Importing Automobiles into the United States
Importing a car into the United States can be a complex process, with strict regulations and documentation requirements that must be followed. At All Ways International, we have extensive experience helping clients import automobiles into the United States and navigate the customs clearance process.
Before importing an automobile into the United States, it’s important to be aware of any restrictions that may apply. Here are some of the restrictions that you need to consider
- Age of the vehicle: Cars that are at least 25 years old can be imported into the United States without restrictions. However, cars that are less than 25 years old must comply with EPA and DOT regulations to be eligible for import.
- Safety and emissions standards: The car must meet U.S. safety and emissions standards, which can be different from those in other countries. If the car doesn’t meet these standards, it may require modifications to be imported.
- Manufacturer restrictions: Some manufacturers may not allow their cars to be imported into the United States, or may have specific requirements for importation.
- Country of origin: Cars that are manufactured in certain countries may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements.
Importing a car into the United States requires a variety of documentation, including
- The original title of the vehicle
- Proof of ownership
- Bill of sale
- Certificate of origin
- EPA Form 3520-1
- DOT Form HS-7
In addition to these documents, you may also need to provide other paperwork, such as import permits or customs declarations.
• 2.5% for cars manufactured in the United States or Canada
• 10% for new cars manufactured in Europe
• 2.5% for used cars manufactured in Europe
• 25% for cars manufactured in China
• 27.5% for cars manufactured in countries that are not covered by a free trade agreement with the United States
There are certain exemptions for duty fees that may apply for U.S. military employees or non-residents who intend to stay for a short visit in the United States. For example, U.S. military employees who are returning from a duty station outside the United States may be exempt from paying duty fees on a car that they import. Non-residents who intend to stay in the United States for less than one year may also be exempt from paying duty fees.
Here are some useful links to help you navigate the process of importing a car into the United States:
At All Ways International, we can help you navigate the process of importing an automobile into the United States, including ensuring compliance with all necessary regulations, assisting with documentation requirements, and advising on duty fees. Contact us today to learn more about our customs consulting services and how we can help you import your car with ease.