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Can I ship a car to Canada?

Published by Joe Webster.

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  1. Eligibility Criteria for Shipping Vehicles to Canada
  2. Necessary Documentation for Shipping Vehicles to Canada
Can I ship a car to Canada?

Yes, you can ship a car to Canada. However, ensuring the vehicle complies with Canadian standards and regulations is necessary. Additionally, you'll need to provide a copy of your passport photo page to obtain an import permit and other necessary documentation, like the vehicle's title and registration.

Shipping a car to Canada is feasible, but it has requirements and regulations. While the vehicle must meet specific Canadian standards, one must also provide necessary documentation, including a copy of the passport photo page, to secure an import permit. This article delves into the intricacies of transporting a vehicle to Canada, from choosing the right shipping company to understanding the eligibility criteria and necessary paperwork.

Eligibility Criteria for Shipping Vehicles to Canada

Shipping vehicles to Canada involves a set of eligibility criteria that the vehicle owner must fulfill. first of all, the vehicle must be shipped per Canadian safety standards and regulations. This means that imported cars or trucks should meet all safety requirements that Transport Canada established when manufactured.

Secondly, another important criterion pertains to environmental considerations. The imported car needs to adhere to Canadian emission control regulations as well. These rules are enforced by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), ensuring vehicles entering their jurisdiction do not contribute excessively towards pollution levels.

Car Import from Canada

Lastly, there's also an age restriction for used cars from certain countries. Usually, if you're importing a used car from a country other than the U.S., it has to be 15 years old or older, depending on its manufacturing date. However, this rule does not apply if your intention is only temporary importation for personal use during tourism or education purposes in Canada.

Necessary Documentation for Shipping Vehicles to Canada

Before shipping a vehicle to Canada, it is crucial to gather all necessary documents. This paperwork serves as legal proof and validation for your vehicle's importation. The primary document required is the original or certified copy of the vehicle title. It must include complete details such as make, model, year, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), and current mileage.

Another critical piece of documentation is proof of ownership. This can either be a bill of sale or any other document that clearly states you are the owner of the vehicle being shipped. If there are liens on your car, you must provide written permission from lien holders authorizing exportation.

Recall clearance letters are also needed for cars less than 25 years old from their manufacturing date. The manufacturer should obtain these letters stating that no recalls exist on your specific make and model. It ensures safety compliance with Canadian standards before importing into their jurisdiction.

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Joe Webster always knew the auto transport industry would be a great career option. And with decades of experience, Joe is now an established consultant for A1 Auto Transport.

Joe was born in Santa Cruz, California. During high school, Joe worked as a mechanic; a job continued to work part-time during his bachelor's degree.

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CSI Logistics
435 Division Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07201
FMC 22206
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45 Campus Drive
Edison, NJ 08837
NO. 17858N
Trans Global Auto Logistics, Inc.
3401 E Randol Mill Rd,
Arlington, TX 76011
NO. 018191NF
CFR Rinkens
15501 Texaco Avenue
Paramount, CA 90723
NO. 013055NF
ABC Worldwide LLC
2840 NW 2nd Ave #105
Boca Raton, FL 33431
NO. 025472F
ShipYourCarNow LLC
1160 South Rogers Circle Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487
NO. 025646
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