The DOT is responsible for issues related to the safety of automobiles sold or imported into the US.
In order to import a non-conforming vehicle, you must have a contract with a company designated as a Registered Importer (RI) with the DOT.
Mesa Auto Wholesalers has been a Registered Importer (RI) since 1994. In order for an RI to import a vehicle, it must be on the eligibility list which can also be accessed via the DOT web site.
If the vehicle is not on the eligibility list, Mesa Auto Wholesalers must petition the DOT to add the vehicle. This process while not expensive (approximately $2,500 US), takes on average four months.