What You Should Expect When Importing A Car to Canada

What You Should Expect When Importing A Car to Canada
January 16 16:42 2017 Print This Article

When you move from the United States into Canada you might think that the process is just as simple as moving from California to Arizona. After all, so many US states share a border with Canadian provinces. Unfortunately, the process is a little more complex; after all, Canada and the United States are two completely different countries.  

That said, the process is not as difficult as it might be to move from the United States to some other countries.  Moving from the United States to Canada just requires a little extra time and consideration—and a bit more paperwork—to make sure that you are properly declaring the value and ownership of the things you are bringing with you.  Related image

This is particularly important in terms of your vehicle.  While most other goods are allowed to cross the border without much consideration, your vehicle is a little more complicated. The reason for this has much to do with the fact that the United States has different vehicle regulations than Canada does. In addition, a vehicle tends to have more singular value than probably any other piece of property you will move across the border. As such, you will need to pay certain taxes and fees to register your car in Canada.

If you are planning to move to Canada from the United States then you may want to employ a Clearit.ca customs agency to assist you with the process. This process can include:

    • preparing your vehicle’s customs releases
    • the submission of your automotive export control form
    • the payment of all Canadian customs duties and taxes
    • the efficient coordination of your border crossing
    • completing all appropriate customs accounting documents
    • providing an agent at the time of your border crossing (to help process the move)
    • acquiring an AES/ITN

This may seem like quite a lot of steps but remember that you only have to do this for possessions of higher value and which are under many regulations, like a vehicle.  The purpose of this process is to ensure:

  1. a) you have paid the appropriate fees and taxes that are typically associated with vehicle operation and maintenance
  2. b) that your vehicle is properly regulated for operation on Canadian roads


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