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Exporting/Importing Vehicle - US to Canada ONLY!

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Thanks for the info. It's a risk I'll have to take since I don't have the title yet... And I have a contact who could have my car inspected without the import papers...
You cannot import car to Canada without title papers. Also Canadian equivalent of DMV would ask for US Car title before registering Car in Canada.
APPNOV2014NY is right, you wont be able to register the car. there are many ways you can go around the law but only one way to go through it, which is the right and legal way.
 
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Slm1003

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A few scenario questions, if anyone knows...

Can I export the car a day or so before importing?

Can I do my landing, then go back to US customs to export then go back to Canada customs to import?

Can I do the export/import process a bit after landing (like within a week) and if so, what taxes would have to be paid beyond what I would have paid had the import been done at time of landing?

Thanks!
 

Alex54321

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A few scenario questions, if anyone knows...

Can I export the car a day or so before importing?

Can I do my landing, then go back to US customs to export then go back to Canada customs to import?

Can I do the export/import process a bit after landing (like within a week) and if so, what taxes would have to be paid beyond what I would have paid had the import been done at time of landing?

Thanks!
See my link above...
 

APPNOV2014NY

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A few scenario questions, if anyone knows...

Can I export the car a day or so before importing?

Can I do my landing, then go back to US customs to export then go back to Canada customs to import?

Can I do the export/import process a bit after landing (like within a week) and if so, what taxes would have to be paid beyond what I would have paid had the import been done at time of landing?

Thanks!
Let's start differently. Why do you want to split export and import process? Most people show up at US side to get Title stamped and then go to Canadian side to get car imported.

CBSA won't allow PR holders to drive US plated Car in Canada. Only Visitors can. But if you tell them that you are returning to US after finishing landing formalities then they will let you in Canada without exporting/importing private car. After finishing landing formalities at CBSA office you can take judgement call if you want to stick to your words and return to USA or break trust of nice Canadian CBSA agents and drive car further inside Canada.
 

Slm1003

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Let's start differently. Why do you want to split export and import process? Most people show up at US side to get Title stamped and then go to Canadian side to get car imported.

CBSA won't allow PR holders to drive US plated Car in Canada. Only Visitors can. But if you tell them that you are returning to US after finishing landing formalities then they will let you in Canada without exporting/importing private car. After finishing landing formalities at CBSA office you can take judgement call if you want to stick to your words and return to USA or break trust of nice Canadian CBSA agents and drive car further inside Canada.
I want to split it because of my spouse’s current status in the US. I would rather have our PR signed and have been in Canada and, if they check passports on US customs during export, have him be rejected entry than get checked before Canada landing and be arrested.

I would stick to my word to return to the US border to export then back to CBSA to import. It’s not me trying to circumvent Canadian requirements or laws, just trying to keep my spouse safe. So if I can do landing formalities and then turn around immediately so I can do export/import, that would honestly be most ideal for me.
 

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I want to split it because of my spouse’s current status in the US. I would rather have our PR signed and have been in Canada and, if they check passports on US customs during export, have him be rejected entry than get checked before Canada landing and be arrested.

I would stick to my word to return to the US border to export then back to CBSA to import. It’s not me trying to circumvent Canadian requirements or laws, just trying to keep my spouse safe. So if I can do landing formalities and then turn around immediately so I can do export/import, that would honestly be most ideal for me.
I took my car to Canada for soft landing without exporting from US. I showed up at CBSA checkpost@Lacolle and told CBSA agent that I have not exported car from USA since I am turning around and returning to USA after finishing landing formalities at CBSA office and CBSA agent allowed my Car in Canada without export from USA. I repeated same thing inside CBSA office and then U-turned to USA after finishing landing formalities. You can do same and return to USA to finish Car export/import process. Only caveat would be that if you are carrying too many things in your Car then it would be difficult for you to convince CBSA agent that you would turn around and return. In my case, my Car backseat and trunk was empty.
 

Slm1003

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I took my car to Canada for soft landing without exporting from US. I showed up at CBSA checkpost@Lacolle and told CBSA agent that I have not exported car from USA since I am turning around and returning to USA after finishing landing formalities at CBSA office and CBSA agent allowed my Car in Canada without export from USA. I repeated same thing inside CBSA office and then U-turned to USA after finishing landing formalities. You can do same and return to USA to finish Car export/import process. Only caveat would be that if you are carrying too many things in your Car then it would be difficult for you to convince CBSA agent that you would turn around and return. In my case, my Car backseat and trunk was empty.
We’re only going to have the bare minimum with us, so that’s good! Thanks for the input. :) Looks like we’ll be able to export/import day of after doing landing formalities. That makes me feel better!
 

NorthwardCA

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Background:
I'm moving back to Canada after living in the US for over 15 years. I have been married to my US husband for 15 years, and have sponsored him to move back to Canada with me. PR is in process, we're planning our move for this summer.

My Question:
My understanding is that, for returning residents like me, importing a car worth over $10k means I am responsible to pay tax for the amount over 10k. However, I also read that this 10k limit does not apply to Settlers like my spouse.

We have a car that is worth over $10k that we have owned for over 3 years in the US, and we want to bring with us to Canada. The title is in my name, but that's because my husband couldn't be at the dealership at the time, so I bought the car and never bothered to update the title. Beyond that, we have jointly owned our goods for the 16 years we've been married.

