Shipping i3 MK3S+ to US  

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nochkin
(@nochkin)
Active Member

Hello there,

I feel like being ready for it and so I'm considering purchasing my own Original Prusa i3 MK3S+ Kit, but worried about the customs fees when shipped to US.

Is there anyone who ordered MK3S+ Kit shipped to US recently? How was it shipped (which carrier) and if any customs fee were applied to it upon delivery? If someone ordered MK3S+ Kit with both plates, that would be interesting too.

Thanks in advance.

Posted : 14/05/2021 3:14 am
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member

If you go 800 or more, you are rolling the dice on being taxed.  

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Chuck H
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Posted : 14/05/2021 3:21 am
Dan Rogers
(@dan-rogers)
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Chuck's right.  If you go for the kit, you skirt just under the customs "he's gonna print a ghost gun" nazi inspection.  Otherwise expect a secret service visit before you get a delivery.

Posted : 14/05/2021 3:33 am
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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@dan-rogers

Funny, but somewhat true.  

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Chuck H
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Posted : 14/05/2021 3:36 am
nochkin
(@nochkin)
Active Member

Thanks a lot for responding.

 But how dicey is the dice? I mean how many chances and if I got hit by the customs, how much is that?

Also, what carrier is being used when shipped to US? Is that rolling a dice too? I'm sure they have some specific carrier for that purpose.

I was hoping someone had a recent experience with that.

Posted : 14/05/2021 3:50 am
tentaclejoe
(@tentaclejoe)
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I got mine (kit) a few months ago. They shipped Fedex, super fast to Los Angeles. It only took a few days to get here and I was not charged any fees. I only ordered 1 sheet with the kit and ordered a second sheet separately which only took 3 days to get to me. 

Posted : 14/05/2021 6:42 am
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My printer arrived duty free. Many items shipped to the US are not subject to duty, electronics like the printer is one of them, cameras another.

There's a web site maintained by the treasury (customs) you can search through to find out specifically. It's been years, so I can't point you at it. You might want to start here if you are concerned:

https://www.cbp.gov/trade/basic-import-export/internet-purchases

 

Posted : 14/05/2021 8:14 am
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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@tentaclejoe

Was your total over $800?  That is the key question.  

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Chuck H
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Posted : 14/05/2021 10:16 am
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
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@tim-2

People have reported being taxed on printers so that is not entirely true.  I have never been taxed.  The enforcement increase has been mostly in the last 6-8 months.   

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Chuck H
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Posted : 14/05/2021 10:18 am
fuchsr
(@fuchsr)
Prominent Member

When I ordered my last Mk3S, it was prebuilt plus some other stuff, so north of $1000. Fedex sent me a tax bill a few weeks after delivery. I can't recall how much it was but I guess it was around $100. The last Mini I bought, no taxes. As @cwbullet said, the cutoff seems to be somewhere around $800 of value imported.

Posted : 14/05/2021 12:03 pm
jsw
 jsw
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Noble Member

When I ordered mine, I ordered the kit and the odds and ends separately.  There was, at the time, a notice on the Prusa web site to avoid orders over a certain amount to the States to avoid fees.  At the time, the MK3S kit, alone, was under the limit.

Of course the shipment with the odds and ends arrived a week before the printer kit.  😉

Posted : 14/05/2021 12:10 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member

@fuchsr

That is about want I paid for a non-printer purchase.  

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Chuck H
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Posted : 14/05/2021 1:40 pm
nochkin
(@nochkin)
Active Member

That was informative and I got the info I needed. Thank you everyone who chimed in, I appreciate your input.

I guess I'll just stay with the kit without the second plate.

Posted : 14/05/2021 3:15 pm
tentaclejoe
(@tentaclejoe)
Active Member
Posted by: @cwbullet

@tentaclejoe

Was your total over $800?  That is the key question.  

Mine was $798

Posted : 14/05/2021 3:32 pm
nochkin
(@nochkin)
Active Member

@tentaclejoe,

I decided to stick with your option and stay below $800 by ordering a bare Kit only without the second plate I wanted initially.

I just placed the order. Yoo-hoo! I'm sure the coming 2-3 weeks will drive me crazy waiting.

Posted : 14/05/2021 4:36 pm
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Weird - it probably depends more on what the bill of lading says is inside the box than anything else. My purchase was well over $1,000 and I did not pay any taxes.  And that not the only time I've brought large purchases across the border - both shipped in and in luggage. Some items are exempt. 

Posted : 14/05/2021 5:45 pm
nochkin
(@nochkin)
Active Member

@tim-2,

Of course, it depends on what's in the declaration. This is the reason why I asked the question here to find out about the most recent experience if anyone had.

Posted : 14/05/2021 5:50 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member

@tim-2

It depends on when it was shipped and what is on the declaration.  US customs is cracking down on shippers and enforcing the tax more in the last six months but it is not 100 percent.  

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Chuck H
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Posted : 14/05/2021 7:40 pm
tentaclejoe
(@tentaclejoe)
Active Member
Posted by: @nochkin

@tentaclejoe,

I decided to stick with your option and stay below $800 by ordering a bare Kit only without the second plate I wanted initially.

I just placed the order. Yoo-hoo! I'm sure the coming 2-3 weeks will drive me crazy waiting.

I had a 5 week lead time but once it was shipped it got to me in a few days. It took me 16 hours to build though but I took my time 🙂

Posted : 14/05/2021 7:45 pm
cwbullet
(@cwbullet)
Illustrious Member

@tentaclejoe

798 would not be import taxable.  

This post was modified 4 weeks ago by cwbullet
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Chuck H
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Posted : 14/05/2021 7:47 pm
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