My bad, I was looking at the BFG A/T, not the BFG A/T KO. You are correct, they are $251.
US manufactured goods are generally free of duty due to the Free Trade Agreement. Tirerack will supply a certificate of origin with the paperwork for customs. If the country of origin (manufacture) is not the USA then you can get charged import duty, which I think is 5% or thereabouts. GST is payable regardless whether or not the goods attract duty if the value of the goods + freight is over AUD $1000.
On a thread on the whirlpool.net forums there were some posters who claimed imported tyres didn't meet the ADR requirements, which is rubbish. As long as the tyres have a E mark (European tyres) or DOT number (USA) on the sidewall, they are compliant, whether or not they are available in Australia.
Having sung Tirerack's praises, unfortunately, they don't sell Coopers, which is what I am going to put on the Jeep. The cheapest I can find Cooper Xeon LTZ in 20" locally is $440 per corner. Same tyre in the states is $200 per corner.
I hear you about supporting Australian businesses, but tyres for my Outlander were around the $400 mark for anything decent. They were also an uncommon size which meant I only had the choice of around five tyres in Australia. My OEM tyres had clapped out at 38000km. I got Michelin Hydroedge tyres from Tirerack which were rated for 95000km for $830 landed. It cost me another $60 to have them fitted and balanced by my local tyre dealer. The whole deal saved me around $500-$600 and the Michelins were a much better tyre than the OEM tyres.
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