Situated in the Greater Vancouver area, Langley is one of the cities in British Columbia and is well connected with other cities namely, Cloverdale, Surrey and more. If you have recently moved here or plan on working in British Columbia, it is essential to have your own vehicle.
That is why instead of spending on buying a new car, it is more affordable to move your vehicle from USA.
Though you can ship your vehicle using freight shipping as Western coast of British Columbia is on the Pacific Ocean, but shipping your vehicle over land might be the easiest. However, when you work with an experienced international shipping company like A1 Auto Transport service, we ensure that we are with you at every step. To help you get seamless service, we offer ‘door to door’ services whereby we pick your vehicle from your doorstep and deliver it safely in Langley. Additionally, if you want to ship by ocean bound vessels, we offer ‘door to port’ and ‘port to door’ services. These will be added to the shipping quote.
Your vehicle onboard the ocean bound vessel will be shipped either in an enclosed container or on board the shipping deck under the Roll-on/Roll-Off method. If you ship it by land, the vehicle will be on a multi-car carrier.
Cost of vehicle shipment.
The cost of shipping your vehicle depends upon a variety of factors including the type of service that you prefer. Apart from the method of shipping and additional transportation services, the custom taxes, size, model and make of your vehicle, fuel costs will be factored in when the total cost is calculated.
You will need to see if your vehicle is eligible for import as per both Transport Canada and CBSA requirements, there are various taxes that have to be cleared. Apart from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST), Air Conditioning Tax, Excess Weight Tax, Gas Guzzler Tax that needs to be paid, you have to clear the 5% GST tax. In case you need to import the vehicle to Langley permanently, then you are required to clear all of the taxes and duties imposed by Canadian Customs. To validate and verify the car and owners details, some of the documents that need to be submitted include:
- Proof of ownership.
- Bill of sale- with details on VIN, make, model, year.
- Original title deed.
- Vehicle insurance.
- Bill of Lading.
Key considerations of vehicle import.
When you work with us, we take care of all formalities and ensure that we will notify U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 72 hours before shipment as it is mandatory to get the said permits. It is important that irrespective of the method of shipping, the air conditioning gas is removed as it is a fire hazard and the vehicle is steam cleaned so that it is not quarantined in British Columbia. It is essential that all car alarms are disabled. When the vehicle is transported by a multi-car carrier or by RORO, 1/4th tank of fuel is needed to run it up and down the ramp enabled truck or ship. And of course, the car has to be in an operable condition. You need to make sure that the extra set of car keys and legal documentation is present within the car i.e. in the glovebox.
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.