Importing a car from Saipan to the USA can seem difficult and complicated, but CFR Rinkens can help. Below, we’ll explore everything you’ll need to know before deciding to import your vehicle.
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Read on below for our Saipan to US Vehicle Import Checklist, Determining Vehicle Eligibility for Import to the USA, Saipan to US Car Import Costs & Time Frame, Saipan to US Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & Saipan, and other details on how to Import Car from Saipan to USA.
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Saipan to US Vehicle Import Checklist
Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to import your vehicle to the United States.
More information on the process of importing a vehicle to the United States can be found here.
Determining the Eligibility of Your Vehicle for Import to the United States
As you engage in the vehicle shipping process, some of the most important questions to consider include:
These questions and more will determine the costs to import the vehicle to the US, whether your car is eligible for import to the United States, and finally, whether you will need to go through additional steps to make your vehicle eligible for import. In some cases, such as temporary import for racing or other purposes, the usual standards may not apply. CFR Rinkens can help you through the process of determining what will be required to import your vehicle.
Conforming vs. Nonconforming Vehicles
Generally, if a vehicle already meets the requirements for import to the United States, it is because that model was originally designed for export and sale in the United States, or was manufactured in the United States for domestic sale. As such, nonconforming vehicles are required to be modified to meet all applicable FMVSS and EPA emissions standards.
Things to Consider
If your vehicle conforms to these standards, it will bear a manufacturer’s label on the engine compartment attesting to its compliance to emissions standards in English, as well as a certification label near the driver’s side door confirming that it complies to safety, bumper and theft prevention standards. You will need to complete EPA form 3520-1 and DOT form HS-7 attesting to your vehicle’s compliance. Additionally, you will need the shipper’s or carrier’s original bill of lading, bill of sale, foreign registration, and other documents covering the vehicle, to be provided to your Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) inspector.
If your vehicle is nonconforming, it may still be eligible for import with modifications by a DOT-registered importer, who modifies the vehicle and certifies that it conforms to all applicable FMVSS and emissions standards. Additionally, the importer must post a bond equivalent to one and a half times the dutiable value of the vehicle (in addition to the normal CBP entry bond). A copy of the bond must be provided with the HS-7 form. The same is applicable for EPA, the list is here: EPA Independent Commercial Importers.
A nonconforming car may be imported from Saipan to the United States under certain conditions, such as re-importing a previously exported vehicle, shipping a vehicle for personal use not exceeding one year, shipping a vehicle as a member of foreign armed forces, diplomatic personnel, or other exceptions authorized by the US State Department, bringing a vehicle into the country for testing, demonstration, or competition, or other special circumstances. CFR Rinkens can help you identify if your vehicle falls into one of these categories for Car Import from Saipan to USA.
Saipan to US Car Import Costs & Time Frame
Using a baseline of a compact car being shipped the Port of Saipan to the Port of Los Angeles, our estimate for a Car Import from Saipan to USA starts at a cost of $2,000 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 25 – 45 days.
However, the cost to import a car to United States can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in Saipan, your shipping method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination. Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and American taxes & duties.
Duties are levied by Customs and Border Patrol before your vehicle is delivered; if you are staying in United States and the vehicle is imported concurrently with your arrival in the country, you are permitted to import a car for up to 12 months without having to pay duties.
Taxes & Duties for Importing Cars to the United States
Generally, foreign-made vehicles imported for personal use or sale are dutiable at the following rates:
Duty rates are based on price paid or payable, and most Canadian-manufactured vehicles are duty-free. If you are a resident of the United States returning to the country from travel, work, or study abroad, you may apply your $800 CBP exemption, and those of accompanying family members, towards the value of the vehicle under the following circumstances:
To obtain an estimate of the cost to import a car to the United States, fill out our free quick quote form. We guarantee a response within 24 hours.
Saipan to US Vehicle Import Options
Import Car from Saipan to USA can be performed using a shared container, or sole container service.
Roll-On / Roll-Off Car Shipping Service – Our most budget friendly option. Best for working cars, since vehicles are driven onto a large loading area, similar to a parking garage, where they are secured for overseas shipping to USA.
Unlike our enclosed container shipping services, the only added charges are customs clearance and port expenses.
Shared Container Service – Our best value option! Vehicles are securely loaded into an enclosed ocean container, along with several vehicles that will share in the added expenses for container shipping. These include: customs fees, terminal handling, unloading and trucking charges.
How do we fit several vehicles into a single container? Cars are loaded and stacked using a steel loading system that allows the safe and secure loading of multiple vehicles, without relying on potentially damaging wood and nails.
Unlike Roll-On/Roll-Off car shipping, you’ll have the added security of a fully enclosed container with no exposure to the elements. However, the container must reach capacity prior to shipping, so you might experience a longer wait time before your vehicle ships out to the states.
Full Container Load – Our top of the line car shipping solution! Just like our shared container service, enjoy the advantage of a fully enclosed shipping container that will contain solely your vehicle. Added terminal handling expenses won’t be shared with other vehicle owners, but there won’t be an added wait for the container to reach capacity. You’ll enjoy a shorter wait before the vehicle ships out.
Once CFR receives your vehicle, our agents will photograph and record the vehicle’s condition. Vehicles are carefully loaded using our steel loading framework, ensuring safe and secure shipping. When the vehicle is loaded as a full container load, it is locked and secured for transport so that it can’t be accessed before reaching its destination in the States. We invite our customers to transport additional items inside the vehicle, since the car will be fully enclosed in a secure container. However, please make sure everything is packed securely, as we won’t be responsible for any damages.
Upon arrival in the United States, our shipping agents will unlock the container, make note of the vehicle’s condition into our guaranteed condition report. Compared to our Roll-On/Roll-Off Service, enclosed container transport to USA is safer, as well as quicker thanks to regular weekly departures.
Sourcing Vehicles – For a small fee, our shipping agents can assist overseas clients with vehicle sourcing and car buying. Take advantage of the network of reputable car buyers we’ve developed in our over twenty years as leaders in the shipping industry.
Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.
Ports Served in the US and Saipan
Departure Ports – Saipan
The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car import to the United States, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers.
We import vehicles from Saipan, the capital island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), to the mainland United States.
Destination Ports – United States
We are able to import into any port in the USA, with CFR facilities in Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Oakland, and Charleston.
Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage
Before importing your vehicle to the United States, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms. This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods.
CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement.
We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.
Driving Your Vehicle in the United States
Before driving your vehicle in the United States, ensure that both you and your vehicle comply with US licensing and registration laws. Requirements differ based on your citizenship status and the length of your stay in the United States.
Your imported vehicle should bear the International Registration Marker, and you may wish to consider acquiring an International Driving Permit (IDP) if you are a foreign national. Saipan is a party to the Convention on International Road Traffic of 1949, meaning that Saipan citizens can acquire an IDP and use their driver’s license in the United States.
Other Saipan/US Shipping Options
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This information was updated in September 2018. All information, time frames, pricing, and regulations are subject to change. Please contact a sales representative for the most current rates and information.