Vehicle Import Guidelines in Canada

Published On June 2, 2018 | By James Stokes | Business

In Europe, it is pretty easy to travel between the many small countries; almost as easy as it is to travel between the United States.  Moving from one large country to another, on the other hand, is a little more complicated. For example, if you wanted to move from the United States to Canada, it could require a lot more paperwork and, probably, quite a bit more in terms of taxes and duties.  

The reason for this is that the transport of your personal belongings along that international border is, technically, an act of import.  International trade laws, then, require that you register your stuff and pay the appropriate duties and taxes.

VEHICLE INSPECTION

If you bring something big across the border, like a car, it will have to be inspected. Since you have to claim your belongings when you cross the border, the Clearit inspection will, first of all, ensure that you have properly done so.  But more importantly, you need to have your vehicle inspected to ensure that it will pass Canadian automobile regulations, as described in the Canadian Motor Vehicles Safety Act, and also covered in the Canadian Registrar of Motor Vehicles.  

The CRMV CMVSA ensures that your vehicle will satisfy all Canadian motor vehicle operation restrictions, as well as safety guidelines.  This is important because if your car does not meet these specifications you will not be able to bring your car into Canada until you make the necessary modifications.

VEHICLES ALLOWED IN CANADA

Essentially, if you originally bought your car in the United States, there is a very good chance you can register it in Canada.  And if your car does not pass the initial inspection, it may only need a small modification or maybe just a simple restoration (or the replacement of an old part).

With that in mind, though, the following vehicles are generally not allowed for import into Canada:

  • A vehicle which had been originally assembled by multiple manufacturers
  • A vehicle with any type of modified interior
  • A vehicle which has been lengthened
  • A vehicle which has been converted from two to three wheels
  • A vehicle which has been modified to have a lift kit
  • A vehicle with a modified or raised roof
  • A vehicle which has been stressed in any way

Finally, it is very important you remember that some vehicles will not be allowed for import into Canada, regardless of any modifications you might try to make.

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