When we've bought equipment from China recently, costs have varied. I can only give you these two anecdotal examples.
For the HDCVI gear, shipping was $270 (DHL). On top of that, there was an additional fee, paid to DHL, for duties, which was about $20 if I remember correctly.
On the flip side, we just bought three cameras (about $50 each) from Alibaba and shipping was about $40 with an additional $20 for customs clearance. I expect you'd see something similar to that for lenses.
I don't know the general answer, but a few years ago we bought 6 lenses directly from Evetar in China. Maybe that was ok because it was a limited volume but there was no problem.
Did Evetar China say they won't sell to you directly or?
IPVMU Certified | 07/09/14 02:39pm
This guide 'Internet Purchases' from the US Customs & Border Patrol is helpful.
The process varies based on whether the purchase is for 'personal' or 'commercial' use, how you chose to have the product delivered, and the total value of the purchase.
I ran the numbers on DutyCalculator.com, which had an entry for CCTV cameras.
It's claiming the duty for CCTV cameras from China to the US is 2.1%
Certainly, many IPVM members have direct extensive experience with this. Can anyone confirm or deny?
If you want to regularily import product from overseas, you would be best to get a customs broker and let them help you and train you to make the process less painless. Just an aside - I have a good friend who is also our customs broker and the stories he tells me would surprise you. From their perspective they sit on information of knowing how much markup is going into a lot of the imported products sold in your market place. People don't realize just how much data is mined by US Customs in determining and assessing who is fraudulently making claims.