Again, I ask.. to whom did you pay this "Importer Registration" fee? Are you talking about a "Continuous Bond"? That is only necessary if a vehicle is over $2500, and you are planning on importing more than one vehicle. If the vehicle in question is under $2500 *prior* to any shipping costs, then it qualifies as an "Informal Entry" and does not require any sort of bond. My Truck was just about $1000 FOB, so it easily qualified for Informal. If you are looking to only import one vehicle that is over $2500, then you should go for a "Single Entry Bond", which is more economical than a Continuous. Yes, there are penalties for not following the required filings, but as long as you do them.. that is a moot point. I spent a lot of time researching and several calls/emails with the Personal Import Specialist at my port of entry to make sure that I had all of the paperwork sorted. Honestly, clearing customs was super easy, and far cheaper than I expected when I started the process. I stressed out about it more than I needed to.