DIY: How to import your own KEI truck into the U.S. that can be registered anywhere. (2023)

HOW TO IMPORT A KEI MINI TRUCK INTO THE U.S. THAT CAN BE REGISTERED ANYWHERE

DISCLAIMERS: I am not a licensed customs broker. The information here was obtained through research and the consultation of CBP officers and import specialists. Each port and CBP office may have their own particular way of doing things so I am not liable for any issues that arise during your importation. That said, my information has helped many people successfully import their own vehicles. Also, CBP understands the complexity of filing one’s own import entry and will offer significant assistance and latitude to first-timers. Remember, they work for you and are there to help.

SHOULD YOU IMPORT A KEI TRUCK?

Importing a vehicle into the USA can be a frightening experience for someone who’s inexperienced in doing so. The internet is full of stories of US Customs seizing vehicles which makes some question whether it’s worth the risk. Yes, there are some risks, but for people importing a single vehicle at a time for personal use the process is actually quite simple. I recently successfully imported my own KEI truck and have compiled this guide as a resource for anyone else who is interested in doing the same. While I cannot guarantee that your experience will be as smooth as mine, this guide will certainly help you avoid the major pitfalls. That said, there are many reasons why it’s preferable to purchase a KEI truck from a U.S. dealer. You’ll hopefully get service and support as well as supporting a U.S. business. However, there are advantages to importing your own, such as:

Typically a significantly lower price, and (maybe) better maintenance. In Japan, vehicles must undergo a comprehensive examination periodically. For older KEI trucks, the inspections are annually from what I’ve read. Therefore, getting a vehicle directly from Japan will hopefully mean it’s in good mechanical condition. Most likely the vehicle was driven in the city or in the farms and it wasn’t abused. It also ensures that it is mostly stock so you most likely won’t have to worry about CV joint binding from bad lift jobs and other such problems.

THE U.S. IMPORT PROCESS FOR VEHICLES

When importing a vehicle into the U.S. one usually must file what’s called a formal entry. It is a process in which an entity notifies the U.S. government what, when, where and how a commodity is entering US commerce. To file a formal entry, one registers for a Customs importer number (a unique ID for every importer) and files entry paperwork with U.S. Customs within no earlier than a week before or no later than 10 days after the cargo arrives into port. A Customs bond must also be purchased.

Reference:
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/de...mal-entry-(for-goods-valued-at-$2500-or-more)

Fortunately, for shipments worth less than $2500 a formal entry is not required. The importer can do what’s called an “informal entry”. An informal entry does not require a customs bond nor does it require obtaining an importer number. In addition, the importer can simply go to the Customs office at the port the cargo is entering and request assistance on how to do an informal entry. That said, if you read this guide you will know exactly how to file your own informal entry.

This guide assumes that you live near or intend to travel to the seaport that will receive your vehicle. If this isn’t the case you can hire a customs bonded shipping company to transport the vehicle to a customs bonded warehouse near you from which to file entry. The other method is to hire someone to file the entry at the original seaport, get the vehicle released and then transport it normally directly to your doorstep.

CERTAIN LAWS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Due to lobbying by Mercedes-Benz of America, Congress passed laws that require the EPA and DOT to restrict the import of non-US origin vehicles unless they meet U.S. safety and environmental standards. Whether or not U.S. vehicles are inherently superior to vehicles from other countries is outside the scope of this document. What is important is that YOUR VEHICLE WILL BE SEIZED UNLESS IT MEETS THESE REQUIREMENTS. Luckily, there is a 25 year old exemption for “classic vehicles”. If a vehicle is 25 years or older from the date of manufacture (month and year) it can legally be imported into the U.S. without having to meet DOT standards (21 years for EPA standards). This is why current year KEI trucks are imported as “off-road vehicles with speed limiters” while older KEI trucks require no such modifications.

