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Importing a Vehicle to Canada from the US?

I found this website www.importvehicletocanada.com and the info looks quite up to date.

I would like to add a few things

-Vehicles being imported to Canada from the US should be declared and the RIV Form 1should be completed at the port of entry. I.e. if you cross at Fort Erie you should do all the paperwork and pay any duties and taxes applicable.

-If for whatever reason you end up having to do the paperwork at an inland commercial office be ready to explain why the above situation did not happen and that your vehicle can be seized for non-report if Customs believes that you did not make a true declaration at the time of your vehicle entering Canada.

-Vehicles not driven in but transported into Canada by a bonded carrier to a bonded warehouse may complete the RIV Form 1 at the local CBSA office responsible for that warehouse. i.e. car brought up on a trailer by highway, car shipped in a marine container and then sent by rail inland.

-the process is different for New Commercial vehicle imports. To import vehicles commercially you need authorization from Transport Canada who ensure your vehicle is up to Canadian standards.

-Vehicles from other countries than the USA are inadmissible to Canada unless they are at least 15 years old or were manufactured according to north american standards and specifications. You will have to prove this with either a statement from the manufacturer or by customs verifying that your vehicle has the standards stamp/seal on the vehicle. (usually located on the inside of your vehicle door jam.

-Vehicles previously registered in Canada and then shipped overseas and returning do not have to pay duties or taxes, but be prepared to present the original bill of sale or previous canadian ownership. If you have lost both of these then contact the dealership and ask for a letter from them proving that you purchased the vehicle from them.

If you have any other questions feel free to ask.

25 Responses to Importing a Vehicle to Canada from the US?

  • Anonymous says:

    Hello,
    If I go to the states for 1 day and I spend over 50 dollars how are the duties that i have to pay on my shopping calculated?

    thanks.

  • Customs Info says:

    If you are gone for at least 24 hours but less than 48 hours you qualify for a $5o cdn exemption against anything you purchased. So the first free $50 is tax free. Anything above the $50 you will pay GST or HST depending on the product and which province you live in. Then if the goods are not made in USA, Canada or Mexico (that is part of NAFTA)then you will have to pay duty on the total value of your purchase plus GST/HST. So if you spent $150, you would have $50 taken off and then you would be taxed on the remaining $100 then charged duty on top of that if it made from a non NAFTA or free trade agreement country. Duty varies by commodity. FYI,Clothing, Alcohol, Tobacco has a very high Duty rate. I hope this helps

  • Anonymous says:

    hi there, is it impossible to be able to import a uk vehicle into canada if it is less than 15 years old. it was made in 1998 and RHD. how do you know that it can pass through canadian safety standards. and if it will stored for a period of time. not wanting to have it registerd with canadain plates?

  • Customs Info says:

    Hi thanks for visiting my blog. Unfortunately the only way you can import this vehicle is if you wait until it is 15 years old or if it was manufactured to North American Standards.
    You never know 100% if an imported vehicle will pass or can be upgraded to Canadian Standards. This is the chance you take.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi, what is the procedure of importing a semi truck from U.S. into canada…and how much are the duties…pls advise…thanks

  • Customs info says:

    The process is pretty much the same as a regular vehicle. Check with RIV regarding admissibility at 1-888-848-8240

    No duties if made in the US, just GST, and then PSt at the Ministry. Otherwise duty is around 6%.

  • Patel says:

    I am using japanese car and wanted to take to canada after I get a immigrant visa. The car is 3 years old. Is it possible to take it to Canada?

  • Customs Info says:

    Hi Patel,
    Thanks for visting my blog. Foreign cars not manufactured for the north american market are not admissible to Canada unless they are at least 15 years old.

    Hope that helps

    CI

  • Anonymous says:

    A individual has imported an inadmissible "for Hire" vehicle into Canada. This vehicle is not admissible under any circumstance and is listed nowhere on the RIV list of admissible vehicles. The type of vehicle listed was passenger, the vehicle was in an enclosed truck and the border inspector never looked at it. It has passed local inspection and the RIV one and he has his RIV door jab label. RIV and Transport Canada do not know what this vehicle is as the VIN will not divulge it has been modified. What can be done? Who do I inform as RIV told me they will not discuss this case as I am not the owner?

  • Customs Info says:

    Hi Thanks for visting my site. I'm not sure what you mean by "for hire" but definitely modified vehioles are inadmissible.
    If there was any false statements made at the time of importation then penalties or charges can apply.

    You have the option of calling the border watch toll free line at 1-888-502-9060 and give them the details or contact an investigations unit near you. If you tell me what province and city you are in I can post the contact info.

    Or you can email me all the details and I will pass it on. customsinfo@canadacustomsinfo.com

    Thanks

    CI

  • Anonymous says:

    do i have to pay duty on buying 2008 year ,used, dodge sprinter ,i am importing it from us to canada. Its vin no. start with ( wd……….)i think Its assembled in us . & has mercedes diesel engine.

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi, My sister will gave me toyota camery 2002(gift).
    I did research on RIV web.I will be asked for sale receipt.
    What diffrence beteen gift and purchasing?

    thanks

  • Customs Info says:

    To the guy with the dodge sprinter, if the vin starts with a "w" then its made in Germany and so duty would apply…about 6%.

