Duty Guide for the United States
Type UPS Gen. 1.1 Style Text
Updated for FW17, this guide corrects a ton of incorrect information I put in last season's guide. This should be more accurate and comprehensive.
HTS Codes supplied by the great @CARLOOA. Many thanks, my friend!
If you're ordering anything that has a value over $800 USD, you will need to pay duties before UPS will deliver it to you. That means if you order two items in one shipment that each value $500 USD, you will need to pay duties since the total value of what's in that box is over $800. If you separate those two items into two shipments, you won't need to pay duties. Sometimes separate shipping costs can be much less than duties. Think before you order!
Acronym mothership ships UPS and they use very generic HTS codes so duties end up being very expensive. If you call UPS and notify them that the shipper is using very generic codes and that you have a more specific code, most of the time you will be able to lower the cost of your duties.
The person you call at UPS depends on the last name of the Importer (you).
Here's a list of the people at UPS you should call once you have a tracking number and the tracking indicates that duties are going to need to be paid.
If your name begins with A thru J, call
or her backup (didn't get the name)
If your name begins with K-STL
If your name begins with STM-Z
Call the Dallas office
Give them your tracking number and tell them that the shipper has specified a very generic HTS code for the product they shipped to you. As a result, the duties are artificially high. Tell them you have a more specific HTS code that more accurately describes what's in the box.
For Goretex or Windstopper jackets (J16-GT, J28-GT, J61-GT, J58-WS, J65-WS)
Stotz (cotton) jackets (J56-S, J62-S, J64TS-S)
Stotz (cotton) Pants (P23-S, P26-S)
Schoeller Dryskin pants (P23A-DS, P25H-DS)
These codes should drop the cost of duties significantly. Once you get your duties lowered, you can call UPS bill pay at 803-502-2525 to pay them.
If you saved $ and would like to tip us .
CARLOOA - 14whfHMopK1rupE9UM5NEoYndTtH8JXsp9
Me - 1FCywy3DRmbPREEWegkJH3djkxw3X4quPx