Some vehicles, such as the 1990 Suzuki Carry that I imported do not specify the month of manufacturer. In such cases, there are resources online that can decode the VIN and tell you approximately a range of months that it would have been manufactured. On my Carry the VIN showed the truck looked to be have been built around February so I used that as the month of manufacture and imported my vehicle in February. Customs would have to prove that the vehicle wasn’t manufactured on the date specified to seize the vehicle. FYI, seizing and detaining are different. Customs may detain anything for inspection but to actually seize and take ownership of the item (forfeit) Customs requires an administrative or criminal violation. Ergo, if you state the vehicle was mfg’d on 4/1990 and an engine label or seat-belt tag says differently or there is evidence that the model you’re importing did not exist in the configuration for the year you claimed than your vehicle can be seized. Keep things on the up and up and be as transparent as possible and you will be fine.

KEY DEFINITIONS

There are certain key terms that you should be aware of:

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  1. Importer – the entity that is filing the customs entry (files the customs paperwork and pays the duties)
  2. Consignee – The entity that will be receiving and owning the commodity (you)
  3. Date of Import – When the commodity enters the Customs territorial borders of the U.S. (e.g. when a ship enters the port)
  4. Date of Entry – When the paperwork is filed with Customs to apply for entry.
  5. Date of Export – When the commodity was exported from the country of origin
  6. Duties – A customs tax to be paid on commodities entering the U.S. The duty on vehicles for the transportation of goods, i.e. trucks, is 25% and 2.5% for passenger vehicles.
  7. Port of Entry – the port through which the commodity will enter the US
  8. HTS Code – Harmonized Tariff Code. Each commodity has a classification code that determines what duties will be paid on its import. You can search HTS codes at: hts.usitc.gov. Perhaps the most difficult part of the process is determining the proper HTS code. Passenger vehicles start with the HTS subheading 8703 and vehicles for the transport of goods start at 8704.
  9. Customs Ruling – If the HTS classification of a specific commodity is in question, e.g. should a KEI Mitsubishi Minicab with off-road tires, suspension and a dump bed be classified as a dump vehicle for off-highway use or as a standard vehicle for the transportation of goods, Customs may publish a customs ruling that will make clear exactly which HTS applies to the commodity. See (http://rulings.cbp.gov/index.asp?ru=086305&qu=HQ+082797&vw=detail) for an example.
  10. Customs Bonds – Bonds for the purpose of insuring that Customs will receive payment of fees for the importation of goods. There are ISF bonds, entry bonds and DOT bonds. Informal entries do not require the purchase of bonds.
  11. Importer Security Filing 10+2 (ISF) – In 2009 a new requirement when into effect requiring formal entries by sea to submit cargo and carrier information in advance to CBP. ISF filings are not required for informal entries.
  12. Harbor Maintenance Fee (HMF) – Certain ports require the payment of a HMF which is .125% of the value of the cargo. For a list of ports that require HMF see: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2011-title19-vol1/pdf/CFR-2011-title19-vol1-sec24-24.pdf
  13. Merchandise Processing Fee (MPF) – MPF is paid on all imports. For formal entries it is 0.3464% of the value of the cargo up to a max of $485. For informal entries, it is $2 if the entry or release is automated and not prepared by CBP personnel, $6 if the entry or release is manual and not prepared by CBP personnel, and $9 if the entry or release, whether automated or manual, is prepared by CBP personnel.
  14. Bill of Lading – The bill of lading (BOL) works as a receipt of freight services; a contract between a freight carrier and shipper and a document of title.

THE PROCESS STEP-BY-STEP

-=STEP 1=-

Contact a vehicle exporter. They will either have an inventory of vehicles you can choose from or they can export a vehicle that you have purchased from auctions. If importing from Japan (which applies to most of us) I would highly recommend Japancardirect.com. They have a great track record of delivering vehicles that meet or exceed the customer’s expectations. Tradecarview.com is another great resource. It is a marketplace for Japanese exporters and contains a large listing of Japanese vehicles for sale and features convenient search functions.

Price quotes are generally given as CIF or FOB. CIF means that the exporter will arrange and pay for transportation of the vehicle to the port, shipping from the port to your country and insurance. An FOB quote only includes the cost of transporting the vehicle to the outbound port and it is up to the customer to arrange for shipping and insurance. CIF is certainly the more convenient option.

