Importation of motor vehicles into the United States permanently requires permission U.S. Dept of Transportation and U.S. EPA. The U.S. Dept of Transportation handles the safety aspects of the car or motorcycle. Which can include modifications to your vehicles headlights, taillights, side marker light assemblies, high mounted 3rd brake light, bumper reinforcements, door reinforcement beams, a rollover fuel-spill prevention valve, airbags, seat-belt warning system, speedometer and certifications labels. When looking to import a car or motorcycle, you will need to look at the NHTSA List of Nonconforming Vehicles Eligible for Importation. If the car is not on the list, then we would need to petition the car for eligibility, this results in a much longer time frame and additional cost.
The U.S. EPA, handles compliance for the Emissions standards which includes changes to the catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, evaporative canister, purge system, fuel control computer, ECU. Once the modifications are complete, we conduct an emissions test by an independent EPA laboratory. After testing is complete, we file a report with EPA and they clear the car 15 business days later.
All vehicles need to clear through U.S. customs and most require customs bond and agency bonds depending on the type of importation.
The import and conversion process generally takes an average of 90-120 days.