  • Customs Info says:

    Regarding the Camry, Yes you will have to provide a receipt or invoice to show the value of the vehicle. However the officer may use the red book value of the vehicle to assess duties and taxes. The gift exemption if you qualify would only take $60 off the taxable amount. So if your car is worth 10k then your taxable amount would be 9940…not a huge savings.

  • Anonymous says:

    Good Day,
    I am from AB. and I purchased a new RV (5th Wheel) from an RV dealer in MI. and I am to pick it up at Sweetgrass MT. I know I will need to provide proof of insurance for the new unit but am unsure what else I will need.
    1. Am I going to need a passport to pick the unit up at the Sweetgrass MT Border Crossing?
    2. CSA Certified or will the RVIA Certification be allowed in AB?
    3. Do I have to register this unit with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles
    4. If I have a GST number can that be used to not pay GST at the boarder?
    If you can help me with these questions and advise with any other information it will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you
    butch

  • Customs info says:

    Yes you will need ID…if you cross the border you will need a Passport or Enhanced drivers licence.
    Yes you will have to register the vehicle with RIV at the Customs office when you return to Canada.
    You can only use your GST if this is a commercial importation. Then you will also need to be registered to commercially import with CRA.
    You will need the original US ownership and proof of purchase or bill of sale. US customs also has a rule that you need to notify them 72 hours before you export a US vehicle. You need to fax them the info 72 hours before and then go into the US customs office and do the paperwork. Then on the Canadian side you go in and do the RIV form and pay the GST and the RIV fee.
    Go to riv.ca first and see if the RV is admissible first! You don't want to go through all that and figure out its not allowed by transport Canada.

    CI

  • Anonymous says:

    What about importing personal use Peterbilt trucks. I'm looking at a Peterbilt Schwalbe conversion truck, which is basically a four door truck with a custom interior. I've seen lots of them here in Alberta, so they're being imported. But when they say no modifications, does that make the Schwalbe truck inadmisssable?

  • Customs info says:

    Seems ok. But how is this personal?
    Heres what it says requirements on tractor-trucks

    United States 15 years or older:
    – Vehicle Import Form – Form 1
    Less than 15 years old:
    – Admissibility List (Appendix E) – for airbraked trucks only;
    – SOC label certifying vehicle to
    US FMVSS or FMVSS;
    – Vehicle Import Form – Form 1;
    – 17-character VIN; and
    – RIV program.

    So long as its got the US certification I don't seen anywhere that it wouldn't be allowed…either way you would have to get certified for Canada.

  • Anonymous says:

    is a damaged vehicle allowed to be imported to canada for parts only thanks

  • Customs info says:

    if the vehicle is from US.

    As per Customs D memorandum D19-12-1,

    "All vehicles (salvage or non-salvage, partial or whole) listed as admissible or inadmissible in Transport Canada’s List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States(Appendix E) may be imported for parts and must be
    registered in the RIV program. Vehicles listed as inadmissible in Appendix E must be accompanied by a Salvage Title issued by a state licensing authority or a licensed insurance provider. To import a vehicle to be
    disassembled for parts, the importer will complete a Vehicle Imported for Parts – Form 3 and present it to a border services officer at the time of importation with the original
    Certificate of Title or Salvage Title.Vehicles imported for parts will not be made Canadian safety-compliant, nor will they be required to pass the final RIV inspection for licensing purposes since they can never be licensed in
    Canada. Once the vehicle’s intended use is declared as “disassembly for parts,” this status cannot be changed and the vehicle can never be licensed."

    CI

  • Anonymous says:

    I've been having a frustrating time dealing with Transport Canada to import by 2012 Hundai which I bought in the US a couple of weeks ago.

    Since the admissibility list doesn't have the 2012's on it yet, I had to get a compliance letter from Hyundai Motor America which I've faxed to Transport Canada about 5 days ago.

    The frustrating thing is there is no set procedure that I can find for what's supposed to happen. They're like a black hole!

    Due to this delay I've been forced to rent a car for the duration. QUESTION: Should I tell the shipper to go ahead anyway? It will take about 7-10 days for the car to get here.

    Transport Canada's "blessing" of my compliance letter should just be a formality, as the 2012 model is identical to the 2011 which is on the list.

    Does the CBSA even look at the list? I called their main office and they said "No, we just take your money and give you your Form 1". Is this true? The CBSA web site clearly says they check that the vehicle is on the list.

    Thanks

  • Customs Info says:

    That's a tough one. Have you called RIV? Its up to you but I would go ahead an import the car if you are that sure. Bring the letter of compliance with you when you go to customs to get the Form 1. Technically you do need that letter from Transport Canada.
    Yes the CBSA does look at the list.

    good luck

    CI

  • Dave says:

    Hi. I am purchasing a vehicle in Saint Louis, Missouri. I will likely be shipping it via car carrier to my home in Edmonton. My question is, "How do I pay the GST at the border since I will not be there when the vehicle crosses the border on the carrier?"

    Thanks

  • Customs Info says:

    Hi Edmonton,

    Your carrier will move the vehicle in bond from the border to a bonded facility in Edmonton most likely. In order to have your vehicle released to you you will have to go the corresponding customs office and request clearance, complete the form 1 for RIV and pay the GST at that time.

    CI

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