I don't know if these were posted before but here are the three links from CBP posted the in the last two days about cracking down on Defenders.
Also is a photo thread from CBP media group showing officers checking the VIN plate and Chassis number, inspecting the chassis, showing great interest in galvanized bolts and generally ready to send the car back since it sounds like a 200/300TDI to me.
Official Statement on Crackdown
CBP watching for illegally imported Land Rover vehicles
Tue, 2013-04-16 08:11 AM By: Mark Rockwell
Land Rover Defender
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is on the lookout for illegally-imported Land Rover Defender vehicles that don’t meet federal safety standards, including the airbag standards.
The agency said on April 15 that there has been a wave of shipments of the potentially dangerous vehicles across the U.S., with “dozens” of the illegal Defenders showing up at various ports of entry including Baltimore, Charleston, SC., Jacksonville, FL, and Savannah, GA.
Since October 2012, CBP said it has seized more than a dozen illegal Land Rover Defender vehicles for violating federal safety and environmental protection regulations, for a total value of approximately $250,000. The overseas value for this model of vehicle is approximately $25,000, it said. According to CBP, however, the resale value in the U.S. can run as much as $150,000 per vehicle depending on its model year, condition, and because the vehicles can’t be lawfully imported into the U.S. unless they are at least 25 years old. A significant portion of those shipments arrived into the U.S. via sea cargo from Great Britain, it said.
Most recently, March 5, CBP said its officers at the port of Norfolk, VA, working closely with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seized a shipment of two imported Land Rover Defender vehicles. CBP officers seized the shipment after they found the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) on the vehicles had been tampered with. It said the VINs were changed to make the vehicles appear older than they are to take advantage of an exemption allowing vehicles that are at least 25 years old to be imported without having to comply with federal motor vehicle safety standards. The shipment arriving from the U.K. had been targeted for examination by CBP’s Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center in Washington, D.C.
“Ensuring the safety of imported products is a top priority for CBP,” said Allen Gina, CBP’s assistant commissioner for international trade. “The concerted targeting efforts of CTAC and the vigilance of CBP officers and import specialists at our ports of entry will help ensure that unsafe vehicles from overseas markets do not reach our roadways.”
“Safety is the Department of Transportation’s top priority,” said NHTSA Administrator David Strickland. “Those who illegally import Defenders and fraudulently offer the vehicles for sale are motivated by profit and do so at the expense of U.S. consumers and legitimate U.S. businesses that follow the law. We continue to work with our partners at CBP and the CTAC to prevent the importation of illegal vehicles and to inform consumers about the presence of and potential safety risks associated with these vehicles.”