We are planning to go to the DMV to update the title to his name prior to our move, so he can claim the vehicle as his and qualify for the tax exemption prior to our moving to Canada. Is this okay for us to do? Are there any red flags if we do this?
 
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Alex54321

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Background:
I'm moving back to Canada after living in the US for over 15 years. I have been married to my US husband for 15 years, and have sponsored him to move back to Canada with me. PR is in process, we're planning our move for this summer.

My Question:
My understanding is that, for returning residents like me, importing a car worth over $10k means I am responsible to pay tax for the amount over 10k. However, I also read that this 10k limit does not apply to Settlers like my spouse.

We have a car that is worth over $10k that we have owned for over 3 years in the US, and we want to bring with us to Canada. The title is in my name, but that's because my husband couldn't be at the dealership at the time, so I bought the car and never bothered to update the title. Beyond that, we have jointly owned our goods for the 16 years we've been married.

We are planning to go to the DMV to update the title to his name prior to our move, so he can claim the vehicle as his and qualify for the tax exemption prior to our moving to Canada. Is this okay for us to do? Are there any red flags if we do this?
I am going to do the same with our 2 vehicles. I personally do not see any red flags. But for us they will be in the list of goods to follow...
 
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technokedar

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Guys, I am planning to bring my car on a work permit so would be doing a temporary import. Now here is the challenge, I am also planning to apply for a PR at a later day.

What happens to the car if my status changes from temporary to PR? I understand that I am expected to then officially export the car from USA and then import it.

Challenge is when this happens I might not have Visa to travel to USA to get the car exported. Which means I would be stuck with the car .

As per me here are my options

Option 1 - Sell Car in USA and buy one in Canada - This means I take a depreciation hit on a good car and spend cash(as I wont have credit history in Canada). So overall expensive option but safer

Option 2 - Bring the car on Temp, drive it for few months till I have valid US visa and return and sell the car in US. This way i would have something available immediately and can build up some cash &/or credit for buying a car in Canada. Works in short term and slightly less expensive.

Option 3 - Figure out a way to import the car either on change of status or from Day 1 (i.e. while entering Canada on WP). Much better option if possible for obvious reasons.

Option 4 - Use the car till change of status and at that time if I don't have a valid USA visa, send the car via transport to USA and ask friends/family to get it sold. - Risky as I don't know how easy it will be for them to sell especially since i wont have original Title(which i would have to give to Canadian authorities while registering in Canada)

Thanks for all the help :)
 

Alex54321

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Guys, I am planning to bring my car on a work permit so would be doing a temporary import. Now here is the challenge, I am also planning to apply for a PR at a later day.

What happens to the car if my status changes from temporary to PR? I understand that I am expected to then officially export the car from USA and then import it.

Challenge is when this happens I might not have Visa to travel to USA to get the car exported. Which means I would be stuck with the car .

As per me here are my options

Option 1 - Sell Car in USA and buy one in Canada - This means I take a depreciation hit on a good car and spend cash(as I wont have credit history in Canada). So overall expensive option but safer

Option 2 - Bring the car on Temp, drive it for few months till I have valid US visa and return and sell the car in US. This way i would have something available immediately and can build up some cash &/or credit for buying a car in Canada. Works in short term and slightly less expensive.

Option 3 - Figure out a way to import the car either on change of status or from Day 1 (i.e. while entering Canada on WP). Much better option if possible for obvious reasons.

Option 4 - Use the car till change of status and at that time if I don't have a valid USA visa, send the car via transport to USA and ask friends/family to get it sold. - Risky as I don't know how easy it will be for them to sell especially since i wont have original Title(which i would have to give to Canadian authorities while registering in Canada)

Thanks for all the help :)
It's a bit of different scenario and timing and maybe I broke the law, but back in 1998 I've entered US from Canada on temporary TN visa ( you know 1 year, renewable each year) with my used Canadian made car. After driving the car 3-4 months in US with Canadian plates and Canadian insurance and Canadian DL finally I've got my US DL and successfully registered/plated/insured the car in Cincinnati, OH. No question asked by Ohio SOS. Since then I drove that car to the ground in US. That's my story.

Here is another nice link-
Exporting/Importing Vehicle - US to Canada ONLY!

https://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/threads/exporting-importing-vehicle-us-to-canada-only.415713/
 
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technokedar

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It's a bit of different scenario and timing and maybe I broke the law, but back in 1998 I've entered US from Canada on temporary TN visa ( you know 1 year, renewable each year) with my used Canadian made car. After driving the car 3-4 months in US with Canadian plates and Canadian insurance and Canadian DL finally I've got my US DL and successfully registered/plated/insured the car in Cincinnati, OH. No question asked by Ohio SOS. Since then I drove that car to the ground in US. That's my story.

Here is another nice link-
Exporting/Importing Vehicle - US to Canada ONLY!

https://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/threads/exporting-importing-vehicle-us-to-canada-only.415713/
Thanks, Most states in US don't check immigration status during renewal of registration but they do so during License, probably thats why you were fine.

I believe in Ontario the registration is annual and I am assuming they check your status during renewals.

Thanks for the link, I am following that thread but haven't found answer for my specific case.