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Saturday Car Toon: Nissan Skyline GT-R


Finally available for legal US import

Published on May 7, 2013 by Petrolicious

Kevin Reimer is a professional downhill skateboarder from Vancouver, Canada, traveling all around the world to race down technical roads. When looking for a car to buy, he desired something with similar traction and grip as his skateboards, as well as something that could handle turns at speed. He found his perfect car: A 1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R. When he discovered that he and the car had both raced and won on the same course, he knew there was a special connection. Now Kevin has the ultimate tools: one to race down a canyon and one to drive to the top of one.

“Black Market” versus US legal

2014 is the first year Skyline R’s can be legally imported to the United States under the 25-year rule for EPA/DOT exemptions on car imports.

Jalopnik covered the story of Trevor Cobb’s effort to have the first legal Skyline GT-R in the United States on January 1.

… I have become intimately familiar with US Federal law regarding vehicle importation, and have spent dozens of hours reading the relevant sections of CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) applicable to Customs, DOT/NHTSA, EPA, etc… I even printed out the actual CFR sections that were applicable and highlighted them and took them with me to the border. I didn’t end up needing them at all.

I pulled up to the border station, told the officer in the guard shack that I needed to declare the car, and he had me park it and come inside. I gave the CBP officer inside the border station my pre-filled HS-7 form ( with “Box 1” checked and the date of manufacture listed as “1989” since Canadian registrations don’t list production month like Japanese paperwork (ie. de-registration cert) does, and my EPA 3520-1 form (…) with the box for “Code E” checked.

I had pre-calculated my customs duties based on 3% for the first $1000 then 2.5% for the remaining balance for vehicle imports, and the amount they wanted to charge me was very close to what I thought, so I swiped my debit card and got my receipt.

The two officers had me sign my forms in front of them, they spent some time themselves on the internet and calling another station to confer about exactly how to handle the situation, then about 20 minutes after arriving, they stamped my forms, gave me some additional paperwork to take with me, handed me my tariff receipt and sent me on my way.

The Canadian seller had previously transferred the registration to my name, but couldn’t get me plates since I wasn’t a resident there. He did get me a 1 day transit pass to drive the car legally all day on 1/1/14

TrevorCanada has a 15 year rule, which is why Kevin Reimer has his 1991 Skyline GT-R, while Trevor had to wait to this month to get his 1989 GT-R into Maryland.

Mike “FossilMedic” Ward

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