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How To Import A Car Into The U.S. From Canada

This page explores some of the finer details of importing a car into the U.S. from Canada. Though it can be a headache to import a car from some countriesβ€”or not allowed at allβ€”it’s a relatively pain-free process coming from Canada. That said, there are someΒ important things to know, especially those that relate to U.S. emissions standards and safety protocols.

Any vehicle imported into the United States must conform to the standards set forth by both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation. Cars that do not meet the standards may be imported into the U.S. on a temporary basis while changes are made to make them compliant. The following are the two forms you will need to submit in order to verify you are importing a compliant vehicle:

  • EPA Form 3520-1*
  • DOT Form HS-7*

EPA Form 3520-1 is a standard declaration document that must be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the importation of any of any motor vehicle. There are exceptions granted to those vehicles that are new and imported by the original manufacturer of the vehicle. Additionally, this exception only applies to those that meet EPA emissions standards and have an accompanying certificate of conformity. It’s important to note that each vehicle being imported must have a separate form submitted. You can view and print a PDF of the form byΒ clicking here.Β 

The DOT Form HS-7 is also a declaration document, but it must be submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is an arm of the U.S. Department of Transportation. This form, like EPA Form 3520-1, applies to any motor vehicle or motor vehicle equipment that is imported from another country. The form includes basic information like the made, model, and year of the vehicle, as well as the VIN and information related to customs and the port of entry. If you are submitting the form as the importer of the vehicle, you’ll also have to provide your personal information and that of the company handling the shipment. To view and print a copy of DOT Form HS-7, you can view a PDF of the documentΒ here.Β 

*See the resources at the bottom of the page for more information about these forms and how to submit them.

There are exceptions to the EPA requirements for some vehicles. This includes those that are more than 25 years old with no modifications, as well as vehicles that are imported on a temporary basis of no more than one year. As of this writing, you are permitted to drive in the U.S. with a Canadian driver’s license and plates while operating a temporarily imported car.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide, including to and from Canada on a regular basis. If you have questions about the process or you’d like a FREE instant price quote, simplyΒ click hereΒ or callΒ 1-800-518-8708! All estimates are given in real time by an authorized shipping agent and require no payment or obligation on your part.

For foreignΒ vehicles permanently imported into the U.S., you will likely need a letter of compliance from the manufacturer. Some cars may have a label stating that it meets U.S. emissions standards, but the majority of vehicles outside of the United States do not, in which case the compliance letter is required.

Depending on the state you’re shipping your car to, you may also be required to complete a smog check upon initial registration.

Cars manufactured in Canada can generally be brought into the U.S. duty-free, but there may be some exceptions. For most standard sized vehicles, the applicable duty is 2.5%. To qualify for duty-free car shipping to the U.S., your must arrive with your car; it cannot be stored for later arrival without paying a duty.

If you have questions about importing a car to the U.S. from Canada, contact us today to find out how we can help! We offer free price quotes with no obligation required and we’re happy to answer your questions. Call us today at the number at the top of the page!

Canada To U.S. Vehicle Import Resources

EPA Import RestrictionsΒ - Information about the Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for vehicle emissions. Topics covered include standards for all types of vehicles, as well as engines, generators, and gardening tools.

Customs & Border Protection Information – If you plan to import a car into the U.S., you’ll need to acquaint yourself with the procedure and legal requirements. This resource specifically addresses these issues as they relate to importing a motor vehicle, including contact information for the various agencies involved in the process.

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Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing. 

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

Email me - info@a1autotransport.com

Satisfied Customers

“I am meticulous when it comes to everything. At first, I was thinking of just driving all the way to Illinois from New Jersey. A friend recommended me to go to A1 Auto Transport and told me a lot of good things about them. I refused initially because I had filed a 4 day leave just to drive and visit my mother. But things did not go well. My boss asked me to cancel my leave because a very important client asked for an urgent meeting, and the manager could not attend to it. I was hopeless and took the risk of asking help from A1. The notice was short and I forgot I needed to inform them in advance. After a couple of hours, I received a call and they told me they found a way to book me with no extra fees. I am so thankful I got to attend to my work matters. I did not get to see my mother, but the vehicle and items inside it were in perfect condition as if it was me who took care of it. I owe you guys big time! I got one huge deal from our client.”

“I called over 5 companies and a bunch of people on uship with no success. I found A1 Auto Transport first, and after a lot more unnecessary research, I stuck with it. I found talking to Joe simple and straight forward. He presented a summary of the process, answered the few questions I had with ease, and offered several transportation options for me to choose from. The driver arrived at 10 am as promised, though I was half an hour late. I apologized and he understood. However, from his face I could tell he was tired. After asking him about it, he explained he had another transport the day before and had to drive until 4 am. I was a bit worried, but he reassured me nothing will happen to my car. He seemed experienced, so I let it be. After going around it several time, looking at every nook and cranny and taking several pictures, he requested I remove the spoiler, so it wouldn’t fly into another car during transport. He grabbed a toolbox from his truck and helped with this as well. He arrived in Florida in the morning, 2 days later. Since the time window was 3-5 days, I was a bit unprepared, yet happy to get it sooner. I picked it up from la parking lot nearby, and it was in perfect condition. Thank you Joe!”

“I had difficulties in providing the details online, so I decided to call A1 Auto Transport's hotline. I’m an old lady and I needed someone to guide me on how to ship my vehicle. A1 did not take advantage of my age in processing the transaction. My husband was surprised I was able to send him our 1999 Mercedes Benz to Maryland in the exact condition as before it left our vacation house. It was a memorable vehicle, his anniversary gift to me. I am delighted by the staff of A1 Auto Transport. I wish you more years, so you could assist old people like me.”

“I feel like I have to write this review to let people know how dedicated and efficient this company truly is, and how much I appreciate them. I was helping some friends out with their ATVs and dirt bike business, and they have new clients from Denver that needed the bikes in four days for a motocross show in New Hampshire. A1 Auto Transport has such amazing customer service and the best people available. They moved over a dozen motorcycles and ATVs to the show. They even transported one of the clients’ personal vehicles, a brand new Porche he wanted to use while in New Hampshire. Everything was delivered in less than two days in pristine condition and with absolutely no damage on any of the items. The transporters were courteous and made sure we’re updated via phone and email. Affordability, dedication, and high-quality service: that’s A1 Auto Transport. We couldn’t have asked for anything more on that transaction. We were immensely satisfied, and would recommend this company to everyone.”

“I just wanted to say thanks for bringing my car Coast to Coast in October, 2005. It was my first auto transport shipment and a painless one to boot! My Beamer arrived intact w/o a scratch!!Β Special thanks to Emily and Maggie for their courteous patience with a minor error, and to Jim of Dispatch, who is now in Sales. Their friendly and polite customer service made it a truly commendable experience. You are "A1"!”

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