As anyone who has ever imported a vehicle into the United States will tell you, the entire process is far from a walk in the park. The country holds automobiles to a very high standard. As a result, there are a lot of requirements that the vehicle you’re bringing into the country has to meet, for it to be allowed passage in.
In fact, many of these standards are so high and specific that it would be impossible for you to find an import vehicle that meets it successfully.
That is, unless you’re dealing with an automobile specifically constructed with the sole purpose of having it shipped into America.
That said, you will have to cross four major hurdles in your quest to get that foreign vehicle into the country. In broad strokes, they are,
- Tendering documents that show that the vehicle has or you have made the necessary modifications that allow its emissions meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency standards. As you can imagine, this is no easy feat. It essentially means that the engines of the vehicle, from the starting to the idling and braking must function within the established acceptable limits.
- Presenting documents that show that the vehicle has or you have made the necessary modifications that allow the automobile meet all the country’s Federal safety standards. Again, this is another rather tall order. Even your speedometer has to be set and calibrated to meet what is approved in the U.S.
- Attending to the shipment of the vehicle from the origin country into America. Usually, you can only do this true the use of a car dealership or taking on the services of an international shipping establishment.
- Clear all import duties and goods and services tax applicable to the cargo you are shipping in. This will require that you get in touch with your local Department of Motor Vehicles and let them put you through all you need to know.