I purchased a 7 string from Australia, import fees?

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  1. Obscurabeast2002

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    I live in US, CA and just recently purchased a 7 string guitar valued at $1350 usd from Reverb, from a seller in Australia. I've heard that import fees may be charged to me when the item arrives. Is there any way I might not get a fee? And if I do, how much will it be? I'm new to buying big items outside the country. If anyone has any experience with this, pls post a comment.
     
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    In my experience it's a total crapshoot. I've ordered items from from the same country with and with any kind of import fees.
     
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    Same experience here. It varies greatly for whatever reasons.
     
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    I looked up the duty rates for guitars from Australia to the US. Australia has a special rate of zero. So there is no duty for electric guitars from Australia. However, if the guitar is shipped via one of the large shipping services like FedEx, they may still stick you with a brokerage fee. In my experience this is typically $60-80. Shipping via EMS does not have this problem but EMS is constrained currently due to lack of international air travel. Things are taking much longer via EMS.
     
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    ask the seller, they gets those questions all the time.
    sometimes i didn't have to pay anything else, when the guitar was declared as a gift or of low value. but i'm in europe...
     
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    I have had a few items received from out of country lately, but only remember having to pay like $16 some years ago on a guitar. My Steavens Poundcake came from Australia late last year and I had no customs fees.
     
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    Seems to be totally random. Weirdest experience I've had with it was when I ordered a violin from China. USPS brought it to my door and wanted a check for customs duties before they'd hand it over. I've received brokerage bills before but never had someone come to the door asking for payment. The delivery person seemed as confused as I was.
     
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    Were you forced to pay on the spot, what if you dont have cash at hand??
     
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    they take it back to the post office and you have to pick it up from there after payment.
     
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    Yep, luckily I had a check and they took that. They weren't able to accept a card for payment but that was ~5 years ago so it may be different now.
     
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    Would be my worst case scenario, especially with this coronavirus thing .
     
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    I paid 6% shipped from Belgium.
     
  13. Obscurabeast2002

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    How much was that in $$ if you dont mind my asking?
     
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    Guitar was $2,527.17 (converted from euros). DHL import tax was $126.42 so 5% actually. Even better!
     
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    There is no way to tell. I've had guitars come in with no charges, and others I have to pay (speaking from both the US and Canada). It's seemingly entirely arbitrary.
     

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