In economics, a duty is a kind of tax, often associated with customs, a payment due to the revenue of a state, levied by force of law. It is a tax on certain items purchased abroad. Properly, a duty differs from a tax in being levied on specific commodities, financial transactions, estates, etc., and not on individuals; thus it is right to talk of import duties, excise duties, death or succession duties, etc., but not of income tax as being levied on a person in proportion to his incom
Agreed, mine is the short version!
LOL......thinking about it taxes my brain!
A groupset I got through Slane Cycles cost me 10% extra...the customs guys e-mailed an online form to fill in...easy...then just waited a couple of extra days for the groupset
inbox me Tim B for details
If you buy local and there is a problem it seems likely to be easier to sort out.
Would you be best to get customs advice from customs?
Ask them to ship the wheels individually.
Or lie on the declaration.
individual shipping is the best way because it doesn't involve lying.
The Customs Department are not silly, however you can still avoid customs tax:
If you order your wheels separately, even a few weeks apart, Customs may still pick up the connection and charge duty on the combined total. However, if you were to purchase the wheels separately under different names, and have them sent to different addresses, perhaps to a relative, this would overcome this problem.
I purchased a set of Zipps last year from Wiggle, and paid something like $250, or $300 Customs tax.
Customs are not legally allowed to get you even if you get the items sent a day apart. The only way would be for you to import a commercial quantity.
I have purchases several small items on ebay from different suppliers over several weeks.
Tthey all came bundled up together on the same day.
Is this a quirk of the Chinese post or is it customs monitoring import activity's?
It seems likely that they wont catch every item and there may be bigger fish to catch.
Customs will not combine your shipments. most of the time they will not even open them. A percentage will get xrayed.
Might have been Auspost in an effort to not lose it? Not sure about that though.