Yes I have had a few containers with various items shipped across the pond.
To point out a few things to consider, this would be the short list.
First off, let me warn you. Things may seem cheap in the US, and so they often are compared to EU prices, but before you have it on your porch, it may well be another matter.
Second off, let me tell you the biggest hurdle to overcome. The american you are going to buy it from................ Yes that's right. Most are very cautious, and many will not even talk to you, let alone believe you, when you call them up from Sweden. Trust me, I have been there many times. Also with people from this forum. It was to be fair, also people from this forum that got me set up eventually, and for that I am deeply greatful. THANKS GUYS! So with persistence and luck, you will find someone that is willing to trust you. Thing is, there are many scammers out there, and to the average American Joe, you might not sound much different than the Indian lady from microsoft that calls you up, just to tell you that your computer needs fixing, and that she only needs your bank info and first born to fix it for you..............
Shipping is expensive, and the less you ship, the more expensive it is. The smallest amount of bulk cargo for container shipping is normally 2 SQ meters. For 1 tractor you can get offers from at least app 500 USD. and upwards to 800 USD. from the shipping companies, and even more from those trying to make money on selling out a partial space like car transportes that wants to make good of the last space in a container, and freight forwarders. There I have been quoted over 1200 USD. This is the container freight alone.
Seller will need to fill out correct invoice and export forms and what not. Not many private sellers will want to bother with it.
You need to consider inland (US) shipping and handeling, and that can be really costly, depending on where your goods are, in relation to a shipping hub. And who you have on the US side to handle it for you. Calculate at least .5 USD per mile, + handeling fees.
If you have an import registered business, this next step is a bit easier and smooth, but in general you can count on the following. When the goods arrive in EU, you need to pay toll, app 12% depending on the goods. That's 12% of everything so far. Cost, inland transportation, shipping, handeling, etc. etc. Then there is the VAT, that you then have to pay on top on the previous total. Not sure what level you are at, but here in DK, that is 25%. So around accumulated 40% on top just for taxes.
Then comes the inland transport from EU port to your place. If you can't pick it op from a major harbor your self, that will also cost a fair lot depending on distance.
Be sure all offers you get include all paperwork and actual handeling of the goods, customs handeling, toll handeling, VAT handeling, harbor fees, fuel surcharge etc.etc.
Be clear with yourself about the risks you run. You buy something you have not seen or tried out. You trust a stranger (most likely the seller) to handle it, pack it, ship it etc, and that's even befor it gets in the hands of a shipping company. You also need to pay up front for it, and hope all is good when it arrives. I'm not saying everyone will try to cheat you, but the bad seeds are certainly out there, which leads back to the foremost point, that you need someone in the US that you can trust, and who wants to work with you on this.
Just for fun, lets make a little calculation.
1 pc. RJ58 nice in good complete condition. Lets put that at a 800 USD. Then you need it transported to the shipping hub. It needs to be packaged/crated etc. Lets say you are not too far from a shipping hub, lets say 500 miles. Now lets assume you can get the seller to handle that shipping for you, you may be looking at 300-400 USD for that. Lets say 350. Then it is now at 1150. Then the shipping company takes over and does everything they are supposed to do. Lets put that in the low end at 500 USD incl. all. (can easily be more). Now it is at the EU border, and it is also at 1650 USD. Then you pay Toll, let's low ball it to 10%. That's 165 USD, bringing it up to 1815 USD. Then it is VAT time. I know you have different brackets in Sveden, but I also think this will hit the highest, making it 25%. That racks up 453.75 USD more. Total is now 2268.75 USD. And you still have it sitting on the docks.......................................
I'm not trying to burst your boble here, but to be honest, things most often at least triple in price, when you take home single items.
The best advice I can give you, is to find someone who takes a whole container home at a time, and piggyback or preorder with that person. Then all the above obstacles are mostly out the way, and most often you also can get a way cheaper tractor, due to costs being minimized. And since all the costs are taxed too, that is what just kills it.
If you are in no hurry, and do not mind the transport from Denmark, I can perhaps offer to help you out, as I most likely will put another shipment together this fall. Feel free to send me a message