Hi All! New to the site, so hello everyone! a Brit implant in the US.
Saw this post during some research and wanted to give my perspective. I used to import into Newark and have imported non-LR and LR 90's and they all came in at 2.5% (last one into Newark was late 2021). We've since moved west and are coming into Port Hueneme, and we saw one Defender 90 at 2.5% but now currently have 3 held by Customs for the 'this isn't 2.5% its a 25%' change of terms . We are not sure which of the 3 (or if they are proposing all 3) as all 3 are on the same BOL, and they only give a response at the BOL level. 2 of them have proper rear seating, 1 of them has audio set up in the rear also. We're disputing the request and provided information to back up our case on each car and are awaiting back to see what the final determination is, and what vehicle(s).
1998 Defender 90 2500 (rear benches, audio etc. which is classed as 'furnishings in the rules that would help make it a 'car')
1997 Defender XD Wolf (like the above, but with two full rear benches to seat 4)
1971 Series IIA with rear fixed benches / No roof, completely open
We've heard recently of others we know who import Defenders having the 2.5% adjusted to 25% coming into Florida, South Carolina and Southern California ports. Newark still remains to be 2.5% from what we have heard. The main thing here is the inconsistency, which makes for a good legal case (We've pinged William too on this).
There is also no transparency into the way in which the determination is managed. Unfortunately in some of these ports, people differ and ones view of a car is not the same as the next, or one is a jobs worth and fancies creating some unnecessary stops and changes. The wording we've seen on the guidance and determination is very vague, open to interpretation and we've also reviewed some previous disputes which were rejected, and the details of the rejections; most of which are inconsistent. Its a cash grab from CBP and its having an impact on some dealers businesses and it may stop people importing these as much as they do.
Thanks all, and looking forward to being part of this site