Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: NorCal Foothills
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Dutchy, hope the customs inspectors there in the Netherlands aren't as heavy handed as those in the UK. I sold a real nice '79 RD-400 Daytona Special Ram Air Cylinder Head to a fellow enthusiast in G.B. Guy paid $390.00 for the head (roughly 1/4 of the original cost of a complete, new Daytona Special bike back in the day!) Another $78.00 USD for shipping and insurance. Then he had to pay another 97 pounds Sterling for the Customs Fees. All of which he was more than happy to do. So he goes and picks up the parcel after it clears customs, and takes it home. He could see that the box had been opened and inspected by customs, and re-taped shut. He opens the box to find that some heavy handed customs Agent apparently opened the box with a Samurai Sword, Tenessee Toothpick, or something similar. The nice polished end fin on one side had an "X" scratched into it, deep enough that it needs to be professionally repaired. He said he could tell my packaging job was top notch. Luckily I paid for full value insurance, and USPS Priority Mail International comes with another $200.00 of coverage automatically. I told him he needed to go have a word with those Morons at the Customs office.
I've been selling MC parts on Ebay for years, and I never take the packaging lightly. I know this small item won't be such an issue, but who knows. Maybe I put too much tape on the box, and the Agent was a bit curious if maybe there was some contraband in there?
2005 750 Katana
1984 VT500 Ascot
Nice Old Harley you got there! Mind if I kick it over?