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Importing Vehicles Into the U.S.


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Importing Vehicles into the U.S. - A Comprehensive Guide

What Duties and Regulations Apply?

What duties are applicable when bringing a vehicle into the U.S?

The rate of duty varies based on the type of vehicle, with cars at 2.5%, trucks at 25%, and motorcycles at 2.4% (depending on cylinder size). Always check with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for up-to-date rates.

Required Documents for Importing a Car

What documents are necessary when importing a car into the U.S.?

You need several documents, including the shipper's bill of lading, bill of sale, foreign registration/title, EPA Form 3520-1, DOT Form HS-7, and any other vehicle-related documents.

Importing Antique Vehicles

What are the requirements for importing vehicles older than 25 years into the U.S.?

Antique vehicles, older than 25 years, are generally easier to import, but exceptions apply, particularly for vehicles that don't meet EPA regulations for their class or have new replacement engines. Check with U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the latest antique vehicle requirements.

Importing Vehicles Less Than 25 Years Old

What steps should be taken when importing vehicles less than 25 years old into the U.S.?

The process for newer vehicles is more complex and involves:

Check Eligibility

How do I determine if my vehicle is eligible for importation?

Check if your vehicle is on the NHTSA's eligibility list. If it's listed, ensure it meets all requirements and file the necessary paperwork with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

What if my vehicle isn't on the eligibility list?

If your vehicle is not listed, you'll need to work with a Registered Importer (RI) licensed by the NHTSA, who can modify your vehicle to meet U.S. standards and file a petition with the NHTSA for approval.

Can I work with an Independent Commercial Importer (ICI)?

Yes, ICIs are allowed to import and maintain vehicles in the U.S. Make sure to choose an ICI listed on the EPA's website and compare costs from different ICIs to understand the expenses involved.

By following these steps, you can be well-prepared for the process of importing a newer vehicle into the U.S.

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