ I wish. ... regards Baz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave ******  View Original Post
    What shipper did they use?

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    It was shipped via DPD, a UK shipper. Didn't see who handled it on this end - my wife took the delivery & she was too busy keeping the dog from biting the guy to notice what kind of truck he was driving...

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