If purchasing a single vehicle, the most common shipping method is roll-on roll-off (RORO). The vehicle will literally be driven onto the ship and off which avoids fees for renting port equipment to unload cargo. Another benefit to not using a shipping container is that if the container gets selected for x-ray inspection by Customs, Customs will charge the importer significant fees which can be avoided by using RORO.

***IMPORTANT***

Make sure the vehicle will be thoroughly steamed cleaned so that it is pest free before export. Otherwise, it may fail USDA inspection and you will be forced to return the vehicle or pay $$$ to house and clean it.

Typically when registering a vehicle at your local Department of Licensing they will require a vehicle title. In some countries such as Japan, the vehicle title is turned over to the government in order to get approval for export. This approval is in the form of an export certificate. The exporter will provide you with the original export certificate and hopefully an English translated copy. Make sure that the translation features a stamp or seal certifying that the translation is accurate to avoid issues with the DOL when you go to register your vehicle.

-=STEP 2=-

Pay for the vehicle. This is almost always done via bank transfer. If an exporter asks for payment by Western Union or MoneyGram, run! They are most likely a scam. Assuming you went CIF, after the exporter receives payment they will airmail you an original Bill of Lading (BOL) from the shipping line as well as a commercial invoice and a certificate of insurance. The exporter will offer dates of arrival. Make sure the date of arrival you choose is at least 25 years past the vehicle’s date of manufacture if you intend to file DOT and EPA exemptions. The shipping line will then contact you and provide you a notice of arrival/freight invoice with specifics like the arrival date, the commodity being transported and instructions on how to provide payment for the collect charge. The collect charge covers fees the port charges against the shipping line. For my import, the collect charge amounted to $123. You will also need to mail the original BOL that you received from the exporter to the shipping line. Pay the collect charge and mail the BOL so that the shipping line receives them at least two days before the ship makes port if you intend to take receipt of the vehicle ASAP (assuming there isn’t a customs hold).

-=STEP 3=-

Download CBP form 7501. I have created a version that is electronically fillable here:https://www.dropbox.com/s/bp3z8g9rysu4vww/CBP_Form_7501.pdf?dl=0

This handbook explains how to complete this form: form:https://www.dropbox.com/s/r3va7hbvtow00z4/CBP Form 7501_Instructions.pdf?dl=0

You will see that the example I’ve provided is already populated with values that were used during the import of my Suzuki Carry truck. You most likely won’t need to change fields 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 16, 17, and 18.

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Note: When filing an informal entry you will not have a customs entry number.

Field 13 (manufacturer/exporter ID): The manufacturer’s ID/exporter ID is derived from the exporter. To generate the ID, follow these directions: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sk0t1f56a7zeket/Deriving mfg shipper ID.doc?dl=0

For example, JapanCarDirect’s information is:

Japan Car Direct

2-10-19 Tendai Inage Ku Chiba Chiba Japan 263-0016

Therefore their manufacturing ID would be JPJAPCAR2101CHI.

Fields 6, 19, 20 (port codes): To determine the port codes consult this document:https://www.dropbox.com/s/o3hb1ifw24g2oji/schedule K foreign port codes.txt?dl=0

Fields 22 and 23: For informal entries, your importer number will be your social security number or IRS tax ID.

Field 21, (BLOCK 21) LOCATION OF GOODS/General Order (GO) Number): the storage location of the vehicle after the vehicle is unloaded from the ship at port. This location will be provided to you by the shipping line. If the location has a customs FIRMS code you must use the code. You can find the code here:http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/FIRMS30.txt

