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Import duty on bikes from the USA...a question.

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Bigtallfatbloke, 8 Oct 2007.

  1. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    I know bikes are really cheap in the USA but that it attracts duty on it's import to the UK. I don't want to fly over and bring one back...besides there is a risk....and it's illegal I guess, but what if an American friend of mine brought over his own new bike (which apparently is the same model as the one I aspire to own) and happend to forget to take it home with him...or erm...lost it in my neighborhood?
     
  2. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    He came over for a cycling holiday.
    What could be more innocent?
    Years ago, I bought a Specialised S-works M3 in New York for less than half the the UK price. I had it boxed over there and brought it back through UK customs without ever being challenged even though I was fully prepared to declare it and pay vat and import duty.
    Result!
    I still have it and caress it every so often.
     
  3. papercorn2000

    papercorn2000 Senior Member

    I brought a bike back over from the US - no questions. I had to pay duty on my new groupset which was bought from e-bay, but even then, still a bargain.