While a lot of people from across the globe try to import their vehicles into Canada, only a few succeed. This is because if you’re importing a car, you have to meet several requirements of various government agencies. Not only is it a multi-stage process, but the requirements differ from vehicle to vehicle. So, if you are looking to import a car, you’ll have to comply with laws, different from those for boat or stock trailers. So, when importing a car from the US, it is advised that you seek assistance from professional customs agents who can guide you during the process.

  • Meeting the documentation requirements

The first step to import a vehicle into Canada from the United States, especially is to prepare for all necessary kinds of documentation. Make sure you have documents for the RIV, US customs and border protection. You must, thus, make sure you have the following documents prepared for submission.

  • Bill of sale
  • Copies of export
  • EPA label affixed to the vehicle
  • Original title
  • Certificate of origin by the manufacturer

These are a few documents that are of significance while importing a car into Canada, especially from the US. 

  • Filing AES

Keeping up with all the latest changes in the rules is key to eliminating errors during the customs process. If you’re exporting your vehicle from the US, you must know that effective from October 2, 2014, the US census bureau has put an additional customs requirement on the US customs border protection. The requirement is that the AES must be filed before the 72-hour notice. And, along with the worksheet, the EIN, IRS or the DUNS number from the seller must be attached to file the AES.

  • Submitting docs to custom border protection

Submitting all the significant documents to the CBP is an important stage of the process, to import a car to Canada from the US. And, this must be done at least 72 hours prior to the export. At the time of exit from the US, the owner or agent must submit the original documents and the vehicle to the customs at the port in person. You need to provide documents such as an Individual Tax Number, US customs vehicle export worksheet and a copy of the bill of sale. 

These are a few stages involved and documents required for exporting a car from the US. Regulations, needless to say, differ from country to country. 

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