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Importing Vehicles to Canada from another Country

May 4, 2017

If you wanted to move to the Canadian city of Montreal, nobody would blame you. The city has an abundance of culture and character, not to mention a beautiful European history.  Of course, the actual act of moving is a little less appealing, as it is more complicated than trying to move, for instance, from one American state to another.

Moving from the United States to Canada, as an example, means that you have to bring all of your belongings across the border.  When you do this, the respective Clearit.ca border agencies will regard this as an act of exporting and importing.  And with that mindset, everything you try to move will be up for inspection and will require both paperwork and fee payment.

If that sounds complicated, you would be correct.  Paperwork—no matter how straightforward it might be—is never any fun.  And, in this case, you need to make sure you process things in the right order and always pay (or are prepared to pay) the appropriate fees if you want things to move along efficiently.

For the most part, you can send packages or trailers of smaller items, etc, ahead of you. But if you want to bring your car along with you, you may want to elect to work with a professional customs brokerage firm.

IMPORTING A VEHICLE YOU PURCHASED IN THE UNITED STATES

If you bought your car in the United States and want to bring it, permanently, into Canada, here are the things that you need to know:

  • Your vehicle must be inspected, officially, by the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles and then certified for registration in Canada. Basically, not all vehicles are allowed for registration in Canada.
  • Most vehicles coming from the United States which have been modified from their original state might not be allowed to register in Canada; again, check with the RIV.

IMPORTING A VEHICLE YOU PURCHASED IN A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE UNITED STATES

Basically, you cannot import a vehicle into Canada if you bought it in any country other than the US.  Of course, there are always exceptions to every rule.  If you want to see whether your car is allowable, you need to first read up on the requirements as listed in the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act.

IMPORTING AN OLDER or NON-REGULATED VEHICLE

You have your reasons, but you can also register some non-regulated vehicles.  This time, you will want to check with the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act to see if it complies.

In addition, any vehicle older than 15 years can be imported, regardless of regulation, because it was manufactured before the regulations were first developed.

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