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Old April 20th, 2011, 12:25 PM
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Question Not your normal import question

Ok, I'm pretty up on importation rules but I've got one that I've never seen talked about.

I'm looking at buying a '85 D-130 out of the UK. So no problem on age. Where the problem is is that the truck is already here. The group that owns it are on a tour of the US and I've agreed to buy the truck if we can figure out the Customs mess.

They sent their truck over and have the standard visa that says it can be here. At the end of their 3 week tour they are supposed to ship it out of the US according to the Customs Department. We'd like to avoid the cost and hassle of sending it back to the UK only to turn around and send it back to the US. In fact, that's a deal killer for me.

Is it possible for me to buy the truck and just keep it here? Or could we just drive it across the border into Mexico(meeting the 'leave the US' requirement) then drive it back across with a Bill of Sale?
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Old April 20th, 2011, 12:44 PM
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So it didn't sell @ auction @ the SCARR event ? I had asked some documentation questions that didn't get answered by the seller.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 12:57 PM
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Nope. They decided doing an auction wasn't feasible really.

The agreed on price is only good if I can avoid the back and forth shipping.

I passed on a 130 many years ago. I've got another chance at one and I don't wanna miss it this time. It's no show car but it has character.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 01:38 PM
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Call the customs office closest to you. US Customs tends to operate differently @ different port of entry/border crossings, make sure you write down what the officer says in the event the actual officer you end up dealing with takes a different approach. If the fellow has the original UK V5 (foreign registration) in hand and the truck is 25yrs old and has its original engine and you can satisfy the customs officer of those key points there should be no issues.
If its eligible, it makes one wonder why this fellow didn't do a perm import @ the time of entry instead of posting the temp import bond etc.
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Old April 20th, 2011, 01:40 PM
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Do you think flipping it from temp to perm will be a hassle? I'll call up Customs for Galveston tomorrow sometime.
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I could be mistaken, but if the truck is on a temp bond entry, it has to leave and re-entry, not necessarily has to go back to the UK, but has to exit.

You can always go visit the Muchachos across the border....

Filling up the cargo area with Mary Jane Hot it is optional as it could offer a long vacation at Club Federal *LOL*
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Old April 20th, 2011, 02:09 PM
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You can convert from temp bonded entry to perm by simply going to a port of entry. If granted entry, the bond is lifted/released. @ least that the way its supposed to work.

If here temporary (12mos) and attemting to renew, exit is usually required and in most cases 6 mos has to pass before re-entry.
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That would be perfect. I could fly out to Long Beach and convert it then drive it home. I'll talk to Customs in the morning.

------ Follow up post added April 20th, 2011 02:02 PM ------

Talked to Customs. No go. It has to leave the country and go to a non-contiguous country before coming back. So Mexico or Canada don't count. It could go to the Bahamas and back or something but a trip to Tijuana is out. The person was very adamant about this. They said that Customs could end up owning the truck.

So, I guess the deal is off.
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You need to go to the website and speak to the chap I spoke to, he told me what doug said.
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agree you should call a different customs office. Not knowing how this truck entered and what paper work the seller can share etc makes giving arm chair advice difficult.
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Yeah. All the localish offices are closed right now. I'll call a different one in the morning.
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Don't call the local office call the national one on the EPA website, as they're the ones I spoke to re temp imports for my Bullrun truck.
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