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Twisted Throttle - Duties and Shipping

Hello All,

New to the forum, awesome information on here. Just bought a V about a month ago, nice bike. Looking to get some hard luggage for it and was thinking of going with the Givi luggage and SW-Motech quicklock hardware. I'm located in Prince Edward Island, Canada and was looking at getting the hardware shipped up from the states. I can get the luggage at a dealer here for 15% off.

The question is: has anyone ever got stuff shipped up from the states and had to pay duty on it? I heard that as long as it is listed as motorcycle parts, duty does not apply.

Here's the breakdown of what twistedthrottle quoted me on luggage and hardware:

(1)KFT.08.603.150 SW-MOTECH Quick-Lock Sidecarrier (Kawasaki
Versys 650, '07-'09) Contour Carrier for Givi V35 PLX cases $229.99

(2)Givi V35 Givi V35 PLX Sidecases/Saddlebags (pair) - 35
liters/case $490.50

(3)GPT.08.391.100BR01 SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack Toprack (Kawasaki ER6F /
ER6N, '06-'08, Ninja 650R, '06-'08 & Versys 650, '07-'09) for Givi, TraX
ALU-BOX, & Krauser topcases $149.99

(4)GPT.00.152.405 SW-MOTECH Alu-Rack Topcase Adapter Plate (GIVI /
Kappa Monokey) $35.00

(5)Givi V46 Givi V46 Monokey Topcase (ea) - 46 liters/case $245.70

(6)[optional]QLS.00.046.100 SW-MOTECH Keyed Locking Quick-Lock
Fasteners (pair) $39.99

Subtotal: $1,191.17
Shipping and handling: $122.80 (via USPS Priority Mail
Total: $1,313.97

The dealer on PEI quoted me the following in Canadian $:
Monorack 076-FZ447 $119.99
Monokey Plate 076-M5 $59.99
Monokey Side Bags V35 076-800 $549.99
V35 Mount 076-PLX447 $229.99
V46 Monokey Top Bag 076-500 $349.99
Backrest pad 076-E95S $79.99
All prices are retail plus tax but I can do 15% off all of it for you.
$1365 Taxes in.

Any suggestions or comments would be helpful.

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Be very careful........

Watch out for duties.

When I receive packages from the US, and they were shipped via UPS, I always get charged $35.00 duty (TAX). An $8 part can end up costing $43!!!! Only happened once.

If however, I use US post no duty is charged.


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With today's conversion rate, Twisted Throttle's price is $1379.80 CAN.
Why not just order it from the local dealer and let him eat the shipping cost?

It seems to me that either you pay the local guy taxes, or Twisted Throttle shipping, then duty.

Maybe I'm missing something ?

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Pitch the lower price to your local dealer. In this economy, he may price match the US price and you will still save shipping and duty hassles. I have been keeping an eye on ebay and LOTS of sellers on there have BUY NOW or MAKE OFFER buttons on auctions. And they are taking offers...LOL

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I would support your local dealer! The price difference is very minimal. I have a dealer here in Ontario that will bend over backwards to match all the online stores. If you get into a good customer relationship with your local dealer it could pay off in the long run, has for me. Plus you’re supporting your local economy. I will shop elsewhere to save a substantial amount of money but try to shop at home if the differance is minimal. Also, “duty Free” between Canada and US is only on products manufactured in our Countries. I once bought a product from south of the border and ended up paying hundreds more than originally expected because it was made in Europe.
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No duty on motorcycle parts. Canada Post will pick it up from USPS at the border, then you only pay either $5.00 or $8.00 handling fee plus taxes on total amount for the value of products as declared by Twisted Throttle... To save on taxes, you can ask Twisted Throttle if they can ship it all at a lesser declared value, and email the actual receipt to you.
UPS would add a large brokerage and handling fee. FedEx, Purolator and others also add a brokerage charge, but Canada Post always only adds $5.00 or $8.00 handling fee to taxes. There still can't be a duty fee added to motorcycle parts. There is a high rate of duty an apparel and clothing, but you can throw a pair of gloves in the order of mainly motorcycle parts without having to pay duty, although I wouldn't put UPS past it.

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I just did a similar purchase. I ordered the Givi stuff from the local dealer as there is a Canadian distributor (Importations Thibault Ltd / and it was cheaper to do it that way (no shipping charges). I ordered the SW Motech racks from Twisted Throttle and had them shipped to the UPS store (I live near the border, not an option in PEI). The local Yamaha dealer will always match the prices I can get from the states so I usually order the Twisted Throttle stuff through them (same price basically). BTW, Item # 6 on your list should not be optional, you can remove the racks and bags together with a quarter ($0.25) without it. I have had that part on order since early April.

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I buy local if I can but only if it works out. I have been screwed by everyone except United States Postal Service (USPS). Once had about a 3LB package worth $100 with both UPS and fedex, they charged me about $50 for their fees. Fees that USPS wouldn't have charged or they would have been minimal.
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Check with Tony @ bluestreak racing ... he can get you some pretty aggressive pricing on Givi Bags Etc ....

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If you can, avoid UPS
Had a few problem on order delivered by them
65+ bucks fee (duty and admin fee and some other fee) for a 125$ jacket
Better know in advance what they are going to charge you
Instead go for USPS, much cheaper and could take the same time to get to your door step
I simply don't order anymore if the seller is not going with USPS !!!

Or better yet, as suggested by a few, go local
For $50 - $100 difference on a $1000+ order, it's worth leaving a bit of money where you live
Probably will come back somehow locally

Just my 02 cents

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I bought the same Givi top case, the Givi mounting rack, and heated grips from Twisted Throttle back in early April. I used USPS, not UPS. For some reason Canada Post delivered the 2 boxes a week apart. Even though both boxes were shipped From Twisted Throttle at the same time. The first box came to the house. I had to go and pick up the second box at the postal outlet, and had to pay $37 for a brokerage or customs fee of some sort.

If I'm not mistaken, I think our dollar was closer to par with the US dollar when I bought. That, and Givi Canada didn't have a top case mounting rack in stock for the Versys when I was looking to buy.
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