The How To's: Importing A Vehicle Into Canada

There are many steps to follow when importing a vehicle into Canada. For assistance with importing a vehicle, please see our previous blog post on Purchasing a Vehicle in the USA or contact Pacific Customs Brokers at 888.538.1566; we are open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week!

What happens after you have cleared Canada Customs? There are a few more steps before you are ready to hit the road.

The importer must pay a fee of $325.00 directly to Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) online and forward them a copy of the Transport Canada Form 1 obtained at the border. In turn, you will be issued a Form 2. If using a customs broker, the Form 1 may be submitted electronically and you will receive an email directly from RIV in place of the paper form.

The Form 2, along with the vehicle, must now be taken to an approved inspection facility within 45 days of import. Once inspected, your Form 2 will be stamped and the vehicle will be ready for registration.

Take your stamped form 2, original bills of sale, original title and Customs clearance to get your vehicle insured, pay your HST/PST, and drive away!

Your how to guide on vehicle imports into Canada
9 Steps To Importing A Vehicle Into Canada From The U.S.
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Cherie Storms
CCS (CA & US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Cherie Storms is the Canadian Operations Manager with PCB Customs Brokers, with over 18 years in international trade operations and regulatory experience. Since joining the company in 2007, she has become an Executive Board Member for the Canadian Customs Brokers Society, BC Region, and spoke at the Women in Transportation Annual General Meeting in 2010 regarding her experience running international logistics for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Cherie is a member of CSCB's National Commercial Operations and eManifest Committee and sits on the Canadian Society of Customs Brokers' Board of Directors. In 2020, Cherie received the Emerging Leader award in the annual Surrey Board of Trade, Surrey Women in Business Awards. In her off time, Cherie is a motorsports driver for the Shift Up Now racing team, SCCA and CACC Women on Track Leader, racing tracks in Daytona and Indianapolis. With multiple championships, Cherie is a leader in the Jr Ambassador Program, encouraging young girls to excel in motorsports. Cherie has spoken at many seminars on the importance of trade compliance. She is currently enrolled in the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Business Management Program to become an international trade lawyer.

While we strive for accuracy in all our communications, as the Importer of Record it is incumbent upon your company to ensure that you are aware of the requirements under the new regulations so that you maintain compliance as always.