I communicated with Customs about a month ago about this. I needed to go to EPA also though and didnt. Here's what I got from Customs:
a personal boat into the United States, the following documents should be submitted to the CBP Officer at the Port of Entry:
- Proof of ownership
such as a bill of sale
- Proof the boat conforms to EPA Standards. Complete Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Engine
Declaration Form 3520-21. For questions regarding the EPA Form and regulations
call (734) 214-4100 or email
them at email@example.com
Rates of Duty: Pleasure boats are generally dutiable when imported into the United States. The following duty rates apply to boats imported for recreational purposes:
-Sailboats and motorboats other than outboard
motorboats: 1.5 percent
-Outboard motorboats: 1 percent
-Inflatable vessels: 2.4 percent
-Canoes: Free of duty
-Rowboats/other vessels not designed for use with motors or sails
: 2.7 percent
Rates are subject to change; see Chapter 89 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTSUS) for changes.
NOTE: A boat trailer is defined as a "motor vehicle" and must have affixed to it a 17-character VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). For questions about Importation Certification
with the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration (NHTSA) call (202) 366-5291.
Jet Skis: In order to import
jet skis into the United States, the engine
must comply with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations
. Customs and Border Protection Officers enforce compliance with EPA regulations at time of entry. An importer is required to fill out the EPA form EPA Form 3520-21 at the time of importation certifying compliance with the regulations.
Please note: The EPA Form 3520-21 has a validity date until December 31, 2011, however it is still the most current
and correct form to use.
For the EPA requirements you must contact them directly at the telephone number shown above.
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