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Andrew Fox




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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2004 12:20 pm    Post subject: US import duty on Czech swords         Reply with quote

A friend and I are considering ordering a couple swords from Lutel, but he's concerned about the import duty on the pieces when they arrive here in the US. Can someone with prior experience ordering weapons from Lutel or other overseas swordsmiths share their experience with US Customs?

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2004 12:36 pm    Post subject: Re: US import duty on Czech swords         Reply with quote

Andrew Fox wrote:
A friend and I are considering ordering a couple swords from Lutel, but he's concerned about the import duty on the pieces when they arrive here in the US. Can someone with prior experience ordering weapons from Lutel or other overseas swordsmiths clarify share their experience with US Customs?

Thanks in advance! Happy


Its been about 2 years +/- since I bought from Lutel.

When I did I did NOT have to pay any import duty.

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2004 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: US import duty on Czech swords         Reply with quote

Joe Fults wrote:
Its been about 2 years +/- since I bought from Lutel.

When I did I did NOT have to pay any import duty.

Same here.

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2004 1:11 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I ordered two swords from ArmArt this year and did not have to pay any import duty.
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2004 2:04 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies! Happy
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Benjamin McCracken





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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2004 3:23 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I think the import duty that typically applies to Lutel, etc, is a British import tax. I noticed it when I was looking at gauntlets from armouronline.com I think it's called the VAT. I will do some snooping around though. You've sparked my curiosity. Good thing I'm not a cat.

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Sep, 2004 4:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

CORRECTION: the VAT (Value Added Tax) applies to other EU Countries. It appears that US citizens are exempt from the tax. I haven't found anything on US customs tax though.

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Oct, 2004 9:55 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

May be totoally unrelated. But ordered some stuff on E bay from Germany and the UK recently. Just last month. Had to pay an 18% tax there too. Now this was a fee for bank processing of US drafts.

Heck if I know. When I used Pay Pal, no problem.

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PostPosted: Sat 02 Oct, 2004 10:15 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Over the past dozen years I have made numerous purchases of a variety of consumer goods and steel products from Poland, Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and England. Not once have I been charged a US import duty for items shipped to my home. Although there may be some duties payable on steel goods, it appears that US Customs will waive those comparatively minor fees if the package is addressed to a residence. Goods shipped to businesses may be charged import duties on some of the same items, however.

Some European sellers will accept payments through American bank cards. There is typically a very small fee (less than two percent) imposed by VISA or MasterCard issuers for payments made in foreign currencies. If you are required to make payment by a wire transfer or direct bank deposit, the banking fees can be substantially higher.
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PostPosted: Sat 02 Oct, 2004 5:18 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

R. E. Oxley wrote:
I ordered two swords from ArmArt this year and did not have to pay any import duty.


you actually recieved them? Eek!

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