Moving to the Canadian city of Montreal, from the United States, is probably an exciting opportunity, but it is also probably pretty stressful. And much of this stress is going to come from trying to bring the larger, more valuable items—like your car—across the border.
Anytime you move valuables across the border it is, technically, considered an import. This means that the activity is subject to some scrutiny because many different international taxes, duties, and fees will be involved.
And this process is complicated, too, because there is a lot of paperwork involved as well. And it is best to approach the filing of this paperwork in a certain order to move through the process efficiently.
That is why the easiest way to move those large, big-ticket items—like your car—is to work with professional Clearit car importing customs brokerage firms.
IMPORTING A VEHICLE BOUGHT IN THE US
Here are the things you need to know about importing a vehicle purchased in the United States:
- You must have your vehicle officially inspected and certified by the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles (because any vehicle that fails cannot stay in Canada)
- most vehicles modified from their original state could encounter obstacles during importation. Check with the RIV for specifics on this
IMPORTING A VEHICLE FROM A COUNTRY OTHER THAN THE US
The main thing you need to know is that most vehicles offered for sale in countries other than the United States cannot be imported into Canada. However, if you are coming to Canada from another country and still want to bring your car, you can check to see if your vehicle meets the requirements of the Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act. Just as with most rules, there are some exceptions to this one.
IMPORTING NON-REGULATED VEHICLES
In some cases, you might want to import a non-regulated vehicle into Canada. The good news is that these vehicles are exempt from Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Act compliance. Simply check with the MVSA to determine if your vehicle qualifies as “non-regulated.”
IMPORTING OLDER VEHICLES
The good news here is that vehicles older than 15 years of age, and buses manufactured prior to January 1 of 1971 can be imported because they were not regulated at the time of importation. Again, check with the MVSA or the Canada Border Services Agency for such entry requirements.