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Old June 21st, 2016, 11:58 AM
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Customs has a new computer entry system called ACE.
They have been working on it for 15 years and took it live last month. With the introduction of that new system
and the changes in procedures etc there have been lots of publications. Attached is a flier pertaining to parts-ie what
DOT has interest in. I thought it may be of help to some here. Please keep in mind this applys to separate parts shipments and
do not pertain to vehicle imports. For instance, if you want to bring in roof sides or take off doors you had better get pictures of the glass codes
on the glass before purchase and have whomever you are working with check them in the system or you will have a problem, since there is no access to freight once it ships and the information is required to get a release. Not new rules just a better system -ie other agencies can input into the entry screen like epa/dot/dept of ag. The list of agencies tied in was quite long.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 12:47 PM
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I assume this is to check for stolen parts?
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Old June 21st, 2016, 12:50 PM
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I assume this is to check for stolen parts?
Nope, this is just DOT enforcing the code/law. Glass must be dot approved, as must seat belts, flexible brake lines, lights, wheels, and tires. If they aren't 25yrs old or aren't DOT approved they cannot come here.
Problem is once they go in a box or crate no one but customs has access to look @ tags, codes etc. The new system links a host of agencies to Customs computer system. Ie most any federal agency can access your entry real time.
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Doug:
Thanks for posting this. As I mentioned, the attachment is not visible on the Defendersource app.

In some ways this is a clear attempt to bar parts from overseas and will probably result in at least shortages of parts that fail to meet the Federal Standards.

Clearly a major blow for any company like RN/ABP etc
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ACE (Automated Commercial Environment) is simply a means for enforcing regulations that have been in effect for some time now, but that haven't necessarily been being enforced by CBP due to lack of training and oversight. This includes not only regulations promulgated by USDOT, but also by the EPA and other federal agencies. Bottom line, yes, this will have an effect on the availability of certain parts.

Here's some more info, for those who are interested: https://www.cbp.gov/trade/ace/features
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That all depends on the state and their registration rules. In NY, I believe that things are registered by the body shell and a frame swap is OK as long as it fits a few specifics. Biggest things to make sure of is that if you get emissions tested you can almost never swap in an older motor, and make sure that the truck fits all the regulations for the year it has to be registered. I really have no idea about swapping engine types (I.E. gas to diesel).

Best bet is to research your states regulations on the matter.

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So I am new to the defender import fiasco. So I am looking at a 1990 defender 90 in the UK. It has a 300 tai conversion and a few mods. Will this barre it from being excepted in the USA?
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So I am new to the defender import fiasco. So I am looking at a 1990 defender 90 in the UK. It has a 300 tai conversion and a few mods. Will this barre it from being excepted in the USA?
You got the answer in your thread! http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...tml#post758822
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Don't swap until you're imported

Hi, my import experience went smoothly, but everything was original.

I'd have huge reservations after reading the rules about having an engine that does not match the VIN. The documentation required i reported both and got written confirmation this matched what was produced bt Jaguar/Land Rover at the factory.

You can always buy mine and put in the 300 tdi. ;-)
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So I am new to the defender import fiasco. So I am looking at a 1990 defender 90 in the UK. It has a 300 tai conversion and a few mods. Will this barre it from being excepted in the USA?
Yes. Unless you are rich enough to spend 10s of Thousands importing a car only for it to be crushed then don't.
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Can I get through customs with aftermarket Ac installed in an otherwise stock (with a puma bonnet and nice seats) UK RHD defender 90?
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I would contact uncle Douglas here on the forum and engage his Services he did the importing of my truck as well as many many members here. Take the anxiety and guess work out of importing a truck seriously.
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Can I get through customs with aftermarket Ac installed in an otherwise stock (with a puma bonnet and nice seats) UK RHD defender 90?
this one did..


Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 for sale and build to order to USA, Canada.
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Is a 110 van camper conversion with dormobile roof legal to import?

Think I saw one had been imported before somewhere.
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Is a 110 van camper conversion with dormobile roof legal to import? Think I saw one had been imported before somewhere.
You are correct, I had one imported by Uncle Doug. I had the same question and had him do this one. Didn't have any problems but please contact him for details. Conversion must be age related.
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Old October 26th, 2016, 01:45 PM
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As Johan said above I ask on the questionable ones. After over 700 imports I'm pretty well versed on what I can and cannot do, but I'm risk adverse.
I'm sharing an email here for posterity. Hopefully this will shed some clarity for others.

Mr. Crowther,

If the modifications you describe are all that were performed on the vehicles in question, those vehicles would not lose their eligibility to be imported as vehicles at least 25 years old under Box 1 on the HS-7 Declaration form.

I hope this is helpful.

Coleman Sachs, Chief
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From: Doug Crowther [mailto:doug@dividingcreekimports.com]
Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 11:59 AM
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Subject: Re: Land Rover 110 import eligibility questions

Chief Sachs,
I have two scenario's where I'm not certain of your divisions view on and would ask for some guidance.

The first is a 1980's land rover 110 currently in Colombia. The truck had bullet proof glass installed when new. I asked, the truck is not armored but kevlar cloth was glued to the inside of the passenger compartment. While the modification was 25 plus yrs ago, I asked and there are no glass codes on the glass. The rest of the truck is as the VIN decodes and is original. Would the glass modification preclude the box 1 exemption on the HS7 ?

The second scenario is a Land Rover 110 in the UK. The truck's vin decodes as a 5 door station wagon. Somewhere in the vehicles life the original roof was removed and a shorter roof installed, making the rear load space open. This was a variation offered by Land Rover and is called a double cab. The parts used were factory land rover parts and the truck cannot be differentiated from a double cab built by the factory. Nothing else about the truck is different than as built. The issue is the VIN decodes to a 5 door wagon and while it still has 5 doors, the roof is shorter and the rear door is now a tailgate. Would this preclude the box 1 exemption on the HS7 ?

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Thanks Jonah and Doug. Very helpful. My take away is that i could put a dormobile roof on a 110 van without issue.

Adding rear windows might be something I need to get guidance on though.

A nice interior camper conversion might me doable too, as long as it's in keeping with the original look. Seems kind of subjective though.

I'll write the head duck at Port Hueneme and see what they say.

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Question Brazilian truck

I have a brazilian Defender 110 that I entered as I'm brazilian and was driving trough the country (we went to Alaska and now in California). I was thinking about sell the car here, as I need money to continue my worldwide trip and car needs a check up. Tuck is a 1998 300 Tdi, do you think it's possible sell it here?

Thank you for your help.
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No sir, 2016-1998=18 years. 18 years old = no. Unless of course you are going to drive it around for the next 7 years.

------ Follow up post added November 9th, 2016 06:04 PM ------

Canada is yes because they only have a 15 year rule.
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