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Can I take my car from USA to Canada permanently?

Published by Joe Webster.

What's in this article?
  1. The Legalities of Car Importation
  2. Steps to Prepare Your Car for the Move
Can I take my car from USA to Canada permanently?

Yes, you can take your car from the USA to Canada permanently. However, this involves a detailed process of exporting it from the US and importing it into Canada, complete with necessary paperwork, inspections, and applicable fees.

Relocating from the USA to Canada and considering taking your car with you? It's entirely possible, but there are several steps and regulations to be aware of. If you plan to settle in Canada permanently, you'll need to navigate the intricacies of exporting your car from the US and importing it into Canada. This process involves filling out the required export and import documentation for both countries, undergoing inspections, and paying the appropriate fees.

The Legalities of Car Importation

Before you begin importing a car from the USA to Canada, you must familiarize yourself with the legal requirements. The first step is identifying whether your vehicle is admissible for importation into Canada as per Transport Canada’s Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV). Certain makes and models may be prohibited due to safety or emission standards that differ between countries.

Next, ensure all necessary documentation is in order. This includes proof of ownership, a bill of sale, and a recall clearance letter. It's also important to pay attention to customs duties and taxes that will apply upon entry into Canada. When reporting your importation at the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), you'll need this paperwork. Lastly, there are some post-import steps you must adhere to according to Canadian laws.

Car Importation of United States of America to Canada

After successfully importing your car, it needs an inspection by a designated authority within 45 days for compliance with safety regulations before you can register it under provincial or territorial licensing jurisdiction. Failure to meet these obligations could lead not only to fines but also to seizure or exportation of your imported vehicle.

Steps to Prepare Your Car for the Move

Before commencing the importation process, ensuring that your vehicle is in good condition is crucial. This entails carrying out a thorough inspection of the car's interior and exterior parts. Check for any mechanical issues that could cause problems during transport or upon arrival at Canadian customs. If any repairs are needed, get them done promptly to avoid delays or complications. The next step involves cleaning your vehicle thoroughly.

A clean car not only facilitates easy inspection but also helps prevent quarantine issues at the border due to dirt or foreign substances that customs officials may consider biohazardous material. Removing all personal belongings from the car is equally important as they might not be covered under transit insurance and can cause unnecessary trouble during inspections.

Documentation plays an integral role in this process, too. Gather all necessary paperwork such as proof of ownership, bill of sale, and recall clearance letter, among others required by US export laws and Canada import regulations. Ensure you have copies of these documents stored safely, as losing them could lead to significant setbacks in your car’s importation process.

Car Importation Process United States of America to Canada

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