Not long ago, US Customs and Border Protection agents raided a local Japanese automobile import and parts shop.  They seized a bunch of laptops and documents after authorities became aware of a 1996 Nissan Skyline concealed within a shipping tote headed for the dealer.  That particular automobile is banned under the US import laws and absolutely shouldn’t be for sale. An arrest affidavit stated that in a single month alone, this store shipped nearly six transmissions, multiple cars which are not allowed into the US, and that the shop understated the value of the shipment by over a hundred thousand dollars.   What makes this case weird is that although the shop was conducting illegal activities, consumers can easily go online and find a shop in the US willing to sell a range of vehicles banned under the import law. Shoppers can also cross the border in Canada and bring an illegal automobile back. Many shops follow questionable importing sales strategies that mislead consumers.  The cars are imported from Japan are normally disassembled, shipped over to this country and reassembled, which isn’t exactly legal. This is the way it’s been done for multiple years, however it can set uneducated customers up for big complications, expense and disappointment. Occasionally these high-end imports get seized from the up-to-date owners and crushed. The situation harms legal importers and the whole import community.  There is a lot of confusion and people become fearful and reluctant to tackle the import process. Legitimate import companies need to explain to buyers that there are certain cars that cannot be brought into the country. While late 1990s and early 2000s Skylines are a popular item on the wishlist, they are no eligible for import until they are a minimum of 25 years old.

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