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Friday, May 19, 2017

How Did You Import A S15 Nissan Silvia?

How to illegally import a Nissan Silvia S15.  September 2016

How did you import that Nissan S15 Silvia?  S15's were never sold in the US, but like anything, if someone wants something bad enough, they will do anything to get it, including breaking the laws.

The Nissan Silvia was sold from 1999-2002 in Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.  There were several models, engines, and transmissions available.  Overall very similar to the S13, and S14 versions. Evolutions vs Revolutions. Rear wheel drive, SR20(mostly), two door coupes.

Recently a shop called All JDM Motors in South Carolina was busted importing a 1996 R33 Nissan Skyline GT-R. Customs opened a container that All JDM Motors said contained engines and parts. It turned out that the shell, was actually a running car with a couple parts removed.  Since 2014, they had supposedly imported 18 containers.  Out of those 18 containers, how many contained illegally imported and declared cars?   We don't know for sure, but their Facebook page showed at least two other vehicles that seemed to be imported the same way.

How to illegally import a Nissan Silvia S15.   May 2016
Every shipment is electronically filed with CBP, and this documentation is part of what allows the shipping companies to release the cargo. If the documentation is forged, or false, and a physical examination of the goods/container at the port does not occur, then the black market, or contraband cargo could be released.

We have people ask us all the time about vehicles, that were not legally imported. It happens, there are a lot of shipments that come to the US, out of the thousands and thousands of containers that come in some will slip though.
Vehicles that are imported to the US, must meet certain requirements based on the model year, or year of manufacture.  The NHTSA or DOT governs Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, or safety items. The EPA governs emissions related items.

CBP says on a typical day they process :

» 72,179 truck, rail, and sea containers
» 282,252 incoming privately owned vehicles

So they will miss a few of the illegally imported cars.

Once the cars are in the US, people use contacts in the DMV, mostly Florida, to get their illegally imported cars registered.  The biggest issue we have is that these illegally imported cars can eventually be seized. When they are seized, the person that owns the car, normally has no idea that the car was illegally imported.  They normally lose the car, and they lose their money. The scammers like All JDM Motors got paid, and move on to the next person they can scam.  Don't say its none of our business, because it is our business.

R33 GT-R from post June 2016. Another illegally imported car. 

Illegally Imported R33 GT-R


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