Originally Posted by Clayton00
Does this mean I don't have to use a registered importer? Who'm do I contact to set this up?? Do I handle this myelf through the airline?
That is correct. You do NOT have to use a registered importer for any
vehicle that is 25+ years old, according to US DOT + EPA regulations.
Checking "Box 1 on the HS-7 Declaration" per above quotation from US DOT
website should be enough.
BUT, that assumes that the particular US Customs office/ staff you wind up
with on any day understands these rules. Most do. Some less experienced Customs staff may be less informed about these details.
It might help if, before you fly and pick up your bike at whatever US sea or airport the bike enters for Customs clearance, print out and carry with you a hardcopy of the above official regulations from the US Customs website--
just in case a particular Customs staff person needs to be reminded.
Don't rely on printing out "my" or anybody's quote from those regs. Go directly to the original website, and print out
the relevant page(s), including the official webpage headers, w/ US Customs logo etc.
That's no doubt overkill, and you may never have to use the printout, but it's back-up insurance in case there's any
question. Capice ?
Good luck !