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Fields 27 – 30 (Commodity details): Enter your vehicle specifics in fields 27 – 30. First, determine the proper HTS code. There are free resources on the web that can help in determining the code, such as:http://www.dutycalculator.com/new-hs-code-lookup/ (this site will allow you to lookup 3 codes for free). The HTS code starts with a 4 digit subheading followed by pairs of numbers separated by decimals such as 8703.33.0045. Each pair of numbers after a decimal denotes a more specific classification. The subheading for passenger motor vehicles is 8703 and for motor vehicles for the transportation of goods it is 8704. Details you will need to determine the proper HTS code are engine type (spark ignition combustion (gasoline) or compression combustion (diesel), engine displacement in CC’s, engine cylinders, gross vehicle weight (GVW) in metric tons, interior volume/cargo capacity in cubic meters, cargo capacity in metric tons. Sometimes whether to classify a motor vehicle as mainly for transporting passengers or goods isn’t as simple as it seems. For example, a stock Mazda MPV van is classified as a motor vehicle for transporting passengers but if the rear seats are removed it is classified as being designed for the transportation of goods. A stock Toyota 4Runner, which I would have assumed would be classified under the 8703 subheading is actually classified under 8704 since the rear seats can fold down flat and it has a large cargo capacity. If a customs ruling exists on the particular vehicle you’re importing the correct HTS code will be stated in the ruling. Customs Rulings can be searched using CBP’S CROSS system:http://rulings.cbp.gov/index.asp?ac=about

Under the HTS code make sure you include your vehicle’s VIN number, year, make and model. While only the VIN is required on the form, stating the other information as well may assist you in the registration of the vehicle when you get your plates.

32A (Entered value): The vehicle’s purchase price not including freight and insurance.

32B (CHGS): To determine 32B, add up the cost of all freight, port, and insurance charges incurred in importing your vehicle. Proceed the value with the letter C.

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33A (duty rate): Calculate 34 by multiplying 32A by 33A.

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39 (Other Fee Summary): Use code 501 to identify the harbor maintenance fee and 311 for Informal merchandise processing fee. I add the descriptions as well but it’s not required. If you’re not using a broker and are presenting the forms directly to CBP when filing entry you should use the $6 value for the MPF.

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Everything else is self-explanatory. Consult the handbook if you are unsure.

Congratulations, you have completed CBP form 7501!

-=STEP 4=-

Complete the Department of Transportation HS-7 Short form.

Here is an electronically fillable version:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ycvlmc6touqx0pz/hs799short.pdf?dl=0

This form is amazingly simple and self-explanatory. Make sure the vehicle eligibility code = 1.

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-=STEP 5=-

Fill out EPA form 3520 which you can obtain here:

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https://www.dropbox.com/s/vxsz381vbtl61ir/3520-1.pdf?dl=0

Again, simple and self-explanatory. Make sure the EPA exemption number = E.

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-=STEP 6=-

Importers have 15 days to retrieve their shipment before the cargo is sent to a General Order Warehouse where storage charges will add up quickly. Before that happens, contact the Customs and Border Protection Office located at the inbound port and give them the documents you filled out as well as a copy of the BOL and the commercial invoice. Pay the duty either with cash or a check (make sure you have your driver’s license if paying by check). They will stamp two copies of your BOL and CBP form 7501 and clear your vehicle in the system.

-=STEP 7=-

Unless the shipper has a private terminal at the inbound port, the port will most likely act as the agent for discharging your vehicle. Your notice of arrival/freight invoice from the shipping line will specify the place your vehicle will be unloaded. Google the facility and speak with the import specialist there. The import specialist can tell you the status of your cargo and whether a customs hold has been placed on it. If there is no hold and the shipping line has notified them that you have paid the collect charge and sent the original BOL they will discharge the vehicle for you. Give them a set of the stamped BOL and form 6501. They will print off some release papers and direct you to the pickup area. The pickup area may be a secure access area. If so, you will either need to hire an escort with TWIC credentials to escort you to your vehicle (the port’s website should provide a list of escorts for a nominal fee, usually $50) or if you have a U.S. military CAC card or a US Federal Government PIV card you can get through without an escort. Go through the gate and find the import supervisor and give him your discharge document. He’ll direct you to your vehicle which will likely be parked among other very cool vehicles. Spend some time appreciating them. Climb into your vehicle. Your keys will be in the ignition. Your vehicle’s fuel tank will most likely be near empty. Prepare to town your vehicle home if you don’t have insurance and a trip permit.

-=STEP 8=-

Proceed to your Department of Licensing office and give them your remaining stamped form 7501, the Japan export certificate and the commercial invoice. The value of the vehicle (not including freight) from the commercial invoice will be used to calculate your state taxes. Some states like Texas require the vehicle to pass a safety and emissions inspection. As long as the vehicle’s original safety and emissions equipment are intact (braking system, indicator lights, horn, headlights, muffler, etc.) the vehicle should pass.

