Buying sneakers from overseas often means having to deal with a number of annoying side effects, but the worst of all has to be getting hit with an unexpected bill for import tax and duties. In the past, customs fees kicked in for orders exceeding the $200 mark, making it a headache to cop hard-to-find shoes since many of them already retail for around $200 on average.
That's all about to change, though, thanks to the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 which was signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year. Because of the bill, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has increased the fees threshold—formally known as the de minimis value—to $800.
For sneakerheads, this means that you'll now be able to shop overseas without limiting your spending or having to worry about getting surprised with a costly bill. This opens up the floodgates for purchases from sites like END, size?, Sneakersnstuff, and many more. So, what are you waiting for? Go treat yourself to a rare pair now.