U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced plans to conduct a pilot to promote paperless processing of export documentation for used self-propelled vehicles. This pilot will begin no earlier than June 9 and run for about two years.

Under CBP regulations, a self-propelled vehicle is any automobile, truck, tractor, bus, motorcycle, motor home, self-propelled agricultural machinery, self-propelled construction equipment, self-propelled special use equipment, and any other self-propelled vehicle used or designed for running on land but not on rail. Currently, for USPVs exported by vessel or aircraft, both the required documentation describing the vehicle and the vehicle itself must be presented to CBP at least 72 hours prior to export. For USPVs exported at a land border crossing (by rail, highway, or under their own power), the required documentation must be submitted at least 72 hours prior to export and the vehicle must be presented at the time of export.

Under the forthcoming pilot, participants will submit the documentation to CBP electronically via the Document Imaging System. This will apply to exports of all USPVs regardless of the mode of transportation, though implementation of the pilot for each mode and/or port participation will be staggered. CBP states that this process will allow it to test the mechanisms and procedures for electronic submission as a preliminary step toward a more automated and efficient export reporting system for USPVs.

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