Get your new plates. You’ll notice that the screw holes on the plates won’t match up with Japanese plate mounts. Whip out your drill and drill new holes in the plates (don’t drill the plate mounts on the car!!). Mount your plates and enjoy your vehicle.

AUTHORS NOTE

I spent quite a bit of time consulting with CBP officers, import specialists and port employees to compile all the necessary information on importing a KEI truck into a single source. I also modified the original forms so that they can be filled out electronically. Of course, I provide all this free to help others in the hope that importing vehicles into the U.S., especially KEI class vehicles will increase in popularity, which will lead to more demand domestically to support a growing dealer and parts market. Furthermore, more interest in these unique Japanese vehicles will lead to more voices demanding the changing of the ridiculous U.S. 25 year rule.

If you find this information useful and wish to donate any amount to my cause I would greatly appreciate it. I’m looking to import another car in the future and would put my donations towards this future vehicle. Click the link below to donate. I'll take any amount, even a dollar!

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FAQs

Can I import a Kei truck? ›

But there's an exception: 21 states allow kei trucks (also known as “mini-trucks”) of any age to be imported as off-road vehicles and registered as ATVs, and many of these states happen to allow ATVs to be driven on public roads.

Can I import a Kei car? ›

Any kei car eligible for US import will be, at max, 660cc in displacement, 10.8ft long, 4.6ft wide, and 6.6ft tall. Import a kei car made before 1990, and they could be even smaller!

Can you drive a Kei truck in the US? ›

You can drive mini trucks legally as off-road vehicles in all 50 states of the US. They are widely used on farms, unpaved roads and private properties such as resorts and golf course.

How much does it cost to import a Kei car from Japan? ›

How Much Does it Costs to ship a Car from Japan? The cost to import a car from Japan to USA starts around $2000+ per car.

How many miles do Kei trucks last? ›

Mini trucks will typically last around 150,000 miles when properly cared for. If the vehicle is mainly used for transportation and not carrying load it can often last close to 200,000 miles. When buying a mini-truck, the manufacturers usually include life expectancy as part of the vehicle information.

How much weight can a kei truck carry? ›

Typically, Kei trucks weigh no more than 1,800 pounds and have a payload capacity of 400 to 1,400 pounds.

What is the 25 year import rule? ›

Importing a vehicle that is at least 25 years old.

A motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old can be lawfully imported into the U.S. without regard to whether it complies with all applicable FMVSS.

What is the fastest kei truck? ›

For Japanese mini trucks, the speed could go up to 62-75 mph.
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ModelMax. Speed
Mahindra Supro59 mph
Honda Acty60 mph
Suzuki Carry75 mph
Subaru Sambar87 mph
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Can I import a Suzuki Jimny to the US? ›

Basically, you need to wait twenty-five years to import a new car. In short, you could drive a Jimny, but to get one from 2020, you'd need to wait until 2045. Otherwise, you can't drive it even if you find a loophole allowing you to get it into the country.

What kind of gas mileage does a Japanese mini truck get? ›

What is the Average Gas Mileage on a Japanese Mini Truck? With 45 mpg or more, the gas mileage is an advantage to the mini truck and makes it appealing for many purposes. This does not diminish the horsepower and they will climb a steep track even when carrying a load in four wheel drive.

How much horsepower does a kei truck have? ›

The term “kei car” comes from the Japanese term kei jidōsha, or “light automobile.” Whether kei car or kei truck, they were and are built to a stringent set of regulations. According to Jalopnik, the engine can't be bigger than 660cc (0.67 liters) and can't make more than 64 hp.

Can you drive a European truck in the US? ›

Each has a distinct shape and style that serve different driving purposes. And because of differences in regulations and roads, European trucks wouldn't work in the states, and American trucks wouldn't work in Europe.

Is the s13 legal in the US? ›

Why is this car illegal in the United States: This particular vehicle was declared illegal because it did not meet federal safety and pollution standards and it had a right-hand steering column, similar to cars in England.

