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Auto Import

If you are looking to import a new or used auto into the United States, make sure the vehicle meets all USA safety standards. Requirements are subject to frequent change in the auto import business, so it is best to consult and contact these agencies before shipping a vehicle into the US.

  - Enviromental Protection Agency (EPA) http://www.epa.gov/oms/imports/#1
  - US Customs http://www.customs.gov
  - Department of Transportation http://www.dot.gov

Two important steps of importing your vehicle include making the arrangements for transport of the auto to be imported and have your carrier notify you of the vehicle's arrival date so that Customs can clear it. Shipments are cleared at the first port of entry unless you arrange for a freight/transport forwarder abroad to have the auto sent in bond to a Customs port more convenient to you. Remember that customs officers are prohibited by law from acting as agents, or making entries for an importer, so you may want to hire a customs broker that specializes in auto imports.

For Customs clearance you will need the auto shipper or carrier’s original bill of lading, the bill of sale, foreign registration, and any other documents relating to the vehicle. You will also be required to complete several forms, and declare the emissions and safety provisions, as well as some other procedures and fees that apply to any auto import – so be sure to consult with the above agencies for all the rules, regulations and fees.

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