The USA have very strict and specific rules in relation to motor vehicle safety, bumper design and emissions .
Before you undertake shipping your car to the USA it is advisable to ascertain if your vehicle is eligible to be imported and if any modifications to your vehicle will be required. The importation of motor vehicles not manufactured in and conforming to U.S safety and emission standards is strictly regulated and applicable import regulations can vary dependent on the type of vehicle being shipped. Your reason for importing the vehicle and your personal status in the U.S may also have an impact on regulations that will apply.
Regulations governing the importation of motor vehicles manufactured outside of the U.S and that do not conform to U.S Safety and Emission standards, in the first instance, are dependent on the age of the vehicle. While there are stringent safety and emissions requirements that must be met by vehicles under 25 years old, if you are importing a car that is over 25 years old it qualifies for exemption from regulations governing both safety and emissions standards.
Information on requirements for different types of vehicles and for varying purposes of importation can be found on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) website here.
Importing your motor vehicle is usually depot to depot. This means that, following USA customs clearance, your motor vehicle may be collected by you from the depot of our partner. You may have to show your passport with the date of your arrival in the USA to prove to USA Customs that you, as owner of the motor vehicle, have lived abroad for 12 months or longer.