Are Kei cars fuel efficient? ›

Kei cars are powered by small engines and don't have much weight to carry around, which means they're very fuel-efficient and produce relatively low emissions. This makes them a much cleaner option than traditional petrol or diesel cars.

Why are there no Kei cars in the US? ›

The US automakers don't sell the diminutive Kei cars here due to our current regulations and buying habits, but they make up about 40 percent of the market in Japan.

How many mpg do Kei trucks get? ›

There are several reasons kei car ownership is now so high. Gas prices are a large influence, and with a CVT and stop/start-equipped Wagon R achieving a staggering 58mpg on Japan's "10.15 Mode" fuel economy test you can see the appeal.

How fast can Kei trucks go? ›

Well, Japanese mini truck makers don't advertise that their products can exceed the speed limit (as that would be, ahem, illegal), but a bit of research in the Japanese reaches of the internet reveals that the maximum speed a mini truck seems to have been tested to on a closed circuit is 78 mph.

How much can a kei truck tow? ›

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Mini TrucksMax. SpeedTow Capacity
Daihatsu Hijet81 mph1323 lb
Mahindra Supro59 mph1620 lb
Tata Ace Mega50 mph1433 lb
Suzuki Carry75 mph1933 lb
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What engine does a kei truck have? ›

Most eligible kei trucks feature a 550cc or 660cc engine, sometimes supercharged, due to Japanese government regulations on the size of a Keitora class. Combine this small, light package with 4wd and you have a nimble, fuel efficient but practical work truck.

How big can a kei car engine be? ›

Measuring no longer than 3.4 metres, no wider than 1.48 metres, and no taller than 2 metres, kei cars these days are also limited to engines no bigger than 660cc and a maximum output of 47kW.

Do kei trucks have power steering? ›

A: There are many advantages. The payload of the mini truck is higher than most others. The fuel economy is much higher than most others. These trucks offer A/C, Power Steering, Blinkers, Head Lights, Windshield wipers, Heat, Horn, Push button 4×4, High Low Transmissions, Locking Differentials, Versital Fold Down Beds.

How much can you import from us before paying tax? ›

Up to $1,600 in goods will be duty-free under your personal exemption if the merchandise is from an IP. Up to $800 in goods will be duty-free if it is from a CBI or Andean country.

What cars Cannot be imported to USA? ›

What Cars are Illegal in the US?
  • 1990 BMW M3 Sport Evolution III.
  • 1993 Jaguar XJ220-S.
  • 1993 Lamborghini Strosek Diablo.
  • 1996-2001 Lotus Elise S1 and the 2000 340R.
  • 2002 Morgan Le Mans '62 Prototype.
  • 1999 Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R V-spec.
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Does import license expire? ›

No, an import/export license does not expire.

Are there automatic Kei trucks? ›

Though most kei class mini trucks are fitted with manual transmissions, newer models are increasingly being equipped with automatic transmissions. Automatic transmissions allow for ease of operation and let the driver focus on the terrain ahead, rather than shifting gears.

How heavy is a kei truck? ›

They weigh about 700 kg (1,500 lb), and when ungoverned, can reach up to 120 km/h (75 mph).

Which Japanese truck is best? ›

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Can you import a Suzuki to the US? ›

Since the passage of the Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act in 1988, car enthusiasts in the United States have been able to import any car from a foreign country as long as it's at least 25 years old.

Why does the US have a 25 year import rule? ›

The Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act, commonly known as the 25-year import rule. It prevents individuals from importing new foreign-market vehicles without undertaking a lengthy—and costly—testing and federalization process. Proponents of the legislation claim the IVSCA keeps American drivers safe.

Is Suzuki returning to USA? ›

@TruHeelSP3. NJPW star Minoru Suzuki is returning to the United States later this year. Minoru Suzuki has been a mainstay for New Japan Pro Wrestling over the past decade, but he has made less appearances for the promotion throughout the course of 2021 and 2022.

