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DOT/NHTSA RIN: 2127-AL63 Publication ID: Fall 2015 
Title: ●Importation of Vehicle and Equipment Subject to Federal Safety, Bumper and Theft Prevention Standards 

Under 49 CFR part 591, NHTSA requires importers of motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment to provide certain information at the time of importation, which is collected by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In the past, CBP collected all information in paper but has moved to a system that allows for paper or electronic format filings, or a hybrid combination of paper and electronic filings. Beginning in the fall of 2015, and with pilot programs beginning in summer 2015, CBP is introducing a new data collection system for use by CBP when inspecting imports at U.S. ports; this new system will require importation documentation to be filed in either all-paper or all-electronic format. Importers will no longer have the option of using the hybrid filing system. Currently, there are several provisions within 49 CFR part 591 (Importation of Vehicles and Equipment Subject to Federal Safety, Bumper and Theft Prevention Standards) that either explicitly or implicitly require a paper filing for a specific piece of data. Thus, maintaining the status quo with regard to these provisions would mean that importers would be forced to file in paper once the new CBP data collection system is in place. To avoid this result, which would likely add a burden on importers and reduce their options for methods of filing, this Interim Final Rule amends the wording of the provisions in 49 CFR part 591 that explicitly or implicitly require paper filings so that it is clear that the filings can be made in any format accepted by CBP. This rulemaking does not impose additional obligations or burdens on any party and, specifically, does not require filing of additional information. Rather, it provides importers with the option of filing importation information already required under 49 CFR part 591 in either paper or electronic format according to their preference.

Agency: Department of Transportation(DOT)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 49 CFR 591   
Legal Authority: 49 U.S.C. 30117    49 U.S.C. 30141 to 30147    49 U.S.C. 322(a)    Pub. L. 100-562    delegation of authority at 49 CFR 1.95   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  09/02/2015  80 FR 53011   
Interim Final Rule Effective  09/02/2015 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  10/02/2015 
Interim Final Rule Analyzing Comments  12/00/2015 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Information URL:   Public Comment URL:  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
John Donaldson
Acting Assistant Chief Counsel
Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE,
Washington, DC 20590