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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:41 PM
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Can you get a truck through customs without a registered importer?

Can I bring a 93 110 in for parts or do I need a registered importer?
Also how can I find out the build date? The registration says 1993 but the vin comes up as a 1994.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:52 PM
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Do yourself a favour and DEFINATELY get yourself a broker. You can import it yourself (still expect a lot of phonecalls / emails / faxes) but never try it without a broker.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:56 PM
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Do yourself a favour and DEFINATELY get yourself a broker. You can import it yourself (still expect a lot of phonecalls / emails / faxes) but never try it without a broker.
Do you know of any good ones?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 04:10 PM
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You can not bring in a 1993 without the help of an RI. They have to be involved as they are the ones that certify the car/truck into compliance. You can not bring a truck into compliance yourself, they have to do it/ sign off on it.

You can bring in something 25 years old or older on your own, no issue.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 04:12 PM
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No RI needed for parts though. I am not telling you to do it, but some very complete trucks have come in as parts.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 04:15 PM
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No RI needed for parts though. I am not telling you to do it, but some very complete trucks have come in as parts.
The truth is that the thing would come in complete. But at the price I'm getting it for, It would be worth it just for the parts. I just don't want to get stuck sending the thing back. I got a quote form DAS autoshipping that supposedly includes a us customs broker. Anyone know if that's true?
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I don't think you can to a RORO as "parts" and getting an RI will costs 10s of thousands of dollars so I would get a buddy in canada (15 year import rule) and ship it there and then take the motor out and trailer it across the border as parts.

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what he said. and don't tell anyone what you are doing. not even us.

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I don't think you can to a RORO as "parts" and getting an RI will costs 10s of thousands of dollars so I would get a buddy in canada (15 year import rule) and ship it there and then take the motor out and trailer it across the border as parts.

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Old July 20th, 2009, 04:59 PM
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About what?...lol.
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I used A&A Contract Customs Brokers to bring in diesel engines on two occasions from Canada and I was pleased with their performance.
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If the truck is a RHD it will probably get turned back, this happened to a chap before and he was using an RI who i don't want to mention as the chap ended up loosing lots of money.
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what he said. and don't tell anyone what you are doing. not even us.
Nothing illegal about bringing in parts.

There is a letter opinion that says (I am summarizing here) no drivetrain = parts. Look in the FAQ what's legal thread.

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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:06 PM
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If the truck is a RHD it will probably get turned back, this happened to a chap before and he was using an RI who i don't want to mention as the chap ended up loosing lots of money.
It's LHD
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Ron is that documented that its Parts w/o a motor (and only no motor) - can you point me to that?
makes RoRo possible but container easier

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ah - not as easy but interesting none the less
http://204.68.195.250/cars/rules/imp...l#Anchor-42790
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Check the Sticky thread. It is in there. I still don't think you can do that RORO.

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Robert,

That is pretty well spot on but there is also a "letter opinion" (for lack of a better term) on it as well. I guess I should not say you cannot do it RORO as I have not tried, but that was my impression.

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humm i could import enough parts to build a new D110 in a container or 4 - food for thought
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Just FYI in our containers you can't even have parts that "add up" to what you guys are calling parts.
Been there, done that, had to pay to ship the stuff back to the UK.

A "body" that was a vehicle, on a frame with axles and the engine and trans gone would need to be cut in half on the frame/ uni-body and behind the A pillar in order to be classed as "parts" according to Customs/DOT in Boston MA.
They do not classify a truck with no drivetrain as "parts".

Good luck.
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If you go to NHSTA.gov under car imports FAQ part 1 number 10 it states you can import a dissasembled vehicle (without engine and transmission) without it being classed a motor vehicle but then you would not have title.
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I did import a container that had the makings for an entire 110 in it, but I had a lot, I mean a lot of other parts in there as well. I may have just gotten lucky, also the exporter was experienced in writing invoices that would not cause red flags.

The lesson learned was that the regular parts houses here can import and sell the very same stuff for less than the one timers can. I ate most of the stuff and ended up selling at below cost to get my money back out of it. I sold the 110 as parts and I am glad I do not have the possibility of an insurance clusterf**k if some lawyer's daughter gets hit in a vehicle I imported illegally.

The gubmint boys are on to us Land Rover boys and they are getting tougher and tougher to get things past.
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Well I decided not to go for it, so. Thanks for all of the input. If anyone wants a 1993 D110 with a fresh rebuilt 200tdi for $10k let me know.
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