Which small truck is most fuel efficient? ›

The Ford Ranger, Ford Maverick, Honda Ridgeline, and Hyundai Santa Cruz average 20 or more combined mpg. Fuel economy is kind in every vehicle segment in 2022.

Do Japanese mini trucks have AC? ›

Japanese mini trucks are often just as capable as ATVs and UTVs, yet provide more creature comforts for the users. Most mini trucks are fitted with air conditioning units, as well as heaters, while many alternatives do not have them.

How far can a mini go on a full tank? ›

With roughly 12-13 gallon tanks, you can expect to be able to cover about 435 miles on a full tank of gas driving a MINI Cooper.

Has Japan ever made a V8? ›

The first mass-produced Japanese V8 engine was the Toyota V engine, which was introduced in the 1964 Toyota Crown Eight luxury car. The Toyota V engine was an all-aluminium construction, used a pushrod valvetrain and was produced until 1997.

Do kei cars need shaken? ›

Once again, Kei cars will cost you less; roughly ¥70,000 to ¥100,000. Vehicles with a white license plate will cost anywhere from ¥80,00 and up. Also, shaken needs to be renewed every 2 years. If your car is brand new out of the dealership, shaken is due for renewal on the third year after the car was manufactured.

Are kei trucks JDM? ›

The Japanese mini-truck or Keitora “Kei” truck, typically referred to in Japan, is a small yet practical truck that has been around since the 1940s. Their uniqueness, versatility, and personality have made these small trucks popular with many JDM enthusiasts.

Can I get a US visa as a truck driver? ›

To qualify for an H-2B visa as a truck driver, you must be at least 18 years old. While commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) issued in Mexico and Canada are valid in the United States, other drivers will need to pass a test and receive their U.S. CDL before beginning work.

How long can a truck driver drive in the US? ›

Drivers have a 14-hour window to drive a maximum of 11 hours. They are required to take a 30-minute break after eight hours of driving. With the 14-hour rule, drivers cannot drive after the 14th consecutive hour they are on duty until they take 10 hours off duty.

Which visa is required for truck driver in USA? ›

U.S. trucking companies can use the H-2B visa to hire foreign commercial truck drivers. This visa program is designed to help U.S. employers overcome shortages of U.S. workers who are not willing and able to perform nonagricultural labor.

Why are r34s illegal in the US? ›

Long story short, the Nissan Skyline GT-R is illegal in the United States because it doesn't meet the requirements of the 1988 Imported Vehicle Safety Compliance Act. The Skyline was not built with the right safety features to comply with the relevant road safety legislation.

Is Silvias illegal? ›

Why is Nissan Silvia S15 illegal? The Nissan S15 is presently prohibited from being imported into the United States by the Import Vehicle Safety Compliance Act, often known as the 25-Year Rule. The legislation prohibits importing any automobile that was not first sold in the United States and is less than 25 years old.

Is the Toyota Chaser legal in US? ›

A little background about the Toyota Chaser

According to Hot Cars, the vehicle was only offered in Japan, but after 25 years, it became available in the U.S. But, only for a select few generations. In September 2021, the sixth generation was finally cleared to be imported to American soil.

Can you import kei cars? ›

Any kei car eligible for US import will be, at max, 660cc in displacement, 10.8ft long, 4.6ft wide, and 6.6ft tall. Import a kei car made before 1990, and they could be even smaller!

Can kei cars drive on the highway? ›

Kei vehicles must follow the rules of the road and cannot be driven on limited-access highways or roads with a speed limit that is greater than 55 miles per hour.

Can kei cars go on the highway? ›

If they're older than 25 years old, they can be driven on the highway in the USA because they're exempt from EPA and crash safety standards. That said, I've driven one 10k miles mostly highway and I would not recommend it.

Can you register a kei car in America? ›

Now, as you might already know, the United States forbids the importation and registration of any non-federalized, foreign-market vehicle that isn't at least 25 years old; a rule that applies to kei cars and most desirable JDM models as a whole.

Can you drive a kei truck in the US? ›

You can drive mini trucks legally as off-road vehicles in all 50 states of the US. They are widely used on farms, unpaved roads and private properties such as resorts and golf course.

