Importing a Motor Vehicle into Canada


If you plan to import a vehicle into Canada, you should be aware that it has to comply with all Canadian import laws. You may prepare your own import documents and transact directly with the CBSA or you may authorize an agent to act on your behalf. You should gather all pertinent information on the vehicle which will help you determine if it is admissible into Canada. Determine whether the vehicle you intend to import is admissible under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act or is subject to any restrictions or regulations by the CBSA or other government departments. Check directly with the CBSA or the Registrar of Imported Vehicles if you are unsure. Be aware that not all vehicles manufactured for sale in the U.S. can be imported into Canada. Your imported vehicle may be subject to applicable customs duty, the goods and services tax, and other taxes imposed under the Excise Tax Act. There are also costs associated with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles program and your vehicle may be subject to Provincial or Territorial taxes when you register the vehicle. A Statement of Origin or Certificate of Title must be provided to the CBSA at the time of importation along with the bill of sale. After your goods are released ensure that any required modifications and inspections are performed on your vehicle within 45 days as required by the Registrar of Imported Vehicles program. For further assistance on importing a vehicle into Canada, you may call the Border Information Service at 1-800-461-9999. For complete information, please consult our guide on importing a vehicle into Canada.