I have gone the opposite way, from the US to the UK, and FedEx is the best, but it isn't cheap. None of them are cheap. FedEx had a full bike to England in 4-5 days, if I remember correctly. I think the cost was somewhere in the neighborhood of $230 for a 32 pound bike box.
It is a true pain in the ass, though, but worth it for those guys across the pond with the exchange rates or if you found something that you absolutely can't live without from over there.
I don't know how it is in the opposite direction, but when I imported my Yo! I also had to pay duties (15% over bike+shipping) and VAT (17,5% over bike+shipping+duties), but I had the advantage of favourable exchange rate's (I could substract 1/5 from bike+shiping), while you have to add 1/3.
Not cheap, but thanx you are willing to stimulate our economies :lol:
I've only imported from the US to UK. since then I've heard that USPS insured ground is the cheap, safe but slow way to import.
Surely royal snail in the UK do a insured overseas service that is cheaper than that?
FedEx is the way to go. UPS is more expensive and they have an unreliable online tracking system. USPS has a bad habbit of losing expensive stuff over the oceans when flying from the new to the old world or back. Expect around $250-$300 without your VAT and your customs duties.
I quote: "quality is remembered long after the price is forgotten."