An Easier Way to Ship Freight to and from Canada
Whether you’re planning a move to or from Canada, or you simply need your vehicle for a family vacation, we are here to help you transport your car across the Canadian border. Our team of professionals will make sure your car gets to its final destination quickly and safely, while you follow its progress with our advanced GPS technology.
About International Auto Freight Shipping
Shipping your vehicle can be stressful and complicated at the best of times. But when you need to transport a car from one country to another, things can become even trickier.
That’s why our freight shipping services to and from Canada are designed to make your job as easy as possible.
What You Need to Know About USA-Canada Vehicle Freight Shipping?
Our reliable, friendly team of professionals has the experience and expertise to answer any questions you may have, and get the process started today.
Important Customs Information for The USA-Canada Border
There is a lot of paperwork needed for cross-border vehicle shipments. While we do everything we can to streamline the complicated process for you, there are a few things you may wish to know before you make an inquiry with us. If you’ve decided to purchase a car in the States and you’re hoping to import it into Canada permanently, you will need to follow these steps:
Make sure your car is permitted in the country. Canada has a few rules about which cars are admissible in the country. Visit Canada’s Registrar of Imported Vehicles to find out more about which cars qualify.
Double-check the title. One of the most important requirements for incoming vehicles is the original vehicle title. Alternatively, you can provide a copy certified by the Department of Motor Vehicles. This documentation needs to reach the appropriate border crossing at least 72 hours prior to the shipment. You will also need to prove a copy of your photo ID.
About the 72-hour rule. The infamous 72-hour rule means that before your vehicle can be imported into Canada, it must be exported from the United States. You won’t need to worry too much about this rule, as we will take care of the nitty-gritty details. As long as we have a copy of the vehicle title well in advance, we will take care of contacting the border crossing for you.
Prepare any other necessary paperwork before the crossing. Depending on the purpose of your shipment, you may be required to provide other paperwork.
Here are a few examples of different situations that require specific paperwork.
- US military or US diplomat
- Snowbird or Short-term stay
- US citizen — Canadian vehicle
- US citizen — US vehicle
- Vehicle Purchase
If you are unsure about which one you’ll need, one of our highly skilled customer service professionals will be happy to assist you.
Why Choose Us for Shipping Your Vehicle to and From Canada
We can handle just about any transport demands quickly and seamlessly. Thousands of individuals, dealers, and manufacturers have used our services to transport vehicles to and from Canada. Our customers love our excellent attention to detail and our simplified shipping process. In fact, 97% of our customers refer us to their friends and family.
With our trustworthy services, you can rest easy. All of our carriers are fully licensed, bonded, and insured, so you will always be covered for any unexpected damage to your vehicle. We also provide real-time GPS satellite tracking, so you can keep tabs on your vehicle during each step of the journey.
Shipping your vehicle will be surprisingly easy if you choose A-1 Auto Transport. We will take care of all of the complicated details, and we will even pick up and drop off your car at your front door. All you’ll need to do is to sit back and relax!
FAQs About Freight Shipping to And From Canada
How Long Will The Shipment Take?
The length of the journey can depend on a few key factors. If you are transporting your car from one of the southern states, the shipment time will be longer than if your vehicle departs from one of the northern states. Our drivers typically travel about 400 miles a day. Factor in extra time for interstate checks, as well as time for the crossing of the Canadian border. Remember that the 72-hour rule may mean you need to factor an additional three days into your wait time.
In most cases, the transportation period will be between 3 days and several weeks. If you are anxious to get the process started as soon as possible, contact us today. At A-1 Auto Transport, we can offer expedited vehicle shipping to Canada. Just be sure to fill out the fast quote form when you enquire online.
What Do I Need To Provide?
Our team will help you to prepare all of the documentation you will need to transport your car across the border. You will need the original title as well as some form of ID. The documentation depends on whether you are planning on importing your vehicle, or you are simply taking your car to Canada for a short holiday.
How Do I Get Ready For The Shipment?
Getting a car ready for shipment requires several steps of preparation. You will need to:
- Remove any personal items from the vehicle
- Thoroughly wash the car
- Take the car in for a check-up
- Leave some gas in the tank
- Take stock of any current superficial damage
It’s important your car is in prime condition before you send it away in a freight container. You’ll also want to make sure you are aware of its condition. It is incredibly rare that vehicles are damaged during transportation. However, if you do notice any dings or dents, rest assured that our insurance will cover all of the repair costs.
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.