If you are planning on importing your car to the US, you will need to tackle a number of bureaucratic hurdles. Imported vehicles need not only to satisfy US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) requirements, but also those of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). And they also need to conform to the automobile safety standards of the US Department of Transportation (DOT). For this reason, buying a car in the United States is often the easier and cheaper choice.
If you are, however, set on importing a car into the US instead of buying one there, you will need the following documents in order to get your CBP clearance:
The latter is not necessary for importing a car into the US if
Please consult the websites of the relevant offices, or get in touch with your local US embassy / consulate to get the latest information on importing a car into the US:
Usually, you will be charged duty when importing a car into the US, even if it is for your personal use only. Many Canadian-made cars are, however, the exception to this rule and their import is duty-free. The same is the case for private cars temporarily imported by nonresidents, i.e. visitors, for a maximum duration of one year.
Once you’ve managed to get through the red tape and import your vehicle, you will need to register it in the US.
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