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    Lkchris=harsh

    I dont like your tone.
    1. No one is bashing bmw
    2. There really hasnt been a dumb question here

    Be nice. Its a forum for pete's sake.

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    I need help with the Letter of Compliance from BMW

    I have tried everything to get BMW to issue me a letter of compliance for my 2013 F800GS. Importing from Canada to the USA. I am dual citizen and when I asked Fiat for a letter they sent me one after I gave them the citizenship documents they asked for etc. Fiat wanted to really know I was moving not just using my citizenship to sell their car.

    My bike meets EPA and DOT standards...BMW admits that...but states they can't issue to the letter to the owner it has to be a registered importer. Every imported I spoke to says they can't get this letter but will help me when I get it. nightmare run around and I will be forced to sell a bike I don't want to sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    I have tried everything to get BMW to issue me a letter of compliance for my 2013 F800GS. Importing from Canada to the USA. I am dual citizen and when I asked Fiat for a letter they sent me one after I gave them the citizenship documents they asked for etc. Fiat wanted to really know I was moving not just using my citizenship to sell their car.

    My bike meets EPA and DOT standards...BMW admits that...but states they can't issue to the letter to the owner it has to be a registered importer. Every imported I spoke to says they can't get this letter but will help me when I get it. nightmare run around and I will be forced to sell a bike I don't want to sell.

    1. I would have told FIAT to pound sand had they asked me for citizenship documents.

    2. Welcome to the world of BMW. Coming into Canada from the US, they demand $500 for the compliance letter. Perhaps you could work this backwards and ask your Canadian dealer or BMW Canada if they can assist.

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    No dealer that I have asked in Canada or USA knows how to get the letter. AS a matter of fact...MAX BMW in CT even called their BMW contact and he said there is nothing he can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mule View Post
    I dont like your tone.
    1. No one is bashing bmw
    2. There really hasnt been a dumb question here

    Be nice. Its a forum for pete's sake.
    There is a small contingent of operators here who goose step up and down the "the customer is always a whiny communist, and BMW's statements are canon" line. As long as they don't sling drool on you, the mouth-frothing is best ignored.

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    I wrote BMW

    I sent an email to BMW asking them how I can import my bike. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    I sent an email to BMW asking them how I can import my bike. ;-)
    Just for the halibut, maybe you can check with a car dealer and see how they do it. You may get a feel for the process.
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    lol I all ready did...been working on this for 6 months...every time I feel like I have someone to help...they turn out to be duds. Cars are much different and usually easier than bikes. BMW car dealers will not have anything to do with bikes and tell me they have no idea how to import bikes or export. It's like a bad joke.

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    Somehow this has to be more simple methinks. I can't think that border crossing/moves from the US to or from Canada is that unusual.
    I wonder if you just showed up at the DMV in Vermont and told them you just moved into town and wanted to register your bike- if they would even care. Rumor has it that Vermont is pretty cool that way
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    It's because it's a bike. When I finalize where I will work...I will try the DMV of the state I decide to live and see what they...doing it the right way is not panning out at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soph9 View Post
    It's because it's a bike. When I finalize where I will work...I will try the DMV of the state I decide to live and see what they...doing it the right way is not panning out at all.
    Oh, bring a dozen donuts, pictures of you enjoying your bike, a box of 'JO...good to go
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    I have tried everything to get BMW to issue me a letter of compliance for my 2013 F800GS. Importing from Canada to the USA. I am dual citizen and when I asked Fiat for a letter they sent me one after I gave them the citizenship documents they asked for etc. Fiat wanted to really know I was moving not just using my citizenship to sell their car.

    My bike meets EPA and DOT standards...BMW admits that...but states they can't issue to the letter to the owner it has to be a registered importer. Every imported I spoke to says they can't get this letter but will help me when I get it. nightmare run around and I will be forced to sell a bike I don't want to sell.
    BMW DOES issue Certificate of Compliance ("CoC") to the US Federal Government and all 50 states for all years and models. They just do not want to help you. You should be able to get a CoC from the EPA.gov or from any of the 50 states. Normally, you would make a FOIL request for the CoC. Since California has the strictest requirements, I went to the California Resource Air Board, and searched their database for CoC for a 2013 F800GS. Here is the CoC that you need: CoC for 2013 BMW F800GS. . If they will not accept this, then you will have to go to the EPA.GOV to get it. Most government agencies issue their own CoC once they get one from BMW.

    Instead of using an Importer (Freight Forwarder), I would use Licensed Customs Broker. I would use one that only does brokerage. Some importers will have a customs broker on their staff. But, you want one that does a lot of brokerage. They will keep the problems away from you. I don't see why you have to use an importer. But, CBP may require that you put the bike into a Bonded Warehouse. In that case, you will have to use an importer that has a bonded warehouse (not all of them do). CBP Bonded warehouses freight forwarders have to be within 35 miles of CBP offices. You want to avoid having problems with CBP at all cost. I would drive the bike into the United States. Do not bring in electronic devices with you. They are known to seize them. If you put it in a moving van, and CBP demands an inspection, you have to pay for the tear down of the tractor trailer (thousands of dollars). Just so they can look at the VIN and match it to the paperwork. If they are having a bad day, they can tear down the bike and leave it in pieces. Please note, that CBP locations on the Canadian boarder are the worst. This is where the 9/11 terrorist came across, and they were blamed for the incident.

    Registration of the bike is the next step. Some states are easy, and some are hard. In New York, you will need the Bike Title and the CBP form. In Vermont, you must first get a drivers license. Then you need to register the vehicles, and pay sales tax. Then you will be required to go through an inspection. Maine is probably the easiest. Personally, I would pick Maine, and keep it registered there forever.

    In the worst case, you could drive the bike into the USA. Buy a used frame/title on ebay, and swap out the frames. Then register the bike like it is a USA imported bike. Then sell your Canadian frame/title on ebay in Canada. That may not work well in Vermont.

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