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Three Stages of Canadian Import

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Sometimes it seems quite attractive to move to another country. Maybe you want more economic potential or you just want to immerse yourself in another culture for a period longer than the typical vacation.  Moving from the US to Canada, for example, seems a popular discussion these days.  And that makes sense, of course, as the two countries have some cultural and social similarities, but are definitely quite different in many ways.

Knowing this, then, you might think it could be a very good idea to make this move and if that is the case, you should keep in mind that the process of moving from the United States to Canada is not as simple as moving from Wyoming to Florida.  Indeed, this relocation will involve international resettlement, which is basically a form of immigration; and that also involves the import of your belongings.

In terms of importing your stuff from the US to Canada, Clearit customs brokerage can help you with the three stages of the process.

STAGE 1:  Pre-Import

Before the day of import, you have a lot to day.  The first thing you need to do is look up your vehicle in the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV).  This registry will, primarily, inform you whether or not your car is allowed for operation on Canadian streets. More than likely, your car will pass this regulation (if you bought your car in the US), but some cars will not, so you do need to check.

Another reason to check with the Canadian RIV is to ensure that you collect and fill out all the paperwork you will need on the day of your border crossing:

  • Vehicle branding history
  • Vehicle recall clearance/history
  • Vehicle inspection records
  • Vehicle modification records
  • Potential CRIV exemptions
  • Environment Canada requirement satisfaction
  • US Customs Export requirements
  • Canada Border Service Agency entry requirements

STAGE 2:  The Day of Import

It is crucial that you have all of this documentation completed long before your day of import.  In fact, you need to have all of this documentation ready at least 72 hours ahead of time, as you will need to give that much notice to the US Customs Export agency of your intent to bring a “self-propelled” vehicle from the US into Canada.  In addition, you will need to inform the CBSA ahead of time so they will prepare a duty and tax schedule for you to pay on the day of your crossing.

STAGE 3:  Post-Import

Finally, cross the border and plan to pay your fees not too long after.

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