When trying to import a car to Canada from the United States, there is a series of steps you need to follow if you want to avoid any and all complications. Thankfully, you can follow these simple steps to importing your vehicle safely and effectively, with as little resistance or complications as possible.

STEP 1: ENSURE ADMISSIBILITY

It may sound obvious, but you need to make sure that your vehicle is even permitted fro registration in Canada. Simply check with the Canada Border Services Agency and the Registrar of Imported Vehicles for the restrictions, limitations, and required documentation.

STEP 2: MEET CLEARANCE REQUIREMENTS

Once you have ensured you can even transport your vehicle, you will then need to fill out the paperwork. You will acquire this paperwork, no doubt, during the previous stage so just fill them out as you go along. You may need one or more of:

  • the Original Title or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin or Certificate of Origin
  • Bill of Sale
  • Recall Clearance letter
  • NAFTA documents
  • copies of the export certificate and invoices

STEP 3: FILE AES (before giving required 72-hour notice)

You must fill out the US Customs and Border Protection Automated Export System filing requirement before giving the required 72-hour notice.

STEP 4: SUBMIT REQUIRED CBP DOCUMENTS, GIVE 72-HOUR EXPORT NOTICE

Now you are ready to give the required 72-hour export notice.  For this, you will need:

  • US Customs vehicle export worksheet
  • Copy of the bill of sale
  • copy of the vehicle title or Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin, or certified copy of the same from the US Department of Motor Vehicles.
  • Other appropriate documents depending on vehicle type

STEP 5: MEET CANADIAN FOOD INSPECTION AGENCY REQUIREMENTS

Some vehicles may need require Canadian food inspection agency requirements. These include:

  • used agricultural vehicles or equipment and containers
  • used earth moving vehicles, etc
  • used passenger and recreational vehicles
  • used military equipment

STEP 6: SUBMIT DOCUMENTS TO CBSA AT POINT OF ENTRY

At the CBSA office at point of entry you will be able to process your vehicle documents; you will also be able to:

  • declare goods in person
  • arrange for an agent to handle this

You will need the following documentation:

  • bill of sale
  • title
  • transport Canada Vehicle Import Form 1
  • additional forms determined by vehicle class

STEP 7:  PAY REGISTRATION

Take your forms to an approved inspection facility and pay your fee.

STEP 8: PASS INSPECTION/REGISTER VEHICLE

Now you are able to submit for inspection and, when you pass, register your vehicle in Canada.