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So, has anyone imported an old FJ45 lwb pickup (1965) from Canada? My question is the import tax (Chicken) still enforced? And, if so, how is it calculated? Present day sales price or the price it was in 1965?
 
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Regarding whether the chicken tax is due on import, the law doesn't make any distinction between new and used trucks, so technically, yes, you're supposed to pay it.

That said, the tax is levied based on the HTS (Harmonized Tariff Schedule) code assigned to the vehicle on the entry form (7501), which will be completed by the Customs officer. If they're lazy or generous, they'll fill in a 8703 code, which is a general code for vehicles designed to carry people. The tariff on 8703 should be calculated at 2.5%. Your truck should probably have a 8704 HTS code, which is intended for vehicles designed to carry cargo. Tariff on 8704 code is 25% (the dreaded "chicken tax").

When I brought my HDJ80 in from Canada, the Customs officer who helped me used a 8704 code, which in my opinion is incorrect for my car, but since he only charged me 2.5% import duty (which he further rounded down to an even amount), I wasn't feeling like arguing with him about it. It seemed to me that the Customs officer had some discretion regarding how much duty to charge. He was a good guy, he was interested in my truck, and I got the feeling he didn't want to be the bureaucratic a$$hole that reamed me for huge import tax just because he could. Which is all to say it may all come down to luck. If you get a good dude (all I've encountered have been), they'll probably try and help you out.

Regarding how the value of your car is determined, there are several options. I had with me a copy of my Bill of Sale which listed the sale price, but the Customs officer thought that was too high (!) and instead looked up a comparable car in his little book (seemed similar to a KBB type thing). I was OK with the value he determined since it resulted in lower duty for me.

In addition to the Bill of Sale or the Kelly Blue Book (or equivalent), you can simply declare the value of the car. It's no different than when you're arriving from an international flight and Customs at the airport asks you if you have anything to declare. You're attesting to the US government (under penalty of perjury) that the value you've declared is the true value of the goods. Simple as that. Note that if they're suspicious you've intentionally under-valued your goods, they may ask for proof.

Not sure how helpful all that is. Lots of words.
 
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Just had a good call with the DMW.. I gave them the VIN number of the car, but it did not show up in their register. The really nice lady then told me the way forward would be to register it as a "Collector Plate Vehicle" because it is over 25 years.. But If I read that website, the vehicle should then not have any alterations, which our Toyota has of course.. The additional Toyota Attest on the Rebuilt might help here.... Looking into it even a bit further, I might also be able to register it as Hobbyist vehicle. Any thoughts about this? I think I will make a second phone call in the coming weeks, because I want to understand if I can sell the Vehicle with Collector plates or Hobbyist plates, because we are now considering leaving the vehicle in the US.

So, if anyone here is interested in it, shoot me a message! It is a dream vehicle, and should be used for the thing we use it for!
 
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Is it possible to import my 2001 LandCruiser 100 Diesel from Germany to the US now and just store it here until it turns 25 years old to avoid modifications to odometer and such?
 

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Not legally, as far as I know.

Bringing it into the US is the act of importing and, as such, is dictated by the federal import laws which require the 25 years old (or other considerations, but that’s not relevant to your question).

Registering it is a state thing.

I stored my LC in Oz for a couple of years before I brought it over when in turned 25.
 

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Is it possible to import my 2001 LandCruiser 100 Diesel from Germany to the US now and just store it here until it turns 25 years old to avoid modifications to odometer and such?

You could import it into Canada and store it there (Canada only requires imports be 15 years old). I did this with my HDJ80 while I waited for it to turn 25. Once it was old enough, I brought it across the border.
 
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Sounds like storing the LC outside the US until it turns 25 years is the only option to avoid the modifications. Thank you all for the input!
 

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Sounds like storing the LC outside the US until it turns 25 years is the only option to avoid the modifications. Thank you all for the input!
I think that is your only legal option. Although the 100 series has been legally imported with modifications, I don’t think the diesel version is included as a possibility.
 

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It might be worth calling a Registered Importer (list in link above) to find out what’s involved in making your car compliant with the relevant FMVSS. Europe probably had similar safety specifications so it might be as simple as mph speedometer and maybe lighting. If it’s airbags and side impact protection or something like that, then probably not.

I’d guess since it has been done (ie the car is on “the list”) that it’s not too difficult.
 

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