Exporting American Vehicles to Other Countries

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Exporting a vehicle from the United States to other countries is complicated even when it is the manufacturer making the deal. Typically, only certified dealers and government contractors are able to export these vehicles with legitimate paperwork from America to another nation that has a treaty or peace agreement with the United States.

Commerce overseas with exports is often only possible if the country is registered as one that has a treaty with the United States and is in current peace agreements. There are certain regulations in place that permit these actions, and the companies must have certified car, trucks and other automobiles with all necessary documentation. The arrangement usually must be registered and recorded with an agency for both tax purposes and to ensure no further complications arise. The other country’s government may become involved, and any proceeds for the sale must go through official channels with receipts and other paperwork documented properly.

Some vehicles are prohibited from sale based on the country, and others are not provided based on weak sales or research and study into the brand within that specific nation. If the government has placed any other cars or trucks on a list, these are not permitted within the country or may not be obtained from foreign deals. It is important to ensure the arrangement is legitimate and within all regulations for the treaties and international laws. If the vehicles sold are of poor quality or have defects, this could cause difficulties with multiple government and lead to an international problem.


The original certificate of title for the vehicle being exported must be available for any inspector that is examining the automobiles for the business arrangement. For the Customs export process, this document and others are necessary no matter how much the vehicle’s value is, what condition it is in when being exported or any other operations in place. The other procedures deal with the exporter, agents or Customs. Each stage of these situations must pass before the next begins, and the vehicle must be present at the time of inspection for Customs to permit the exporting of the car.

Through these processes and with the appropriate documentation, no vehicle may be misrepresented, misapplied for the export and no circumventing of these process occurs. This is important for procedures with the exporter, agent, sales dealer and Customs officers. Other details such as the vehicle identification number, product description and the product id number must be available for the inspection. Only when all requirements have been satisfied will the automobiles be permitted to export to another country. Other processes are possible if the cars are imported, but exports demand more aggressive procedures. Otherwise, the dealer is not permitted to sell to and export the products.

Other Provisions

When the export has satisfied the documentation process, there is a specific place that Port Directors will establish beforehand, and the documents that were previously obtained are presented at this location along with inspection of the vehicles, and this is often where the cars will ship out from for the arrangements. If the automobiles are used, there are additional provisions necessary. These need a Certificate of Title or a Salvage Title when applicable. If there is a third-party involved in the sale before the vehicle is exported, there must be an ownership or claim provided to inspectors.

More signatures and authenticated documentation is required when there is a third-party or United States government employee involved in the exporting deals. The government worker must supply his or her credentials, and if leaving with the exported products, he or she must also provide sponsoring agency and internal travel department documentation and procedures. Manufacturer's Statement of Origin paperwork is necessary for cars and trucks that are newly manufactured and have not been issued a title. For these arrangements, the original Statement of Origin or SO and two copies of this original SO must be provided with all fields completed.

Legal Aspects for Exporting Vehicles

Sometimes, a deal may not have the correct documentation or there are complications with defects in brand new manufactured cars. If these complications arise, it is important to seek the help of an international lawyer. This legal representative may protect the rights of the company or individual and research the matter fully to determine the best course of action. This may also involve contacting the foreign government to negotiate a deal or settlement. It is best to keep the matter out of the courts if possible.

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Disclaimer: While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.

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