Importing or Exporting Stolen Motor Vehicles,
Mobile Equipment, Vessels, or Aircraft
Section 553(a) of Title 18 makes it a crime to knowingly import or
export, or attempt to import or export: (1) any motor vehicle, off-highway
equipment, vessel, or aircraft, or a part thereof, knowing it to have been
stolen; or (2) any motor vehicle or off-highway mobile equipment, or a part
thereof, knowing that the identification number has been removed,
tampered with, or altered.|
Section 553(b) of Title 18 provides that subsection (a)(2) does not
apply if the vehicle identification number has been removed, obliterated,
tampered with, or altered by a collision or fire, or in a manner that does
violate 18 U.S.C. § 511.
Section 553(c) of Title 18 contains the definitions of "motor
"off-highway mobile equipment," "vessel," "aircraft," and "identification
number." The term "motor vehicle" only covers those vehicles intended to be
driven or pulled on the public roads. See 18 U.S.C. § 511(c)(2)
49 U.S.C. § 32101(7). The term "off-highway mobile equipment" covers
self-propelled construction and farming equipment.
For a discussion of proving a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 553, see
this Manual at 1377.
[cited in USAM 9-61.700]