Saguenay is a city which is located in the province of Quebec in Canada and it has its location on the banks of the River Saguenay. It is about 126 kilometers away from Tadoussac and 200 kilometers away from the Quebec City.
The truth is that you can accomplish the international shipment to Canada if you hire a reliable shipping agency like the A1 Auto Transport. This is going to ensure that your vehicle is going to be taken care of by professionals and that it’s going to arrive safely. You need to ensure that you have all the required information and documentation needed at customs. Some of these documents include:
- Driver’s License.
- Social security card.
- Signed Power of Attorney.
Paperwork and Dealing with Customs.
Your paperwork will need to go to the customs located in the United States when you are ready to export your vehicle. Paperwork needs to be submitted as soon as you are aware that you will be shipping a vehicle out but there is a minimal amount of time, 72 hours that customs needs. Your transport agent at A1 Auto Transport Service will be able to assist you in determining what to send with your application for import and help you determine when to send it.
You will then need to make another copy of everything to send to Canadian Customs Authority ((CBSA) so that your paperwork will be waiting for your vehicle at the border crossings. Just like the U.S Customs, Canadian Customs will need to be given a minimum of 72 hours prior to your projected shipping date to prepare for your arrival. Be sure to check with Transport Canada to make sure that your vehicle meets the Canadian Motor Vehicle Standards. If the car meets the rules and regulations in the United States, it will meet the regulations of Canada as well. However, if your vehicle is manufactured from another country, you may need to make some mechanical modifications in order to ensure that it is accepted once it reaches Canada and not rejected.
Your particular transport agent is going to through all of the details with you and will let you know about the cost and how your vehicle is going to be shipped. Some of the things that will have to be accounted during preparation include:
- Steam clean the car inside and out.
- Fill all of the necessary fluids.
- Charge the battery.
- Fill the gas tank with 25% fuel.
- Disable all of your security systems and remove all interior and exterior items.
Cleaning the vehicle is important if you want to avoid any quarantine periods which is definitely going to slow things down. Keep in mind that shipping your vehicle to Canada can be rather expensive. The location of the initial port is also important and the entire thing can cost you between $700 and $2,500 depending on the distance. If you have your vehicle to be eligible according to the CBSA as well as the Transport Canada requirements, you are going to need to pay duties, excise taxes and a 5% GST. If you import a vehicle from outside of the USA, apart from the 5% GST, you’d also have to pay 8% harmonized sales tax (HST) upon licensing the vehicle.
The shipping methods are rather conventional. You can choose an enclosed car carrier which means that your vehicle is going to be shipped within an enclosed container. You can also ship other personal belongings within the container and it’s going to keep them well protected from the elements.
The other option is with RORO or an open car carrier. Your vehicle will be shipped using a freight ship and you can’t ship anything but your vehicle. However, it’s cheaper and quicker because of that.
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.