For many people moving to Canada, one of their chief concerns is whether they can effectively ship a vehicle from their home country. The answer to this question is a loud resounding yes, but there are some things to consider when shipping, especially if you own a new car. There are various fees that are due when you ship a new car to Canada and these include not only the shipping fees but also customs taxes and duties.
Pay the Necessary Fees
The moment that a vehicle is shipped into Canada from another country, there are several fees that must be paid to customs. There are import fees, taxes and customs fees that all need to be paid before the vehicle is legally allowed to remain in Canada. These fees vary based on the value of the vehicle, so it’s best to talk with customs directly to find out how much the vehicle will cost to move into Canada. Overall the costs to import a new vehicle into Canada can be as much as $2500 USD, and that doesn’t include the duty costs or taxes required.
Type of Cars Allowed
Not all cars can be imported to Canada from the United States. It is important to check with Transport Canada ahead of time to make sure your car is on the list of cars the government will allow entry. Some cars are not permitted entry, but if you do not see yours on the list, a quick call or email to your auto manufacturer can often lead to information showing that your car is allowed entry although it may not be on the official list.
If the car is allowed for import, you will need to obtain a statement from the manufacturer (Recall Clearance Letter) that shows the car is not under a recall for parts. This letter may not be easy to get but it is imperative that you have one or the car will most likely be denied entry for import.
You will, of course, need to have some important paperwork to show customs to import your car. This paperwork includes:
- Driver’s License
- Recall Clearance Letter
- Bill of Sake
- Original Title
- Insurance Certificate
Using a Shipping Company
It’s important to rely on a shipping company to handle the move rather than doing it yourself. When using a shipping company, it’s important that the business has proper licensing and insurance coverage and can show they have been in business for at least a few years. You should seek a company who has vast experience shipping to and from Canada from the U.S. as well as other locations internationally.
When you are traveling in Canada, having your own car to drive can really be a great asset when you want to travel freely without hailing a cab, renting a car or taking a crowded bus to and from the areas you need to go. Consider the steps involved to move your vehicle as well as the overall cost to import before you make the decision for yourself.
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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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