|Importing a Chang Jiang by Tom Denison|
Heres a rather long version of my experience so far importing my CJ. My bike was completed in the middle of March of this year, and was shipped around April 17.
The shipping company supplied the name of
Dolphin Logistics, a shipping broker in
an important document, the ISF (Importation Security
Filing), which was supposed to be completed before the
thing to keep in mind is the definition of Personal
Effect. Tony, my broker at DL, asked me early
on if the bike was a personal effect. I said it
was, as I thought he was asking if the motorcycle was my
personal property, not merchandise I was importing to
resell. In US Customs language, Personal
Effect means personal property that you have
accumulated while living abroad that you wish to bring
back with you to the
at LRM sent me the Bill of Lading, list of crate contents
, bill of sale, and title of the bike via DHL after it
point when I looked at the BOL, I noticed that it gave
the final destination port as
Tony sent me a DOT form to fill out, on which you state that the bike is too old to have to comply with Bumper safety (?) and anti-theft (?) standards. At the bottom of the DOT form is a statement saying that if you have filled this form out you must also fill out an EPA form #3520-1. When I asked Tony about it, he said it wasnt necessary. I had been advised on the discussion board that it WAS needed, so I found it online, filled it out and sent it to Tony. I dont know if he submitted it or not, but I think he had to.
One thing that can happen and you have no control over it, is that Customs can pull a container for further inspection, and everyone with cargo in that container has to pay their share of the inspection fee. Containers get x-rayed at the port of entry, and if something doesnt look right, Customs will open the container. This happened to my container, and I had to pay extra for the CET (Contraband Enforcement Team) exam. This also delayed the shipment by three or four days. If they DO find contraband, you will be waiting for your bike for a very long time If they open the crate containing your bike, you will pay another fee for that privilege.
As I said, I had no experience with importing, but I expected that the broker would ask me for all my pertinent information (which includes your passport # or SSN), and since I had given them power of attorney, they would fill out and submit all the forms on schedule. Why else would you need to submit a POA? My opinion is that if there had not been a misunderstanding about personal effect, the only thing I would have had to do was forward the BOL, BOS and packing list to them. Maybe thats just a fantasy, but what did I pay Dolphin Logistics for?
bike arrived in
Heres a list of the documents I submitted for importation. I did not include the unnecessary ones that I filled out due to the confusion.
Power of Attorney, ISF, Copy of SS card, Copies of IRS tax return, Copy of drivers license, Bill of Lading, Bill of Sale, Packing List, DOT form, EPA form.
Its not a huge amount of stuff, and if you get a good broker, Im sure it wont be nearly as stressful for you as it was for me. Again, I think if you are close to the port of entry, and speak with a Customs person regularly, you may be able to do it yourself.
is the final bill for the charges to clear the bike
through Customs in LA.. I still dont know what DL
charges, even though I asked Tony that question several
times. Im all paid up though, and I decided
not to challenge the late filing fee. Chalk it up
bike is coming into