Import Into The USA
CAR IMPORT SERVICES
- CLEARING ATA CARNET
- CLEARING U.S. CUSTOMS
- UNLOADING AT ONE OF OUR WAREHOUSES
- STORAGE FOR SHORT-TERM & LONG-TERM
- DELIVERY TO ANYWHERE IN THE U.S.
- TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT IMPORTS
MANDATORY IMPORT CHECKLIST:
- EXPORT BILL OF LADING
- BILL OF SALE
- REGISTRATION FROM COUNTRY OF ORIGIN
- PROOF OF OWNERSHIP
- EPA FORM 3520-1, SHOWING EMISSIONS COMPLIANCE
- DOT FORM HS-7, SHOWING SAFETY COMPLIANCE
- MANUFACTURERS LABEL ON ENGINE, SHOWING EMISSION REQUIREMENTS HAVE BEEN MET
- POSSIBLY MORE
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Vehicle Shipping Into the USA
ANY vehicle being imported to the USA must meet and comply with all current EPA & DOT regulations. Furthermore compliance notice from each entity must be presented to US Customs for import approval. Failure to provide such compliance notice will result in additional charges, fines, penalties, and could be subject to legal action from the US government.
Vehicles must comply with the United States EPA & DOT regulations to clear U.S. customs. Motor vehicles less than 25 years old must comply with all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) in order to be imported permanently into the United States. Any vehicles that are over 25 years old and are also unmodified, do not have to comply with the DOT or EPA requirements.
To permanently import a vehicle into the U.S., you must be a U.S. company, citizen, or hold legal status to work and live in the country.
To temporarily import a vehicle into the U.S., the vehicle does not have to conform to U.S. standards, but the vehicle must leave the country within a year. The following are all classified as temporary vehicle imports: race, display, repair, leisure, vacation, exhibition, events.
Please note that it is imperative, required by US law that all requisites are met and are followed prior to shipping to USA.
ISF must be filed with U.S. customs 72 hours prior to shipping; ISF must be filed under the importers name. No exceptions.
Direct Express, Inc. must receive all proper information and documentation from shipper and importer prior to shipping to USA to help avoid any possible issues, fines, and/or penalties from U.S customs, DOT, EPA, and or any other US Government agency.
Non-residents can no longer import private use vehicles into the USA WITHOUT pre-approval from the EPA in advance of the arrival. The vehicle must have less than ¼ tank of gas.
If you have any questions regarding your import shipment, please feel free to contact us at any time. We will be happy to assist.
Department of Transportation (DOT)
- 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
- (855) 368-4200
Environmental Protection Authority (EPA)
- 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20460
- (202) 272-0167
Customs and Border Protection Agency
- 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20229
- (877) 227-5511 or (202) 325-8000 for international calls
U.S. Customs and Border Protection | Securing America’s Borders (cbp.gov)
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