You Asked | Import Vehicles Into Canada

You Asked | Import Vehicles Into Canada


How old does the vehicle have to be before we can import into Canada? For example, one (1) or two (2) years?


There are no requirements on the year of vehicles being imported into Canada from the United States. Before purchasing and importing a vehicle, find out about the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program, vehicle admissibility, RIV exemptions, recall clearance documentation, vehicle modification requirements and vehicle branding history.

However, vehicles imported from countries other than the United States are required to be more than 15 years old on the date of importation. These vehicles are not required to meet the admissibility of the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program.

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Taryn Hannah

Taryn Hannah has been in the trade industry since 2005. She began her career with PCB in release operations, working with all modes and all release types. In 2010 Taryn moved to the Trade Compliance Group where after a year she became the Supervisor for regulatory compliance in Canada. With the experience she gained working in many areas of import service, Taryn is the perfect fit as our Canadian Operations Manager.

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.