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Slm1003

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My family plans to drive to Canada beginning of April from US to do our landing and move. Due to personal reasons, we don’t want to stop at US border/customs before doing our landing. If we put our car on the goods to follow list and do the export/import after landing, is that okay? Will we have to pay customs taxes? We’d do it very shortly after landing, if not right after.
 

bourne5144`

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I will be moving to Canada on an Intra Company transfer for a long-term I am planning to get a Canadian PR, am I eligible to import my car in work visa or do I need a Canadian PR to import the car.
 

technokedar

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I will be moving to Canada on an Intra Company transfer for a long-term I am planning to get a Canadian PR, am I eligible to import my car in work visa or do I need a Canadian PR to import the car.
On WP, you can take your car on temporary import which means no duties. The tricky part is what happens when you change from WP to PR as the car would no more be illegible for temporary import. As per rules you need to do a permanent import which means an export from USA and that might be tricky or simple depending on whether you need Visa(if you are not a GC or Citizen) to go back to USA or not. I dont have much clarity on that.

I am in same boat. Check this thread

https://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/threads/car-temporary-import-permanent-import-after-landing-as-pr.535359/page-2#post-6769445
 

bourne5144`

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On WP, you can take your car on temporary import which means no duties. The tricky part is what happens when you change from WP to PR as the car would no more be illegible for temporary import. As per rules you need to do a permanent import which means an export from USA and that might be tricky or simple depending on whether you need Visa(if you are not a GC or Citizen) to go back to USA or not. I dont have much clarity on that.

I am in same boat. Check this thread

https://www.canadavisa.com/canada-immigration-discussion-board/threads/car-temporary-import-permanent-import-after-landing-as-pr.535359/page-2#post-6769445
Thank you!.. I want to import the car permanently to avoid the later headache, with work permit can we import car permanently
 

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Thank you!.. I want to import the car permanently to avoid the later headache, with work permit can we import car permanently
USA will allow you to export car permanently, but Canada will "most probably" allow only temporary import due to your temporary work status.
 

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Hi everyone, we will be crossing the borders in April ...I would like to clarify couple thinks if anyone can help me with this questions.Me and my husband are planing to travel to New Brunswick. Both lost the status in USA (we start to work on moving to Canada since 2013, that time we had work authorization) and recently both got COPR for Canada. My main concern if will have any problem crossing the borders. We are planing to take our car with us. We got the title for the car.I do have the I-94 which I need to gave them at the borders by my knowledge, my husband doesn't have the I-94. From this forum threat this what I got: USA borders for export.
1) AES pay 75$; 2) receive INT and send with PoA Title to the borders; 3) wait 72 hours before the export the car; 4) at the borders present (title,insurance,registration,SED with ITN.) What about EEI? Anything I'm missing at the USA borders.?
Canada borders for import.
1) Recall clearance letter; 2) Vehicle Import form; 3) RIV Fee $350; I think I need to do more research on Canada Borders. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you very much.
 

email.6633

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as far as i know USA border export will ask for your legal presence in USA.

Recall clearance letter is not requd at border. You need to get the letter and send to RIV. They will approve it. Then only you can register the car in Canada.

Hi everyone, we will be crossing the borders in April ...I would like to clarify couple thinks if anyone can help me with this questions.Me and my husband are planing to travel to New Brunswick. Both lost the status in USA (we start to work on moving to Canada since 2013, that time we had work authorization) and recently both got COPR for Canada. My main concern if will have any problem crossing the borders. We are planing to take our car with us. We got the title for the car.I do have the I-94 which I need to gave them at the borders by my knowledge, my husband doesn't have the I-94. From this forum threat this what I got: USA borders for export.
1) AES pay 75$; 2) receive INT and send with PoA Title to the borders; 3) wait 72 hours before the export the car; 4) at the borders present (title,insurance,registration,SED with ITN.) What about EEI? Anything I'm missing at the USA borders.?
Canada borders for import.
1) Recall clearance letter; 2) Vehicle Import form; 3) RIV Fee $350; I think I need to do more research on Canada Borders. Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you very much.
 

bourne5144`

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Hi all,
If I am temporarily importing the car to Canada from USA what all are the procedures.
  • Do I need to send the recall clearance letter to RIV.
  • After temporarily importing do I need to change number plates to Canadian number plates.
  • If I export from usa and temporarily import in Canada, can I later permanently import it to Canada.
Thanks
 

Kuchbhi

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Hi all,
If I am temporarily importing the car to Canada from USA what all are the procedures.
  • Do I need to send the recall clearance letter to RIV.
  • After temporarily importing do I need to change number plates to Canadian number plates.
  • If I export from usa and temporarily import in Canada, can I later permanently import it to Canada.
Thanks
I don't think there is a provision of temporary import or permanently import, is there? Once you export your car from US, and Import your car into Canada. that's that.

You'll have to export your car from Canada and import it back into US if you move back to US - in my opinion.
 
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I don't think there is a provision of temporary import or permanently import, is there? Once you export your car from US, and Import your car into Canada. that's that.

