Importing a Motor Vehicle into Canada
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Car driving along road towards border crossing to Canada. The following text appears on screen: “comply with all Canadian import laws”.
Narration: If you plan to import a vehicle into Canada, you should be aware that it has to comply with all Canadian import laws.
A figure working at a desk prints a document. Document moves over to building labeled “CBSA”. The following text appears on screen: “prepare you own import documents”.
Two figures appear and shake hands. The following text appears on screen: “you may authorize an agent”.
Narration: You may prepare your own import documents and transact directly with the CBSA or you may authorize an agent to act on your behalf.
Driver’s door of a car opens. Enlarged edge of door shown displaying sticker with information about the car. A document appears and is filled in with information from the sticker. The following text appears on screen: “gather all pertinent information”.
Narration: You should gather all pertinent information on the vehicle which will help you determine if it is admissible into Canada.
A laptop with a car and information on the screen. The following text appears on screen: “Motor Vehicle Safety Act”.
Narration: Determine whether the vehicle you intend to import is admissible under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act
A red X flashes over the car on the screen.
Narration: or is subject to any restrictions or regulations by the CBSA or other government departments.
The following text appears on screen: “Check directly with the CBSA or the RIV”.
Narration: Check directly with the CBSA or the Registrar of Imported Vehicles if you are unsure.
The laptop disappears but the car remains. A US flag appears on the car. The following text appears on screen: “Not all vehicles can be imported into Canada”.
Narration: Be aware that not all vehicles manufactured for sale in the U.S. can be imported into Canada.
The flag disappears. Hands using a calculator appear. The following text appears on screen: “associated costs and taxes”.
Narration: Your imported vehicle may be subject to applicable customs duty, the goods and services tax, and other taxes imposed under the Excise Tax Act.
Narration: There are also costs associated with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles program and your vehicle may be subject to Provincial or Territorial taxes when you register the vehicle.
The car at a border crossing with documents. The following text appears on screen: “at the time of importation”.
The following text appears on screen: “Statement of Origin” and “Certificate of Title” and “Bill of Sale”.
Narration: A Statement of Origin or Certificate of Title must be provided to the CBSA at the time of importation along with the bill of sale.
The border gate opens.
A car is hoisted and a mechanic looks under the car. The following text appears on screen: “within 45 days”.
Narration: After your goods are released ensure that any required modifications and inspections are performed on your vehicle within 45 days as required by the Registrar of Imported Vehicles program.
The following text appears on screen: “Border Information Service”. Figure looking at documents.
Narration: For further assistance on importing a vehicle into Canada, you may call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999.
The following text appears on screen: “1-800-461-9999”.
Narration: For complete information, please consult our guide on importing a vehicle into Canada.
The following text appears on screen: “www.cbsa.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d19/d19-12-1-eng.html”.
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 2016
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