Steps to Importing a Vehicle Into Canada

If you are moving to Canada and plan to import your vehicle, you should be aware of the steps involved in doing so. This will help you better prepare for the Clearit process.

Step 1: Verify your vehicle’s admissibility

Of course, your vehicle needs to meet the requirements set forth by the Canadian Border Services Agency and Transport Canada as well as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.  Be sure to check with all of these agencies because failing this admission could be costly.  Also check with the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV).

Step 2: Meet clearance documentation requirements

If your vehicle is, indeed, admissible, you need to then make sure that you have the appropriate documents required by US Customs and Border Patrol and Canada Border Services Agency.  Here is a list of documents that you must present with your vehicle to a US Customs agent at the time of export:

  • Vehicle’s original title/Manufacturer’s Statement of origin/Certificate of Origin; or a Certificate of No Title
  • The bill of sale
  • Recall clearance letter (US only, if necessary)
  • NAFTA clearance, if applicable (for commercial US imports)
  • Copies of the Export Certificate and Invoices (if the export location is other than the US)

Step 3: File your AES (before giving 72 hour export notice)

The US Census Bureau added an export filing requirement to the US Customs and Border Protection Automated Export System (AES) on October 2, 2014.  You must file this before you give the border agencies the mandatory 72-hour notice. Keep in mind you will also need an EIN or IRS or Duns number.

Step 4: Submit all required documents to the Canadian Border Patrol (at 72 hours prior to export)

Be sure to also complete the necessary documents, including:

  • US Customs vehicle export worksheet
  • Copy of the bill of sale
  • a copy of the vehicle title
  • a no title required addendum (if your vehicle does not require a title)

Step 5: Certify Canadian Food Inspection Agency Requirements

All autos will be subject to import requirements and inspection procedures and fees which are designed to prevent the transport of harmful plants/pests.

Step 6: Submit required Canadian Border Services Agency documents

When you reach the export point, you will also be required to submit the following documents to verify the import of your vehicle:

  • Bill of Sale
  • Title
  • Transport Canada Vehicle Form
  • Form B3 (commercial) or Form B15 (personal)

Step 7: Pay your RIV registration fee and Pass inspection

Finally, you will need to pay the registration fees and register your vehicle in the US. Th fee, at least for now, is $195 plus the Goods and Services and Quebec/Provincial Services Tax.

Now you simply need to pass inspection and your car is legal to drive.