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Japanese Used Car Exporting
Importing Japanese Used Cars Into United States
WHAT YOU CAN IMPORT
The following can be imported with minumum restrictions:
- Older than 25 years – Does not need to meet any standards.
- Older than 21 years – Does not need to meet EPA emmission standards.
- Race cars – Only for vehicles that meet NHTSA and EPA requirements.
- Show cars – For vehicle intended for show and have restricted travel use.
- Kit cars – Only for vehicles that met NHTSA and EPA requirements.
- Off-Road vehicles – Falls under the CPSC and EPA possible requirements.
- Vehicles that has a manufacture’s label on the engine compartment in English, attesting that it meets US Emission and Safety standards.
If you want to import a car less than 25 years old for driving on public roads, you must use a Registered Importer (RI) to comply it to Federal safety, bumper and theft prevention standards. If the motor vehicle is less than 21 years old, you must additionally hire a Independant Commerical Importer (ICI) to comply it to EPA emission standards.
When using a RI, there must be posted a “DOT Conformance Bond” worth one and a half times the vehicle’s dutiable value. When using a ICI, a “Customs Bond” worth at least the vehicle’s value is required by the EPA if the vehicle is being petitioned. Customs may still require the bond regardless if EPA requires.
Additionally, only those that are listed by NFTSA as eligible for importing may go through the process. If a vehicle is not listed, a RI must petition and prove to NFTSA that the vehicle meets, or can be modified to meet, all US Federal safety and bumper standards. Proving includes providing crash test data which is a very expensive process.
Because costs can become prohibitly high, it is very important that you throughally research your options to see if it is worth importing.