Canada Customs

Canada Customs (3)

Thursday, 21 November 2013 05:18

Canadian vehicle returning

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Returning Canadian vehicle(s) can be brought into Canada two different manners on a commercial carrier. 


The following types of entries must go IN-BOND to bonded warehouse to be self-cleared:

    • Any personal items in a Canadian vehicle returning to Canada
    • Any Canadian going back to Canada temporary with US vehicle
    • Canadian moving back to Canada with US vehicle to qualify for $10,000 value exemption
    • Any person going in under WORK-VISA
    • Immigrant moving to Canada to qualify for GST/Duty exemption

Formal Entry

This is for a vehicle that can be cleared at the border and delivered to a Canadian address. No personal items can be in the vehicle.

Thursday, 21 November 2013 05:09

Permanent Entry

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Permanent entry is required for all vehicles permanently entering Canada. Depending on who is importing the vehicle, formal clearance may be required before the vehicle can cross the border or Fidelity Auto Shipping can arrange delivery to a bonded warehouse for self-clearance. Payment of GST/Duty is required along with RIV on vehicle 15 years old and newer. Depending on the nature of the move, exemptions may apply which will reduce the amount of GST/Duty paid.

For more information, you can go to Canada's RIV (Registrar of Imported Vehicles) website:

Thursday, 21 November 2013 05:02

Temporary Import

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Temporary Imports (Informal entries) are for vehicles where the owner is there on a temporary basis. E.g. Seasonal Resident (12 months or less), Work visa (36 months or less), Students. There are rules pertaining to selling a vehicle that has been temporarily imported. Vehicles cannot be sold or traded in Canada. They must return to US to change ownership or go through a formal Import process and re-enter Canada. Fidelity Auto Shipping can also help you with this process. Fees will apply. Temporary Imported vehicles can be temporarily registered in Canada so insurance can be acquired within the province it resides in.

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