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Shipping Your Car to Canada

Shipping Your Car to Canada

Ship Your Car to or from Canada

Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?

Shipping a car to Canada from the U.S. can be both inexpensive or pricey depending on the method you use and the timeline you need it shipped on.

Several factors that influence prices, including:

  • Where in the U.S. you’re shipping from and where in Canada you’re shipping to
  • The time of the season you are looking to have your vehicle shipped
  • Your chosen method of transportation
  • Uncontrollable factors such as gas prices, regulatory fees, and import duties

The typical transport costs for our customers is between $700 and $2,500, with the higher prices being for shipments that are furthest away.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Canada

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated Time
San Jose, CA to (California port)
to Prince Rupert
$200$9005+12 days
New York, NY to
(New York port) to Brampton
$275$9005+9 days
Los Angeles to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
$350$9005+12 days
Boston, MA to
(New York port) to Halifax
$400$7005+9 days
Las Vegas, NV to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
$450$9005+12 days
Phoenix, AZ to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
$550$9006+12 days
Charlotte, NC to
(New York port) to Calgary
$575$11006+12 days
Denver, CO to
(California port) to Prince Rupert
$775$9007+12 days
Memphis, TN to
(New York port) to Calgary
$800$11006+12 days
Houston, TX to
(New York port) to Halifax
$1,075$7007+9 days

*Prices and times are estimated and are not guaranteed quotes..

Ways You Can Save Money On Your Auto Shipment to Canada

There are several tips you can follow if you want to save money on your car shipment. Here are a few of the most common ones we recommend:

  • Ship your car during the offseason. A decreased demand for auto shipments will allow you to find the best prices possible.
  • Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port yourself.
  • Allow at least ten days for your documents to get processed by Transport Canada.
  • The above prices are for a single car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally.
  • Save additional time and money by shipping your personal belongings in your dedicated container.
  • The roll-on, roll-off (RoRo) method is less expensive, and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Need a RoRo quote for your vehicle? Contact us today.

Door-to-Door Shipping

Door-to-door shipping is the most popular method for shipping your car from the United States to Canada. This method involves a scheduled pickup for your vehicle at a location specified by you and delivery to the destination province of your choice.

Terminal-to-Terminal Shipping

Terminal-to-terminal shipping is the only alternative to door-to-door. Using this method, you are required to drop your vehicle off at a favorable location for the shipper where it will be picked up for transportation. In some cases, special arrangements can be made, but this is an agreement that would be made between you and the shipping company you are working with.

Navigating Transport Canada and Canada Border Services Agency Rules and Regulations

Vehicle imports are handled by Transport Canada, a branch of the federal government, while all border requests are taken care of by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Canadian import regulations are straightforward and favorable for imports coming from the United States. We recommend you familiarize yourself with the following resources and information if you want a streamlined shipping process.

  • All vehicles need to be verified using the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV). Check that your vehicle is on RIV to avoid any complications. RIV provides a useful Importer Checklist tool that you can use to determine your vehicle’s eligibility and to search for vehicle manufacturer information.
  • Verify that your vehicle is admissible to Canada. Eligibility for admission to Canada is based on a set of criteria that can be found on Transport Canada’s website here. This document details requirements such as maximum vehicle age, permitted vehicle types, weight restrictions, and other specifications that will simplify the import process.
  • Check for vehicle recalls. Imported vehicles must not be part of an active recall. RIV’s import checklist will provide you with your manufacturer’s contact information if you search for your vehicle using it.
  • Have your documentation in order. There are several documents you will need to prepare to import your car to Canada. You must submit an Electronic Export Information (EEI) using the Automated Export System (AES), CBSA will require Vehicle Import Form – Form 1 (E-form), your title and ownership will be required, as well as valid identification.
  • Pay your fees. You should expect to pay several fees throughout the import process. These fees include your RIV registration fee ($310 + tax), duty, excise tax, 5% GST, potential provincial taxes based on your destination location, and licensing fees.
  • Obtain an RIV Inspection. Vehicles being imported to Canada must follow established regulations. Your RIV inspection must be completed within 45 days of the date of importation. You will need to supply your Federal Inspection Form and Vehicle Import Form – Form 1 at the time of inspection. Once passed, you will receive a Canadian Statement of Compliance (SOC).
  • Consult with the provincial licensing department. Each province has its own licensing branch. These branches are as follows: Alberta Government Services (Alberta), ICBC Licensing Programs (British Columbia), Manitoba Highways & Government Services (Manitoba), Department of Transportation (New Brunswick), Motor Registration Division (Newfoundland), Ministry of Transportation (Northwest Territories), Registry of Motor Vehicles (Nova Scotia), Department of Economic Development & Transportation (Nunavut), Ministry of Transportation (Ontario), Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec (Quebec), Saskatchewan Government Insurance (Saskatchewan), and Community & Transportation Services (Yukon).
  • Meet environmental requirements. Environment Canada handles all environmental requirements in Canada. RIV offers a detailed breakdown of what environmental requirements your vehicle must have here.

