St. Catharines is the largest city in the Niagara area of Canada and is called the garden city because of the large gardens and parks that stream through the city. For employment, General Motors of Canada and many manufacturing and industrial companies have brought many new jobs to the area in the last decade. People from around the world flock to the city for employment as well as tourism. There are two major interstates coming into the city as well as a large shipping port on the Welland Canal that allows motor vehicle owners the convenience of shipping a car to the city easily. Due to so many people relocating to the city from the U.S. and other countries, there has been a massive restructure for housing developments and finding affordable housing is generally easily accomplished. The roadways are in good condition and St. Catharines is one of the few cities in Canada that has an electric streetcar route. When it’s time for you to relocate your own car to the city for the convenience of getting around easily and without having to pay for a rental or for public transportation, you will need to hire a professional auto transport company to ship the car for you.
Shipping a Car the Easy Way.
Shipping a car from the United States to St. Catharines does not have to be a difficult process at all. When you speak to an agent at A-1 Auto Transport you can rest assure that your car will be handled with care and the shipping process will be seamless and easily accomplished. The agent will need some information from you like your driver’s license and social security numbers. They will also need you to sign a power of attorney to let them transport the car for you. You will be given information on shipping insurance that is included in the shipping contract. If you have an extremely expensive car you may want to add extra insurance coverage through your personal insurance carrier or purchase a marine insurance policy during shipment. The agent will let you know how to prepare your car for transport including cleaning the car inside and out, removing add-on attachments from the exterior like antennae and removable parts, charging your battery, disabling alarms, checking tire pressure and fluids and the level the gasoline needs to be during shipment. They will also let you know what transport routes are available both by interstate and sea shipping and how you can ship the car by either route. Your agent will assist you with necessary paperwork for customs and let you know what you need to have for the border crossing.
How to Ship a Car to St. Catharines.
Fortunately for shipping to St. Catharines you will be able to ship either by a roadway carrier or by a sea carrier. You will need to work with the agent to decide which will be most convenient for you and your car. The ways to ship are:
Roll/On Roll/Off- Also known as RORO or open shipping, this is the most common way to ship a car whether by roadway or by sea. With RORO, all types of motor vehicles are rolled onto the carrier for transport from the United States to Canada, and then easily rolled off when they reach St. Catharines, or the sea port nearby. For transport with RORO you will need to make sure your car is completely cleaned inside and out and that there are no personal items left behind prior to shipment.
Enclosed- Enclosed car shipping is best for valuable automobiles or shipments that will include personal belongings being shipped along with the car. Enclosed shipping services can be done either via an enclosed transport truck or in a shipping container aboard a sea ship. Cars, and other items, are loaded inside of the containerized carrier and then loaded onto a ship if going by sea. The container, or enclosed truck are unloaded when it reaches the destination in St. Catharines or the nearest seaport for pickup or transfer to a carrier.
When shipping a car to St. Catharines you will have to have the car ready for the border crossing and customs inspection. The border crossing will need a copy of your automobile title within 3 days prior to the cars expected date of crossing the border. Your shipping agent will assist you with making sure your paperwork is complete for both U.S. Customs as well as Canadian Customs and they will make sure the motor vehicle title has been delivered to the border crossing on time. You will have to pay import duties as well as taxes on your car when importing to St. Catharines, Canada and the car can be a new or a used car. Cars older than 10 years from the date of manufacture may be eligible for exemption from the import duties. Your automobile transport agent will be able to provide all information on fees that must be paid, paperwork that will need turned in and the scheduled dates of transport to the city.
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.