Argentine Temporary Vehicle Import Permit (TVIP)
As of January 2010, Argentine customs is issuing an 8 month TVIP. I crossed into Colonia, Uruguay on the ferry (Bouquebus) from Buenos Aires and returned the same day with a bike titled in my name, in the USA. A particularly alert official, who was very pleasant, did check previous entries for this particular bike on a computer and asked a few questions such as - when did you last leave Argentina - easy truthful answer was, this morning! and he nodded OK, he also carefully checked US title and registration ( the license plate was not listed on this particular title and he wanted to verify license) fortunately I had the registration with the correct license plate described.
The bike was issued another 8 month permit on the same day it had exited Argentina.
As per my extended conversation, he was happy to practice his English, with the official an 8 month permit is still available at all Argentine borders for foreign registered bikes. But he did caution that border officials have the legal ability to limit the TVIP, he would not explain why a TVIP might be issued for less than 8 months, but he said he has seen permits ranging from 3 months to one year?
If anyone has had a different experience, and had legal papers for the bike when requesting a TVIP, please post here. thanks.
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