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Old August 22nd, 2016, 11:15 AM
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Help!

During our recent trip to England, Carrie and I bought a Penman trailer while at Witham. If you have dealt with Witham, you know they don't do shipping.

We asked for shipping quotes from several different places including our own Uncle Douglas.

Doug has informed us that trailers also need to be 25 years old to be imported to the U.S., same as motor vehicles!

After a few Google searches, I've found a reference which says if the trailer is less than 25 years old (this one is 2006) and doesn't have an attached sticker saying it complies with U.S. safety standards (nope) and is for personal use (yes) and not for resale (keeping it) that it can be imported after acquiring a "CBP bond".

Does anyone here have experience with a CBP bond? Easy? Hard? Cheap? Expensive?

I've called Simon at Witham (sold the trailer to us) who said he has not heard of the 25 year requirement. He is researching.

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Old August 22nd, 2016, 11:17 AM
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Help!

During our recent trip to England, Carrie and I bought a Penman trailer while at Witham. If you have dealt with Witham, you know they don't do shipping.

We asked for shipping quotes from several different places including our own Uncle Douglas.

Doug has informed us that trailers also need to be 25 years old to be imported to the U.S., same as motor vehicles!

After a few Google searches, I've found a reference which says if the trailer is less than 25 years old (this one is 2006) and doesn't have an attached sticker saying it complies with U.S. safety standards (nope) and is for personal use (yes) and not for resale (keeping it) that it can be imported after acquiring a "CBP bond".

Does anyone here have experience with a CBP bond? Easy? Hard? Cheap? Expensive?

I've called Simon at Witham (sold the trailer to us) who said he has not heard of the 25 year requirement. He is researching.

Thank you,

Mike & Carrie
Call a US Customs Broker and ask them, they should have some knowledge on the bonds.
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Where is the mandatory photo of the trailer?????
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 11:28 AM
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Where is the mandatory photo of the trailer?????
Here you go.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 11:29 AM
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Those trailers are sweet. I am very interested in what you find out about the legality and process of it. I was looking into these trailers a few months back.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 11:32 AM
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Something like this?

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...r-into-the-u.s.
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Nice looking trailer Mike. From the link Chris posted importation sounds pretty straightforward. Hopefully it is.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 12:45 PM
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Yes, that is what I found.

But it does not help with the details. What am I bonding? Where do I buy the bond? (Google says I want to buy my muni bonds from Fidelity.) How much is the bond?

That is why I was hoping to find someone here with experience.



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I sent a PM to Will.

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I sent a PM to Will.

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Call a US customs broker (licensed), they generally line up the bonds when importing, I can reccomend you one if you like.
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Call a US customs broker (licensed), they generally line up the bonds when importing, I can reccomend you one if you like.
Yes, please, who do you recommend? Did you use them for something similar?

I did a Google search on "US customs broker (licensed)" and called NetBonds.net. Derk tried to help but I'm not convinced he understood what I need. He kept suggesting a "continuous bond" for $275. This would cover all Customs, duty, import, dock etc. costs, which you need for all importations, what I need is specific for a trailer without the U.S. safety sticker.

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Mike,

Where are you intending to import? RORO, container, or LTL?

you can email directly if you prefer - brian@defendersnw.com as we are a bonded importer and run mixed containers to Seattle/Tacoma, RORO to the west coast...
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Where are you intending to import? RORO, container, or LTL?

you can email directly if you prefer - brian@defendersnw.com as we are a bonded importer and run mixed containers to Seattle/Tacoma, RORO to the west coast...
E-mail sent.

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Anyone have a nice Sankey for sale?

If this type and model of trailer was on the NHTSA list of approved imports, this would be reasonably quick and inexpensive. I don't find any Penman (or Sankey) trailer on the list.

If I want to have this trailer approved (as I understand the process) I need to have a "Registered Importer" modify the trailer to comply with NHTSA regulations. It needs to have a compliant hitch (pintle is Okay) and DOT lights, including adding side clearance lights.

Then the fun starts. The registered Importer needs to petition NHTSA to put this type and model of trailer on the list.

Total cost, $1500 to $2000. But expect the process to take SEVEN months!

Unless someone can find Penman on an approved list, I need to ask Witham for a refund.

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