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post #1 of 8 Old 05-21-2012, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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Importing Ferrari to USA

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I am currently living in Switzerland, and should be here for about five more years. I am thinking of buying a 05 or 06 612 and have looked at a couple of examples. Does anyone have any experience or advice for importing late model Ferrari's into the USA? I am sure there will be differences, but want to know how much would have to be done to meet USA specs.
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post #2 of 8 Old 05-21-2012, 12:52 PM
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Hello All

I am currently living in Switzerland, and should be here for about five more years. I am thinking of buying a 05 or 06 612 and have looked at a couple of examples. Does anyone have any experience or advice for importing late model Ferrari's into the USA? I am sure there will be differences, but want to know how much would have to be done to meet USA specs.
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hard to predict what the laws will be in five years, but try typical customs office or FNA for assistance.

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Welcome to Ferrari Life. If you come to the US in 5 years, just buy a US model of the Ferrari you want. It is not worth the money trying to convert an 05/06 612 or most late model Ferraris. It can be done, but you would lose money on the deal.

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Importing a new Ferrari is not really worth the trouble of getting it approved by the DOT & EPA. If you buy a car that is 25 years old, it will be exempt from both. (IE - Ferrari 288GTO or 512BBi). But newer cars can be done, it just isn't economical.
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I agree... I was finding out how to import my 612 into BC, Canada. Ferrari UK, Canada and USA, as well as freight forwarders on both side of the ocean, told me that the pain (in your brain and in your wallet) is really never worth doing. It is way cheaper to buy the US car.
Sold my 612 to a very nice Morrocan friend in the end and shipped to Casablanca.
Moving the car the other way around is much easier...

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Per all the other comments, it is just not economical for any car under 25 years old. However if you are determined to try, call Dick Merritt at the DOT.

Most of the relevant information can be downloaded from:

Vehicle Importation and Certification Requirements
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Here is what I have on Dick. I imported two gray market cars back in the 70s and 80s when it was feasible to do so affordably. Dick was at Amerispec then doing conversions.

US DOT Richard Merritt
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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Contact Name: Richard Merritt (may find him in directory as Dick Merritt)
Rm 6115, NEF-30
400 7th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20590

202-493-2266
Kathy Rice is his secretary- 202-366-5291
Main Dept- 202-493-5300

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