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Import Duties/Taxes on Instrument Imported to US?

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Posted by Pete G on November 10, 2001 at 11:34:55:

If you buy an instrument from a foreign dealer or maker by mail or internet, and it is shipped to you in the US from another country, do you have to pay some sort of duty or customs or excise tax or charge on the imported instrument?

If so, how is it assessed and collected, and by whom?

And does it make any difference if it's a new instrument versus that 17th-century Italian you've had your eye on?

Any advice is appreciated.

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