SWEETGRASS, MONT.—On June 4, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations officers at the port of Sweetgrass recovered a stolen vehicle during an export attempt. The vehicle, a John Deere skid steer loader, was seized.
At about 2 a.m., a commercial truck driver stopped at the Sweetgrass port of entry to export the skid steer from the U.S. Prior to the export attempt a routine query was conducted by CBP officers in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database which revealed that the skid steer had been reported stolen in Colorado. The Toole County Sheriff's Department took custody of the skid steer until it can be transported back to Colorado.
The vehicle export inspection process is used to assist in recovering stolen vehicles and helps to keep insurance costs down. The export of all used self-propelled land based vehicles at land border crossings requires that documentation be submitted to CBP at least 72 hours prior to export; the vehicle must be presented to CBP at the time of exportation.
The NCIC is a centralized automated database that shares information among law enforcement agencies, including outstanding warrants for a wide range of offenses.
For complete vehicle exportation requirements please visit the CBP.gov article on exporting a motor vehicle.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.