Importing Boats into the United States
Importing a boat 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 boats into the United States and navigate the customs clearance process.
Before importing a boat 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:
- Country of origin: Boats that are manufactured in certain countries may be subject to additional restrictions or requirements.
- Hull identification number: The boat must have a hull identification number (HIN) that meets U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
- Safety standards: The boat must meet U.S. Coast Guard safety standards, which can be different from those in other countries.
- Age of the boat: Boats that are at least 25 years old can be imported into the United States without restrictions. However, boats that are less than 25 years old must comply with EPA regulations and if the boat is on a trailer, the trailer must comply with DOT regulations to be eligible for import.
Importing a boat into the United States requires a variety of documentation, including
• Bill of sale
• Certificate of origin
• Customs declaration
• EPA Form 3520-1
• USCG documentation, if applicable
• Navigation permit, if applicable
In addition to these documents, you may also need to provide other paperwork, such as import permits or certificates of compliance.
Importing a boat into the United States also comes with duty fees. The amount of duty you will need to pay will depend on the value of the boat and the country of origin. Here are some of the different duty rates that may apply:
• 1.5% for boats manufactured in the United States or Canada
• 25% for boats manufactured in China
• 1.5% to 4.5% for boats manufactured in Europe
• 5% to 9% for boats manufactured in other countries
There are certain exemptions for duty fees that may apply for boats that meet certain criteria, such as recreational boats that are more than 30 years old and have a fair market value of less than $250,000. There are also exemptions for boats that are temporarily imported into the United States for specific purposes, such as boat shows or racing events.
At All Ways International, we can help you navigate the process of importing a boat 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 boat with ease.