What to do before you import

  1. Make sure your vehicle is admissible and can be modified to meet Canadian requirements by checking Transport Canada's List of Vehicles Admissible from the United States. This program covers passenger cars, trucks, vans, jeeps, chassis cabs, trailers, motorcycles and snowmobiles less than 15 years old; off-road vehicles manufactured after May 1, 1988 and buses manufactured after January 1, 1971.
  2. Check the list on this web site for typical modification requirements, or you can call us at 1-888-848-8240.
  3. Contact the original equipment manufacturer or authorized dealer of your vehicle to obtain a recall clearance letter. You must have this document in order to pass the federal inspection.
  4. Obtain information from the manufacturer or authorized dealer on costs and availability of parts for the required modifications. Some manufacturers require an authorized dealer perform the modifications. Remember that the costs of the modifications are your responsibility.
  5. Determine additional costs, such as duty and taxes. Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, responsible for assessing and collecting duties and taxes, can be reached at 1-800-461-9999 (in Canada) or (506) 636-5064 (outside Canada).
  6. Make sure you have the required documentation: title documents, registration, sales receipts, statement of compliance label and manufacturer's recall clearance letter.
  7. Find out about any additional provincial or territorial requirements, such as safety inspections and emissions tests.
  8. Arrange for insurance on your vehicle.
  9. Present your vehicle alng with original title document to U.S. Customs prior to entering Canada. Visit the U.S. Customs website to obtain detailed information and contact information on U.S. ports.
  10. If you are importing a trailer, you may call RIV to have your Vehicle Identification Number verified ahead of time.




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