Vehicle Imports Remain The Same

We have received a lot questions regarding Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and how it affects the importation of vehicles into Canada. The answer is; the procedure for paying taxes remains the same.

Goods and Service Tax (GST) is paid at the time of import and Provincial Sales Tax (PST) is paid at the time of registration to the the licensing office.

So if you reside in a province that has recently implemented HST and the licensing office tells you that they want to collect HST, tell them you've already paid the GST and they are to only collect the PST!

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Gloria Terhaar
CCS (CA/US), CTCS, CBSA Prof. Designate

Gloria Terhaar has over 17 years of Canadian customs brokerage experience. She currently works in our Canadian division as a Trade Compliance Supervisor and Regulatory Compliance Specialist. Gloria has extensive experience in all aspects of documentation and regulatory requirements as they relate to importing products into Canada. Gloria is often called upon to train industry with some recent talks for MNP, the Surrey Board of Trade, TFO Canada and the BC Produce Marketing Association. In 2018, Gloria also participated in the Canadian Produce Marketing Association and the Canadian Horticultural Council advocacy event "Fall Harvest" in Ottawa where she participated in advocacy efforts for the Canadian produce industry.

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.