Richmond is a coastal city located in British Columbia – a Canadian province. It is a part of the metropolis of Vancouver and is currently the fourth largest city in the entire province. It has its location on the Lulu Island and is surrounded by other small and uninhabited islands both to the south and to the north.
The neighboring communities are Vancouver, New Westminster, Delta and Burnaby and its western border is the Strait of Georgia.
While shipping your car as freight cargo is quite possible because British Columbia faces the Pacific Ocean with its west coast, but your best bet is actually to transport it using trucks. If you choose to go with the land route, you have to decide whether you want the door-to-door service, which is going to ensure that your vehicle is picked up from your place and delivered at a specifically chosen destination point by you. This is, of course, a bit more expensive. You can always go for the terminal-to-door choice and you’d have to drive your car to the shipping point yourself.
Your car is going to be transported in one out of two separate shipping methods: in an enclosed truck, which is going to protect it from flying debris and the elements or on a car carrier, which is open and exposed but at the same time a lot more expensive. This is because you will be sharing the costs with other car owners.
The aforementioned factors are going to ultimate determine the cost of the entire process, but there are a few other things to be considered as well. Right off the bat, if you choose to go with the door-to-door service, you’d have to pay a lot more money. Transportation in a private and enclosed truck is also more expensive. Apart from these, there are also quite a few other factors such as fuel costs, mileage as well as customs taxes, the model and the size of your car. If you are going with a shared carrier, the price would also be affected by the number of vehicles which are being shipped.
If the Canadian Transport requirements and the CBSA allow you to transport your car into the country, you’d have to pay some additional import assessment which is likely to include a GST amounting to 5%, duties and excise tax. A territorial or provincial tax may also be imposed once you’ve licensed the car. There is also an import duty on cars which are made outside of the U.S. and it’s 6.1%. The gas Guzzler Tax, the Excess Weight Tax, The Air Conditioning Tax and the Provincial Sales Tax are also imposable but they are occasional and optional.
There are plenty of requirements that have to be fulfilled when you ship a vehicle to Canada. To start with, you have to notify the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency at least 3 to 4 days prior to the shipping in order to get clearance. There is verification on both sides of the border so it is important to establish personal identity with a valid driver’s license and passport. Additionally, ownership proof can be established with a bill of sale or original title. If you’ve leased it, you are going to need an additional authorization by the lien holder. Other requirements for shipment include:
- ¼ full gas tank.
- One single set of keys so that operation is possible due to shipping.
- The car has to be minimally operable which suggests 4 inflated tires, working brake and it has to be controllable with the steer.
- If you don’t have documents showcasing the year, make and the model, you must provide one additionally.
- The car has to be thoroughly inspected prior to the shipment.
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.
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