Are mini trucks street legal in the US? ›

A mini truck less than 25 years old cannot be legally imported into the U.S. as an on-road vehicle unless the vehicle is brought up to FMVSS compliance.

Can I import a truck to Australia? ›

Tourists or temporary residents can import road vehicles into Australia on a temporary basis (for a period of up to 12 months), without paying duty and taxes, provided conditions are met. If you temporarily import your road vehicle using a CPD carnet an import approval is not required.

Can you import kei cars to UK? ›

In Britain too, landscapers and gardening services are beginning to import Kei trucks directly from Japan to the UK since it's now a straightforward process.

Are Kei trucks JDM? ›

The Japanese mini-truck or Keitora “Kei” truck, typically referred to in Japan, is a small yet practical truck that has been around since the 1940s. Their uniqueness, versatility, and personality have made these small trucks popular with many JDM enthusiasts.

Can you register a kei truck in Oregon? ›

Kei Vehicles/Mini-Trucks

They can be titled in Oregon, but cannot get registration because they were not primarily manufactured for U.S. roads or highways.

How much tax do you pay on imported cars? ›

Import Duty

In theory, this is quite simple: the US levies an import tariff on all imported vehicles, based on their value at the time of purchase. This is charged at 0-2.4% for motorcycles, 2.5% for cars, and 25% for trucks and lorries.

How do I become a registered car workshop? ›

Apply for registration under the automotive workshop scheme (RAWS)
  1. your proof of identity.
  2. your business or organisation details, including the representative authority.
  3. proof of entitlement to register the vehicle.
  4. your proof of concession (if applicable)
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What would happen if trucks stopped in Australia? ›

Without fuel, public services and manufacturing activities will halt. Thousands will be left jobless. Police, fire, rescue, and other public service vehicles will be rendered useless and will further endanger the lives of Australian citizens.

What is the 25 year import rule? ›

Importing a vehicle that is at least 25 years old.

A motor vehicle that is at least 25 years old can be lawfully imported into the U.S. without regard to whether it complies with all applicable FMVSS.

How big can a kei car engine be? ›

Measuring no longer than 3.4 metres, no wider than 1.48 metres, and no taller than 2 metres, kei cars these days are also limited to engines no bigger than 660cc and a maximum output of 47kW.

How fast can Kei trucks go? ›

For Japanese mini trucks, the speed could go up to 62-75 mph. You should bear in mind that these trucks, by vehicle class and by law, were only designed for a maximum speed of about 50 mph.

How much horsepower does a kei truck have? ›

The term “kei car” comes from the Japanese term kei jidōsha, or “light automobile.” Whether kei car or kei truck, they were and are built to a stringent set of regulations. According to Jalopnik, the engine can't be bigger than 660cc (0.67 liters) and can't make more than 64 hp.

What brands make Kei trucks? ›

Typical manufacturers and model names include: Subaru Sambar, Suzuki Carry, Honda Acty, Mazda / Autozam Scrum, Mitsubishi Minicab, and Daihatsu Hijet. The first model to be sold in Japan was in 1959, called the Kurogane Baby, until 1962.

Are Kei cars fuel efficient? ›

Kei cars are powered by small engines and don't have much weight to carry around, which means they're very fuel-efficient and produce relatively low emissions. This makes them a much cleaner option than traditional petrol or diesel cars.

Are kei trucks legal in Ohio? ›

A mini-truck is legal, however, for off-road operation. Ohio law does not address the operation of mini-trucks on public roads; therefore they cannot be operated on the public roads of this state.

Are mini trucks legal in Hawaii? ›

Kei-class vehicles are Japanese-made mini automobiles and they can only be imported to Hawaii if they are a quarter century or older. “So they are legal in the United States, but if it's less than 25 years, you're not allowed to import them,” said Department of Transportation spokesman Jai Cunningham.

Are kei trucks legal in NC? ›

After the Governor's signature, Japanese Mini Trucks will be street legal in North Carolina! We'll keep you posted once the law is enacted. An update to the NCDOT Japanese Mini Truck titling in North Carolina. The full North Carolina Senate passed their bill to make Japanese mini trucks street legal in North Carolina.

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