DO NOT SHIP VEHICLES INTO CANADA BEFORE READING THE INFORMATION BELOW:
Containers with Vehicles often go to a CFIA customs inspection.
If they find any dirt on the vehicle, they will clean it the cost cab be very high $2500-$6000.
If there the vehicle passed with no cleaning, the logistics associated with the inspection can still cost $800-$2000.
This is where you need to be careful:
- Prior to loading, Make sure the Vehicle Super clean – In and out, Engine, Wheels wells – Like new!!!
- Make sure container is also clean and has no defects.
- If arriving in the Winter – Make sure the windshield fluid, it is antifreeze. If not, empty the windshield fluid container.
- There can be no more than 5% Fuel in the Vehicle.
- If the Battery is not located in a standard location, make sure to advise where it is located and how to reconnect it.
- Note – Unless quoted otherwise, Vehicles will be handed out VIA Facility within 2 business days. Add $20 per day for storage after.
Returning Canadian Vehicles
Returning Canadian Vehicles, which have been purchased in Canada for use in the Canadian Market, and have been temporarily exported from Canada, can return without attracting taxes and duties, as long as there were no modifications made on the vehicles.
Vehicles older the 15 Years
Can come into Canada without payment of taxes and duties as long as they do not exceed CAD$10,000.
Importing vehicles purchased in countries OTHER than the United States:
Importation – Vehicles less than 15 years of age and bus manufactured before January 1, 1971 purchased in countries “other than the United States.
You cannot import a vehicle into Canada that has not been manufactured to Canadian standards.
Vehicles need to comply with the MVSA which requires the vehicle to comply with all applicable Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards at the time of the main assembly. If a vehicle is imported and does not comply, it will get re-exported or destroyed at the client’s expense.
To determine if these vehicles are eligible for importation, you can either look at the compliance labels on the vehicles themselves to determine to which country’s standards the vehicle was designed for; or contact the manufacturer directly with the VIN numbers.
If the vehicle does not have a label indicating that “THIS VEHICLE COMFORMS TO ALL CANADIAN MOTORY VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE” – Do NOT export this vehicle to Canada. It will be rejected.
This label is typically located when you open the driver’s Door. Either on the door or the body of the vehicle. SAMPLE BELOW
For more info and special circumstances, you may call Transport Canada at 1-800-333-0371, Select – Vehicles outside of the USA. Or visit: https://tc.canada.ca
Vehicles including buses manufactured for sale in countries other than Canada and the United States, do not comply with the requirements of the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Act, CANNOT be altered to comply and thus CANNOT be imported into Canada.
That is because the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act and Regulations require that all vehicles and buses imported into Canada must comply, at the time of importation, with the Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards in effect on the date the vehicle was manufactured. Therefore, the vehicle you are describing was sold in another country, hence certified by the manufacturers to standards of the country where it was sold. The vehicle was never certified by the manufacturer to Canadian standards at the time of assembly.
Exceptions to the import restrictions from countries other than the United States
When Canada Border Services Agency requirements are met, the following circumstances allow people to import vehicles purchased in a country other than the United States:
- the vehicle is a regulated class of vehicle fifteen (15) years old or older as determined by the month and year the vehicle was manufactured.
- the vehicle is a bus manufactured before January 1, 1971.
- the vehicle does not belong to a regulated class of vehicle under the MVSA.
- the vehicle meets all MVSA requirements, and was acquired NEW abroad via a manufacturer’s foreign buyer program for Canadians abroad (proof of compliance is required).
- the vehicle meets all United States requirements and acquired NEW abroad via a manufacturer’s foreign buyer program for North-American buyers abroad (additional restrictions apply).
- the vehicle is a returning Canadian compliant vehicle originally owned in Canada (proof of compliance is required).
- the vehicle is a returning United States compliant vehicle originally owned in the U.S. (additional restrictions apply).
To summarize, when a vehicle or bus is sold in a foreign market other than the United States, it’s assembled to specific standards for that market. This creates an automatic exclusion for importation into Canada because these standards at the time of assembly are not Canadian or U.S. compliant, and there are no provisions in the law that allows for these vehicles to be modified to meet our standards.
For additional information, please reply to this e-mail or contact us by phone at Transport Canada – 1-800-333-0371 >2 VEHICLES OUT SIDE OF THE USA
Information Center, Motor Vehicle Safety
Transport Canada / Government of Canada
MVS-SA@tc.gc.ca / Tel: 1-800-333-0371 / TTY: 1-888-675-6863
Importing vehicles purchased in the United States
Do not ship any vehicles into Canada prior to checking out: http://www.riv.ca
If the vehicle does not have a label indicating that “THIS VEHICLE COMFORMS TO ALL CANADIAN MOTORY VEHICLE SAFTY STANDARDS IN EFFECT ON THE DATE OF MANUFACTURE” – Do NOT export this vehicle to Canada. It will be rejected.
This label is typically located when you open the driver’s Door. Either on the door or the body of the vehicle. SAMPLE BELOW:
Vehicles may get rejected and shipped back at the owner’s expense
Taxes and Duties:
GST (and HST, depending on your province of entry) will be applicable. Depending on the status of the client entering Canada, there may be some exemptions
Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicle:
Duties: If the vehicle identification number (VIN) starts with a number 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5, then it was made in North America and there is no duty under NAFTA. Otherwise, you will pay a duty of about 6.1%