How does paying customs work for international items?

  1. **mods - feel free to move this if it's in the wrong place**

    Just curious: I've never purchased anything from overseas before (I am in the US) but have recently thought about it. One problem: I have no idea how customs works. How do customs fees get applied? How do you know how much you have to pay (if any) for them to release your item? I might get a great bargain buying overseas, but I don't want customs to nail me in the :censor: .

    Any stories/tips to share? TYIA!! :flowers:
  2. i'm curious to know as well
  3. With LVR shipments, FedEx sends you an invoice for the import fees. Usually runs about 8%.
  4. Shipper has to declare the item and value...........