You'll have to export your car from Canada and import it back into US if you move back to US - in my opinion.
Temporary workers/students can "temporarily import" car into Canada without exporting it from US. I did it in 2015.
 
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I was successfully export the vehicle from USA and import it in Canada. I have to give a heads up that it is a tedious task, but achievable. I am giving steps in details. Please make a note that I am providing the steps for crossing over the NewYork to Ontario. Other borders in the middle and west, there may be a slight change in the process. But 90% will remain the same.

Please read through each step. Each steps are very important. Do not miss anything. This is not an official version. I am just trying to help out people. Please do go through the official documentations which I have mentioned below.

1. The vehicle should not have any vehicle loan(lien). Basically you need to have the title in hand. If you have the loan, then you need to have the letter from the bank/institution that you are allowed to export the car and cross the border.

2. The vehicle should not have any open Recalls. All the recalls should be cleared before we export. Email your vehicle manufacturer to provide a letter stating that this car is cleared from all recalls and this car is compliant with Canadian safety and compliance standards. In case you have any open recalls, go to manufacturer, get it fixed. Then wait for one day. Contact the manufacturer again to get the recall clearance letter.

3. Once the manufacturer sends this letter, email them to RIV recall@support.riv.ca. They will confirm in a day or 2 that they have accepted the same and the car is cleared for import.

4. You can get the importers checklist by navigating to this website and provide the details of your car. riv.ca/ImporterChecklist.aspx

5. Email the border customs office on both USA and Canada sides to get the information. It is very important to do it because they will let you know in case anything has changed.

Not every bridge allows exporting the vehicle. In NewYork state, only Queenston-Lewiston bridge allows exporting the vehicle.

6. You need to register in AES direct website and get the ITN number. The details will be mentioned in the email which the customs team send to you. It is a simple form. But since I didn’t had the time, I contacted one agent to get it done. I had to pay around 100$ to get it done. You have to provide the border crossing date when you fill in the form. If any details change, please update it before you cross the border.

7. Send the ITN number, VIN number to BUFFALOVINNYOFFICE@DHS.GOV 72 hours before crossing the border. This is very important. If it is not met, you will not be able to export the vehicle.

8. The border can be crossed only during the weekdays 8am-4pm. You have to go to Queenston Lewiston bridge on US side and look for customs office and check for Vehicle export office.

9. Give the title, ITN details, email proof etc. Please keep your legal presence proof in USA. For e.g. valid i797A document for H1B holders. They specifically asked me for my legal presence document.

10. They will put a seal in the title and will handover the title.

11. Cross the border (do not drive back to USA). Once you reach Canada side, please inform them that you are exporting the car. They will ask you to park the car near in the parking lot and carry all the documents inside the office.

12. Please visit the office, complete the landing procedures. For car export, provide them the title and copr. Fill in the FORM-1 (Auto import form for Canada). They will put a seal in Form 1 and will give it back to you. They will also give one blue color paper (invoice). Please keep these 2 documents with you. It is very important.

13. Go to RIV website, provide the number which is given in the Form 1, and make the payment. It is around 350$.

14. Once you take an apartment in Canada, you will get your lease agreement. Go to driving test office and transfer your license.

15. Take the car for Canada safety inspection and RIV inspection. Better to take appointment because of long wait period. The RIV inspection is free since you already pay directly to RIV (included in 350$). But safety inspection is something which you have to pay. In Canadian tire, it was 130$. But I was able to get it done from another shop for 60$.

16. Search for auto insurance. Get one before you register the car.

17. Once you have both the documents ready, go to Service Ontario and get the car registered. You need to give Title, Your Ontario DL, Safety clearance, Form 1, Application form, proof of insurance.

18. They will register the car and will give the new number plates.

19. Send the old number plate back to US, your state DMV. Disconnect the US insurance after this.

All official details can be found in this website.
http://www.riv.ca/ImportingAVehicle.aspx
Hi,
Thanks for the awesome info, could you please tell that were you charges when you registered your Car in Canada?
 

trojan06

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Apr 12, 2018
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On this topic I am hoping someone can help in my situation. I am a US citizen who became a permanent resident of Canada in 2016. I am living in Canada but am driving my US vehicle I leased on California. I now will be going back and forth for work quite a bit and technically living in both US and Canada. Will they give me a hard time at the border when I try to bring my car back to Canada after I leave? They asked a bunch of questions last time and I basically said I was still living in the US even though I had my PR. The issue is to keep my PR I have to live in Canada I believe its 3 of 5 years otherwise I lose it. I am thinking of just telling them I have lived in Canada the past 2 years but now am living in the US. I would export the car to Canada and pay the taxes if I could but I cant since its a US lease.
 

sijusony

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Hi All,

I was doing formalities to import my car to Canada, when I sent email to US customs I got an automated reply containing below text

"Vehicles for export may not be brought to Canada or be in Canada prior to formally exported by US customs and Border Protection. Failure to comply with the requirements set forth in CFR 192.2 may result in a penalty action."

I used to visit Canada with this car, will there be any problem when I try to export car to Canada permanently ?

Thanks