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Shipping Your Car to Canada with A-1 Auto Transport


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The Real Cost of Shipping a Car to Canada

The price of shipping/exporting your vehicle to Canada will depend on a few factors. Your shipping carrier can provide you with an accurate quote only after you’ve determined your method of shipping and destination.

For example, you’ll need to determine a few things like:

  • Whether you want to ship your vehicle using enclosed or open transport. This choice will depend on the value of your vehicle and the level of protection it requires. The open transport method is cheaper since your shipment will be shared with other vehicles, reducing your costs.
  • Where you plan to ship your vehicle to. Gas prices and total mileage determine vehicle shipping rates. You should expect to pay less to ship a vehicle to Vancouver or Toronto than to a remote province like Nunavut.
  • Seasonal costs. The time of year you ship your vehicle will influence shipping rates too. Generally, there are fewer shipments into the northern provinces during the winter, so this reduced demand lowers costs.
  • The type of vehicle you are shipping. The type of vehicle you are trying to ship is one of the most important factors when determining your quote. The dimensions of your vehicle (weight, size, etc.) influence how much space it will take up on a transport carrier and whether its weight meets international shipping limitations.

Preparing Your Paperwork

Any vehicles imported into Canada from the United States will need to complete an E-Form using RIV. In addition to your import paperwork, you will need to complete the following:

Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Canada

  • Original bill of lading (BOL)
  • Bill of sale/purchase invoice
  • Competed EPA emissions from (3520-1)
  • DOT form HS-7
  • Provide personal identification

Preparing Your Vehicle

It’s important that you take the time to prepare your vehicle for the shipping process. There are certain requirements that you’ll need to follow, including:

  • Making sure the vehicle is clean for the inspection process. Remove any personal belongings, potentially illegal items, and anything that may stall the inspection process.
  • Cleaning your vehicle. We recommend you give your vehicle a thorough cleaning and wash. This will allow you to document any damage that may occur during its transit.
  • Documenting any damage on your vehicle. Accidents can and will happen. Before shipping your car, make note and take photos of any existing damage. Should new damage appear after your shipment, you’ll have the necessary documentation to prove it.
  • Ensuring your foot and emergency brake work. The foot and emergency brake must both be operational and in good condition.
  • Emptying your gas tank. The vehicle’s gas tank must be ¼ full.
  • Providing your vehicle’s insurance. The vehicle’s auto insurance must be inside the vehicle or provided by your shipping carrier at the time of shipment.

Shipping Heavy Equipment and Oversized Cargo to Canada

No one enjoys the shipping process, and the thought of shipping heavy equipment and oversized cargo from the U.S. to Canada can seem intimidating.

A-1 Auto Transport puts it decades of experience to work and simplifies the entire process for you. We have extensive experience transporting cargo overseas. We offer a full suite of shipping options and the best rates in the business. Top that off with our exceptional customer service and customized planning, and we are just who you need to make your shipment to Canada a seamless experience.

No two shipments are the same. Every shipment of heavy equipment or oversized cargo is unique and requires knowledge and care to ensure safety, proper handling, and compliance with the different regulatory authorities. We help you understand the requirements, which regulations apply to you, and guide you through the entire process.

With international rules always changing, you need to work with a company that understands international freight, regulations and has the experience to get your shipment from point A to B, effortlessly. Below are a few 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

Need something that wasn’t listed? Contact us directly for all your U.S. to Canada shipping needs.

Need Help Deciding Which Overseas Shipping Method Is Best for You?

Choosing the right shipping method for your vehicle can be difficult. Depending on the size, weight, and whether or not your cargo is operable is a deciding factor on what shipping method works best for you.

Here’s what we recommend:

  • Shipping via container may be the best way to go for smaller cargo, including anything that can be disassembled, or cargo that requires extra protection from the weather. Your items will be safely transported to Canada in a shipping container stacked amongst hundreds of others.
  • Items too large for a shipping container may need to use a full rack container instead. This type of container is open on all sizes, including the top. It allows for unique shapes and awkward-sized items, while also providing flexibility when it comes to shipping cargo that doesn’t fit via other means. Flat rack containers are open to the environment, and you may need to shrink wrap your belongings before shipping.
  • The least expensive and simplest method of shipping your equipment is the RoRo method. Wheeled vehicles, railroad cars, semi-trailer trucks, and trailers are all eligible for this method and are loaded by driving them onto a trailer.
  • Lift on, lift off (LoLo) is another available method. Ships and docks are equipped with cranes to load and unload cargo. This method is typically used for oversized items that aren’t able to move onto the vessel on their own like crated cargo or inoperable vehicles.

If you have any questions about the shipping methods offered, don’t hesitate to contact A-1 Auto Transport directly. Our team is more than happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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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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