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Here at Fidelity Auto Shipping, we have streamlined the process and integrated everything into an all in one service to make everything simple. We make the import/export process as easy as possible.
Auto shipping to and from Canada is a bit more complex than it seems. It's not as simple as crossing into another state or province. While the US and Canada are on very good terms and are part of NAFTA, there are still issues to deal with when importing a car into Canada and the USA. Canada has its own set of car regulations. Basically vehicles that are street legal in the US will generally be eligible for import in Canada. But, there are a few select vehicles that will be ineligible. For more information you can consult the RIV.ca.
In addition, there are customs issues to deal with; Border agents at customs will require a copy of the the proper documents to be sent to the border crossing in advance. Canadian authorities will also want to make sure that any recall issues have been addressed for importation. You will also need someone to make arrangements to handle your importation by filing and paying the appropriate fees correctly. Not just any company is equipped to handle this, so choosing a veteran shipper is vital.
Keep on reading more below or fill out our car shipping quote to get information on what is required to service your shipment.
1.) Canadian vehicle that will be in the United States (US) 12 months or less.
For example snowbirds, less than 1 year work visa, or students. These vehicles cannot be titled, sold or traded in the US. They must return to Canada to change ownership.
2.) US title vehicle returning to the US. (must provide copy of US title and/or registration). The proper itinerary and supporting documents must be filed along with the entry.
Import Requirements: To import a vehicle into the US, it must be compliant to USDOT (US Department of Transportation) and EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards. However, there are some exceptions based on a vehicle's age.
Regardless of the year of the vehicle, USDOT Forms and EPA Forms must be completed and filed upon entry along with the applicable entry paperwork and forms required for a commercial entry and by a commercial carrier when crossing the border.
They are also known as Informal entries. There are two examples of why an informal entry would be required.
One would be where the goods imported into Canada are of Canadian origin. By which this would be considered returning Canadian goods.
Two would be for vehicles where the owner is in Canada on a temporary basis. Students, Work Visas, or Vacation. Time limits vary from 12 - 36 months. Unfortunately, Canada does not have a customs provision for temporary entry into Canada similar to that of the USA. In order to keep a US (or other foreign nation) registered vehicle in Canada for an extended period of time, the owner, or the owner's agent must be present at the border to file the entry.
Under temporary import vehicles cannot be sold or traded in Canada. They must return to US to change ownership and go through a formal import process. However returning Canadian goods can be sold, traded, or gifted.
Permanent entry is required for all vehicles that will be staying in Canada permanently. Depending on who is importing the vehicle, a formal clearance may be required before the vehicle can cross the border.
We can also arrange delivery to a bonded warehouse for self-clearance as well. But we typically do not recommend this route as in-bond warehouses charge exorbitant fees for storing your goods.
Payment of GST/Duty is required along with an RIV fee on vehicle 15 years old and newer. Depending on the importers residential status exemptions may apply which will greatly reduce the amount of GST/Duty paid.
We ship most of our clients vehicles in and between most major cities. We pick up on trends and price accordingly to offer the most competitive shipping rates out there. We tend to see a lot of movement in and out of Vancouver, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, and Halifax for vehicle shipping. Of course though, we offer services outside of the major locations too. We even offer car shipping services for Snowbirds that originate from Canada and are looking to come to the US for some sun. We also arrange informal entries for a low cost as well if you need help completing paperwork.
We do mostly door to door shipping, but we offer Auto Terminal Shipping as well for convenience for anyone who can wait or needs to leave out of town and prefers to drop their vehicle off instead of waiting for the carrier to come by for pick up. Our door to door service is where we have a local carrier come and pick up your vehicle and take it to our facilities for our freighters to then pick up and take to the closest terminal location to your destination. It is then loaded again onto a local carrier and brought to your door for delivery.
Our prices are all inclusive, and by that we mean 1 price, no extras, no hidden surprises. Nothing. That's right, our prices include fuel, tolls, taxes, mileage, insurance, and door to door direct shipping. What's more, we'll match a competitor's rate so long as it's in writing and matches our level of service.
The cost to ship your vehicle depends on many different factors. Things such as fuel costs, supply and demand, seasonal changes and of course the size of your vehicle. You may be surprised through, the costs to ship your car, truck, or SUV may actually save you money vs. driving it across country. Getting an auto transport quote is really easy. Call us or fill out our online quote form.
It really all depends on what's going on. Some people may leave a suitcase or two in the trunk, and that's fine most of the time. But there is a fine line between shipping one or two suitcases, and an apartment. We encourage you to call us directly for more information about shipping your vehicle, the process, procedures, and rules to follow.