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Yes, sadly, this is s thing, courtesy of the United States gubmint. Officially, if a vehicle is primarily designed to carry cargo, the import tax is 25%. Ouch. If a vehicle is primarily designed to carry people, import tax is 2.5%. Tolerable. There’s a lot of blurry area in between (is a van without seats in the back primarily for cargo? Yup. Even if the identical van with seats is for people. you’d pay 25% on the one without seats, and 2.5% on the one with seats). Remember the Subaru Brat? They put seats in the back to sidestep this tax. Initially intended (1960’s?) to ‘protect’ the USA auto industry from ‘unfair’ foreign competition (hence the total dominance of American built trucks in the USA), it’s beyond absurd this law is still on the books, but there it is. Google it. Write to your congressman. While you’re at it, let’s try and get them to change the idiot 25 year rule to maybe 15.
This is the real deal, I had so many people telling me they wish they pulled the trigger on mine while I had it for sale, you can miss out once on bad luck but if you miss out twice it’s something else
Go get it these are getting harder and harder to find !
Not so sure about this 25% business, at the least it is not enforced.
I imported a pickup two months ago and paid 2.5%.
You got lucky then but remember the only ones that are allowed to go back in time and change the bill is the goverment, you or your custom broker made the mistake to bring it in as a suv and not as a pu. Remember you are bringing these in for resale purposes and do not want your customers to get any future hassle about this !
RMP&O--Joe's right, you got lucky. The law is very clear on this, and if you're going to import vehicles for resale, you should already know about it. If you don't, Google the 'chicken tax', as it pertains to importing light trucks. If you're saying on your import documents that a pickup is an SUV, then you are defrauding the US Government. Up to you if you want to try. I wouldn't.
That said, you are just a guy, not Ford Motor Corp, so the scrutiny the Federal Government gives you, and the stakes for them, are much lower. You could probably get away with it time after time. Not sure what the consequences would be for you (or your buyer) if you get caught, but why hassle with it? It only takes one Customs guy with a burr in his saddle to ruin your day (or worse).