If we're doing the release-prep posts now might as well get this one out of the way. US duties cheat codes.
If you order a jacket valuing over $800 from Acronym and you live in the USA, you'll be paying painfully high duties.
HOW TO LOWER YOUR DUTIES IF YOU LIVE IN THE USA
UPS Brokerage accounting department 866-493-7140
Give them your tracking number and tell them that you have a package due to arrive and it isn't classified as specifically as it should be. And as a result of its vague classification, the duties are set way too high. This is actually true.
They might be able to change the classification right then and there, but sometimes they will tell you that you need to speak to the agent in charge of your package and they will give you the number for that office. If they don't just call the Dallas office. They usually have their shit together there.
UPS Shipping and logistics Dallas office 972-304-6978
If you give them your tracking number they should direct you to an agent in charge of your package. Explain to them your situation. They will probably give you a classification that Acronym specified (6203.33.xxxx) which has a duty rate of 27% which is insanely high. Tell them that the classification is not necessarily incorrect, but it's just not specific enough. Give your agent the following classification numbers:
6201.99.8010 - for Cotton (Stotz)
6201.99.8020 - for Wool (LP - that would be a pleasant surprise)
6201.99.8030 - for synthetics (SS, WS or GT)
This changes your rate to something like 4% and saves you hundreds of dollars.
Once your agent confirms the rate change...
UPS bill pay - 803-502-2525. Call these people and pay your lowered duties.
Much thanks again to CARLOOA for tracking down those classification numbers.