If you decide that you want to ship a vehicle into Canada from the United States you’ll undoubtedly be curious how long the whole process is going to take. After all, you must plan how early you start having the vehicle shipped to make sure it arrives on time for use in Canada. The truth is that it’s very hard to predict exactly how long transporting your vehicle to Canada will take, because the timeframe depends on the company that you use as well as other shipping factors.
How Long is the Wait Time?
Most shipping companies have a wait time that you must sit through before the shipping process begins. Often, you’ll deposit your vehicle and then start the waiting period before transport finally becomes available. This usually takes between one and two weeks after booking the company to do the job. Always ask how long you’ll need to wait before the company will begin shipping your vehicle. For shorter trips the wait time will be the bulk of the time for your transport job.
3 Day Processing on Imports
If your vehicle counts as an import, there’s an additional 3 days of processing time that needs to be accounted for, this process is usually completed during the waiting period though. Special paperwork must be submitted to the Canadian border officials so they know to expect the vehicle shipment and understand how to process it. Work in an additional day for the border officers to process the vehicle and look over all the information.
The actual transportation period can take anywhere from 3 days to several weeks with most shipments depending on the distance that needs covering. A shipment from just below the Canadian border to one of the southern territories is not going to take nearly as long as going from a southern part of the United States into somewhere like the Northwest Territories.
You should expect to wait anywhere from a week to a month when having a vehicle transported into Canada. That includes the initial wait period after hiring the company, all the way through the final delivery of your vehicle. It’s best to ask for specific timeframes when providing all the details of your transport job to the company you’re working with, that’s the only way to get an accurate estimate for the project. Always contact the shipping company well in advance of when you need your vehicle moved, and plan your transport based on the time quote that you receive.
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Written By:Joe Webster
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.