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Importing Vehicles into the US

Importing a vehicle to the United States can be a complex process. There are many regulations to follow from various agencies such as US Customs, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency. It is important to first check if your vehicle is eligible for import, as not all vehicles are admissible.

There are four main ways a vehicle can be admissible for permanent importation into the United States.

  1. The vehicle is over 25 years old.
  2. The vehicle is being imported for personal use only, and the manufacturer has provided a letter of compliance.
  3. The vehicle was originally certified to conform to all U.S. safety standards and was labeled as such by the manufacturer.
  4. The vehicle is imported through a Registered Importer, who certifies the vehicle to meet all U.S. safety standards.

To determine if your vehicle is eligible, you can send a picture of your vehicle’s manufacturer label and emissions label to One of our vehicle specialists will help determine the admissibility of your vehicle, and advise the best method to import it.

Once you know your vehicle is admissible, you can move forward with your sale and arranging transport. Be sure to shop around for transport quotes, which can include considering the option of driving it down yourself. Border Brokers can assist with all modes of transport, including helping you obtain a SCAC code with the National Motor Freight Traffic Association.

After the vehicle arrives at its final destination, you will need to title and register it with the state. The requirements for this process vary depending on location, so be sure to check with your local DMV for specific instructions.

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