Barrie is an excellent city for employment in Central Ontario, Canada. With more than 20 worldwide companies including Coca Cola and IBM, more than 20% of the workforce comes from outside the city to work daily. The city also has many activities including beach access, boating, skiing and music festivals in the summer and snowboarding and ice fishing in the winter. Add the employment opportunities together with the festive activities and the hundreds of restaurants, lounges and retail shops, and Barrie is an excellent city to move to. The city is very industrialized and the best form of transportation is driving a personal vehicle as public transportation can move very slow and does not have service throughout the entire city.
How to Transport Your Car to Barrie.
Hiring a professional automobile transport company to handle the shipment of your motor vehicle will ensure a smooth move and no stress as the shipper will take care of handling the car safely and keeping it on schedule for arrival. The representative that works on your automobile shipping schedule will walk you through all steps of the shipment process and will be able to answer any questions you may have about how cars are shipped to Barrie from the United States. The representative will need some paperwork from you that will verify your identity like your driver’s license and social security number and they will need you sign a power of attorney form to give permission for your automobile to be transported. The company will explain how your car can be shipped.
Shipping methods from the United States to Barrie include:
Roll/On Roll/Off (Open Transport) - Also called RORO, this is the most common way to ship a car from the United States to Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Open transport carriers can haul many automobiles on one transport load. Cars need to be empty when they are transported on Roll/On Roll/Off carriers to help ensure safe security during transport. If you need to ship any household goods when you ship the automobile, you may want to use enclosed transport that will provide room for personal items. Enclosed transport is excellent when you want to have some added protection during transport because the carrier or shipping container is enclosed and prevents possible damage from the elements and flying debris. With RORO and enclosed transport, you can have the car delivered with door to door services or you may choose to ship terminal to terminal. When using terminal service you will need to drop your car off at the terminal for pickup by the carrier on the scheduled date. If you have a car that is highly valuable, you may also want to consider shipping by air. Shipping a car by air is not used as often as roadway or sea transport due to the pricing, but it is an available option in many instances.
Preparing for Transport.
Your representative will explain how you need to prepare the car for transport. There are some basic preparations that will need to be considered and those are:
- Thoroughly cleaning the car interior and exterior.
- Fuel level should be at a quarter tank.
- The battery should be charged fully.
- Alarms need to be disabled for shipment.
- Go over the insurance coverage amounts.
- Complete a full physical damage inspection prior to transport.
You will want to go over the shipping contract and make sure the insurance coverage is the right amount for your vehicle. If it is not then you may want to add a shipping or marine policy for use during transport.
Know the Customs Laws for Import.
As you make plans to ship your car you will need to be aware of the laws set by customs in the United States as well as Canada. The U.S. will need export paperwork filled out and submitted as will Canada prior to the scheduled date of shipment. Taxes and import duties must be paid when you ship a car to import into Barrie. Your auto transport representative will go over the amounts due and will let you know if you may qualify for any exemptions on the fees or taxes. You can also contact the Canadian Border Agency for further information on importing a car or other personal items to Barrie.
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.