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Fees for Registration of Importers and Imports of Non-conforming Vehicles Being Increased

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has adopted a final rule establishing for fiscal year 2015 and beyond the fees relating to the registration of vehicle importers and the importation of motor vehicles not certified as conforming to the federal motor vehicle safety standards. These changes will become effective Oct. 1 and petitions for reconsideration must be received no later than Nov. 10.

- The fee for the registration of a new registered importer is being increased from $805 to $844.

- The annual fee for renewing an existing registration is being increased from $676 to $726.

- The fee to reimburse U.S. Customs and Border Protection for conformance bond processing costs is being increased from $9.09 to $9.34 per bond.

- The fee for the review, processing, handling and disbursement of cash deposits that are submitted in lieu of a conformance bond is being increased from $495 to $499.

- The fees for the importation of a vehicle covered by an import eligibility decision made on an individual model and model year basis are being increased from $101 to $138, regardless of whether the decision is based on the vehicle’s substantial similarity to a U.S. certified vehicle or its capability of being modified to comply with all applicable FMVSS.

- The fee for the inspection of a vehicle will remain $827.

- The fee for processing a conformity package will decrease from $12 to $10. If the vehicle has been entered electronically through the Automated Broker Interface and the RI has an email address, the fee will continue to be $6 provided it is paid by credit card. If NHTSA finds that the information in the entry or the conformity package is incorrect, the processing fee will increase from $57 to $59.

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