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Old 06 February 2017, 21:45   #1
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Exporting/Moving to USA

Just wondered if anyone here has had any experience
moving their RIB to the USA from the UK?
(Not for sale but for personal use).
I had concerns specifically about the spec on the Tohatsu 90C that its
fitted with and any sort of emissions standard that has to be met.
Also - as I don't have any supporting original paperwork with it, how much
of an issue that may be?
I would deflate the tubes and put it into a 20 foot sea container,
along with some personal effects etc.
Bit of a long shot but someone may have done this before?
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Old 06 February 2017, 23:12   #2
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Shipped my RIB over here to San Diego, but without an engine (bought a nice Suzuki 90Df locally ) Just had to have it inspected at the DMV (Department of motor vehicles) to get my annual tags. As long as its only for personal use, it's not a big deal. Try some of the big US boat forums to get an insight into any emission codes and good luck. I shipped mine on a cradle on a RORO ferry and was cheaper than a cargo container. But as you said, you may want to include other personal items.
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Old 06 February 2017, 23:41   #3
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Thanks for the reply...
Did you get hit for duty on importing it?
Did you have original paperwork etc ?

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Old 07 February 2017, 15:29   #4
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I shipped a boat (not a RIB) from UK to USA when we went to live there. It was an American made boat, which I purchased in the UK, but because it was US made, there was no duty to pay. Beyond that, I had to visit Customs at the Port of Palm Beach annually to buy a tag and pay a small fee. I believe you may have to pay duty on a UK built vessel.
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Silly question but why not just sell it and buy another over there, from what I've seen the choice and price of US boats is extremely good.

I had a mate go to an awful amount of trouble bringing a boat from the UK to here in Australia, once here he found it was far than suitable to the rougher conditions we get. He's still stuck with the boat that he's been trying to sell for three years.

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Old 07 February 2017, 19:01   #6
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Silly question but why not just sell it and buy another over there, from what I've seen the choice and price of US boats is extremely good.

I had a mate go to an awful amount of trouble bringing a boat from the UK to here in Australia, once here he found it was far than suitable to the rougher conditions we get. He's still stuck with the boat that he's been trying to sell for three years.

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Actually ...I don't think thats the case
Decent Ribs fetch good money in the USA.
With the US Dollar so strong, they cost more than in the UK, with less choice.
I have to think about what my boat would fetch in the UK market if I tried to sell it,
how far that money would go to purchasing a similar spec'd / size boat in the Pacific North West,
against possible import duty, and cost of a sea container that I could also
use to move personal effects.
The current Rib would be more than suitable for the locations and
conditions I have been out and about in over in the USA.
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I shipped a boat (not a RIB) from UK to USA when we went to live there. It was an American made boat, which I purchased in the UK, but because it was US made, there was no duty to pay. Beyond that, I had to visit Customs at the Port of Palm Beach annually to buy a tag and pay a small fee. I believe you may have to pay duty on a UK built vessel.
Thanks ... This isn't a US made boat sadly or that would make it easy,
and it has had several owners, so no original supporting paperwork.
I think I may need to have it valued here, to provide some sort of
starting point for the calculation of duty. Just wondered if anyone has had to do that.
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I had to clear customs and border protection at the port.
Some info here that maybe of use.
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...e-into-the-u.s.

And for the engine, regulations here
https://www.epa.gov/importing-vehicles-and-engines
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Actually ...I don't think thats the case
Decent Ribs fetch good money in the USA.
With the US Dollar so strong, they cost more than in the UK, with less choice.
I have to think about what my boat would fetch in the UK market if I tried to sell it,
how far that money would go to purchasing a similar spec'd / size boat in the Pacific North West,
against possible import duty, and cost of a sea container that I could also
use to move personal effects.
The current Rib would be more than suitable for the locations and
conditions I have been out and about in over in the USA.
Totally agree there ! There are a large number of smaller "tender" type inflatables, (but not much use as a primary boat ) At the other end of the scale are the "Big bucks" models, like the raider ribs , that are just way out of range for most people. You just don't get that many mid range 5-6 meter ribs around here (well at least not California)
I moved mine here as it was cheaper shipping; from Southampton, than it was for shipping a new Ribcraft from the factory in Boston to San Diego !
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I had to clear customs and border protection at the port.
Some info here that maybe of use.
https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...e-into-the-u.s.

And for the engine, regulations here
https://www.epa.gov/importing-vehicles-and-engines
brilliant - thanks for the pointers
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