I was going through the forum and figured that mine is a similar issue as the topic of discussion here. I moved from US to Canada through Queenston-Lewiston bridge in Jun this year.
I want to export my car (which still has US title and plates) to Canada the correct way. I drove the car across the border, so I have the car with me here in Toronto but I wasn't aware of the 72-hour vehicle export process.
My situation is a little different.
I was on H1B visa in the US and moved to Toronto in Jun this year to work for another employer in Canada.
I drove my car from US to Canada and while crossing the border, did not come across any US check post. I was not aware of the 72 hour vehicle export process and so I missed to do this on my part. When I entered Canada, they told me that I have to get in touch with the US Customs to complete my 72-hour vehicle export process.
I was on work visa, so it technically would not let me re-enter US on H1B when I was no more working for that employer in US. I have recently applied for a Visitor's visa (B1/B2) to come to the US and complete the vehicle export process the right way.
The person on the phone at the Census Bureau told me that since I have an SSN, I could initiate the vehicle export process by creating EEI and sending my ITN details to the border I intend to drive my car.
My question to you are -
1. I am planning to come over the Labor Day weekend to be inside the US for 72 hours and get the car export done. Will the 72 hour include the weekends Sat-Sun and the Labor Day Monday as well?
2. Is it alright for me to drive in US with my car, for which the export process has been started while I am still in Canada? I have all the original documents and papers with me.
I do not want to raise a flag by not doing things the correct way. Please advise as this would be crucial for me to complete the process.
3. If I initiate the process today by sending my car details including the ITN, when will my car be eligible for export at the border.
4. Will I face any challenges or issues when I cross the border while entering US from Canada. I am coming in to the US just to complete the car exportation process in the right way and legally.
While entering US from Canada and when I already have initiated filing the EEI and sent my VIN#, Make, Model, Year and ITN# details to the border customs, I don't want them to misunderstand me and think that I stole my own car
P.S. I have all original documents related to my car.
I would be really grateful if someone can help. I am planning to do this over the Labor day weekend.
Thanks in advance!