I would like to know those "real-world" answers as well. I believe that they are not forthcoming for the reason that *they* do not yet know how they are going to handle the situation. Here is my thinking and I may very well be wrong and am throwing it out there for consideration and clarification.Gophert's comments were that the 25% tariff was an insignificant issue. Obviously, it's not. Anything purchased from large supply houses will have 25%+ tacked on to the price of many items originating in China (which appears to to be a significant number).
My original question was and still is how will this affect small orders, like printed circuit boards from China and smalls lots of parts purchased from ebay. Small amounts of duty may well be ignored, but this cannot be said with any certainty at this point in time. The man who is in our White House has proven to be very vindictive, and won't let harm to US citizens interfere with his goal to "punish" China. This has proven to be the case with farmers impacted by the trade war - their suffering is deemed "for the greater good".
Whether or not the duty is collected, these tariffs may impact shipping times as each parcel is inspected for tariff applicability. Will packages shipped by DHL still arrive in a few days, or will they be stuck in customers for days or even weeks?
My original questions still stand and as yet, I have seen no real-world answers. Some suppositions and some unfounded comments about my panties being in a knot for no reason have been made but clearly the tariffs will have impacts on hobbyists and small businesses while affecting large-scale offshore manufacturing not at all. I look forward...fear actually...hearing some real-world experiences about the impacts of these tariffs.
If I buy something from Digikey, for example, and I and they are in the US, then I am NOT responsible for paying a tariff (or a duty, which seems like the same thing for what we are discussing). Digikey is responsible for paying the tariff because they are the ones importing the goods from China. So, THEY are the ones that will figure out how the real world example will be handled. As per their statement, they have not yet decided how to do this. Obviously, they can simply raise the price on items for which they have already paid a tariff. But, if you order from Digikey and are outside the US, this, it seems to me, could be problematic. Given your address, you may simply see a duty added to a variety of items in your US order - presuming they can manage that programming - that is one way I could see it being handled.
If I buy something directly from Seeed, for example, I am the one who is importing from China and I have to pay the tariff. According to their blurb on the subject (which has been modified since I first read it) http://www.seeedstudio.com/blog/201...chimp&utm_medium=edm&utm_campaign=bazaar_0706
"an additional 25% tariff will be charged for certain products shipped to the USA starting July 6th, 2018" This *suggests* that you and I, getting the items shipped to the US, will pay Seeed 25% more on those items and will otherwise, get them the same way (i.e., they are paying the tariff by raising the price to you).
But, if you look at DHL's blurb http://www.dhl.com/en/express/customs_support/duties_taxes/duties_taxes_receivers.html
They sound like they are saying that *they* pay the tariff and then you pay them...
- To ensure the DHL courier can deliver your goods in shortest possible time after entering your country or customs union, DHL pays the customs authority on your behalf for any duties and taxes that are due on the goods.
- Once the duties and taxes are fully repaid to DHL the goods will be delivered to you
Seems to me that the same issue exists for China Post that ends up being delivered by the USPS - that is, you come down and pay the tariff before you get your stuff.
So, what about something on EBAY that is sent China Post and you are not directly charged a tariff at all. I don't know, but look at it realistically - if my "free shipping" for a $3 LCD is held at the US Post Office until I come down and pay 75 cents in tariff, it is going to have a BIG impact on ordering, I would think. So, there too, if they are able to do so, I would expect that the EBay sellers are going to figure out how to raise the price so that YOU don't have to go pay the tariff to get your stuff.
Finally, this can all change in November with the mid-terms and maybe before then as issues of whether congressional approval for these tariffs (which some may not consider as national security issues) is required.
edited for typos and grammar and clarity