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Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

  • Shipping a car to Canada from the U.S. can be very inexpensive, or somewhat pricey.
  • It mostly comes down to where in the U.S. you’re shipping from and where in Canada you’re shipping to. For most of our customers, the transport costs fall between $700 and $2,500, with the higher prices being those shipments that are furthest away.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car toCanada

San Jose, CA to (California port)
to Prince Rupert
New York, NY to
(New York port) to Halifax
Los Angeles to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
Boston, MA to
(New York port) to Halifax
Las Vegas, NV to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
Phoenix, AZ to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
Charlotte, NC to
(New York port) to Halifax
Denver, CO to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
Memphis, TN to
(New York port) to Halifax
Houston, TX to
(New York port) to Halifax

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

If you need to get your vehicle shipped from the United States to Canada, you’ll probably want to arrange the shipment on a door-to-door basis. That means that your vehicle would be picked up at your home and carried on a cargo truck to the destination province of your choice.

If you decide against door-to-door, the alternative would be terminal-to-terminal, and in that scenario, you would be required to drop off your vehicle at a point convenient to the shipper, from where it would be transported to the destination terminal. In some cases, special arrangements can be made, but this would have to be something you come to an agreement on with your shipper.

You’ll want to be sure and hire a carrier that’s familiar with Canadian Customs in order to avoid any hang-ups when entering the country. It won’t hurt for you to be familiar with the regulations imposed by the Canadian Agency for Transport as well.

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Other Types Of Vehicles We Transport To Canada

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Cost Of Shipping A Car To Canada

The price of shipping/exporting your vehicle to Canada will depend on a few things, and once you’ve decided how you want to go about them, your carrier can probably give you a fairly accurate quote. For instance, you’ll have to decide whether you want to ship/export your vehicle on an open transport or an enclosed one. The open transport will be cheaper since it can be shared with several other vehicles to help defray the overall cost.

It will also make a difference where you are shipping your vehicle from and where it is going to, since the total mileage involved will be tied to the fuel and driver costs. The time of year may play a part in the total cost as well if a wintertime shipment is being considered. Generally, there are fewer winter shipments into the northern provinces, so there are fewer vehicles to help lower the overall costs.

One of the most important factors in working up a quote will be the vehicle itself. The size of the vehicle matters because its length determines how much space it will take up on a transport carrier, and the weight is important because the combined weight of all vehicles being carried must remain within international shipping limitations.


When you have a vehicle shipped to Canada from the United States, it has to be considered an admissible import by the Canadian Registrar for Imported Vehicles. This might be worth checking out as soon as you start thinking about shipping your vehicle, because they may not allow certain kinds of vehicles into the country. Others may be allowed in only after certain modifications have been applied. Either way, you’ll want to know all that up front. Your original title of ownership or a certified copy must be sent to the appropriate border crossing within 72 hours of the time the carrier crosses the border.

Process of registering a vehicle in Canada.

Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Canada

  1. Original bill of lading (BOL)
  2. Bill of sale/purchase invoice.
  3. Competed EPA emissions from (3520-1)
  4. DOT form HS-7.
  5. Personal identification.
Vehicle Preparation

When the time for shipping arrives, you’ll have to do a few things to prepare your vehicle. First, make sure it’s clean inside and out because it will be going through an inspection. This means there cannot be any personal items in the vehicle other than a spare tire and jack. The foot brake and the emergency brake must both be operational and in good condition. The vehicle’s gas tank must be ¼ full, and the vehicle’s auto insurance must be either inside the vehicle or carried by yourself or shipper at the time of inspection.

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Shipping Of Heavy Equipment & Oversized Cargo To Canada

The thought of shipping heavy equipment and/or oversized cargo from the U.S. to Canada can be an intimidating one, but at A1 Auto Transport it’s what we do. In addition to decades of experience transporting cargo overseas, we offer a full suite of shipping options while offering extremely competitive rates. With great customer service and customized planning we make shipping to Canada simple and efficient.

Each and every piece of heavy equipment or oversized cargo is unique and requires knowledgeable care to ensure safety, proper handling and compliance with the different regulatory authorities. Knowing the requirements to ship your type of cargo is important to a successful transport since different cargo requires different preparations. With international rules frequently changing, it’s good to go with a company experienced in overseas freight. Below are some examples of some heavy equipment and oversized cargo that we have shipped recently:

  • Track loaders & graders
  • Pile drivers
  • Cranes
  • Trenchers & scrapers
  • Engineering & agricultural equipment
  • Boom lifts
  • Construction equipment
  • Crawler loaders
  • Farm equipment
  • Heavy trucks
  • Industrial plant equipment
  • Motor graders
  • Mowers
  • Scissor lifts

(List not limited to what’s above, please call to inquire about your U.S. to Canada shipping needs)

How to Decide What Overseas Shipping Method Is Best For You

Depending on the size, weight and whether or not your cargo is operable is a big deciding factor on what shipping method works best for you. For smaller cargo, cargo that can be disassembled or cargo that required extra protection from the weather, shipping via container may be the best way to go. Stacked amongst hundreds of other shipping containers your items will be safely transported to Canada.

Items too large for a shipping container may need to use a full rack container instead. It essentially is a regular shipping container, opened up on all sides including the top. It allows for unique shapes and awkwardly sized items while also giving flexibility when it comes to shipping cargo that doesn’t seem to fit via other means. Flat rack containers are open to the environment and it is sometimes recommended to shrink wrap your items prior to transport.

The least expensive and simplest method of shipping your equipment would be the RoRo method (Roll On/Roll Off). Wheeled vehicles, railroad cars, semi-trailer trucks and trailers would all likely use this method. As it sounds, operable vehicles use the ramp to wheel on and off the cargo vessel.

Lastly we’ll talk about the LoLo (Lift On/Lift Off) vessels. Ships and/or docks are equipped with cranes to load and unload cargo back and forth. It’s ideally used for oversized items that aren’t able to move onto the vessel on their own like crated cargo or non running vehicles.

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Joe Webster

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.

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