Not all vehicles that are manufactured for sale in the United States can be imported into Canada. As a general rule, if the vehicle you plan to import was manufactured for sale in the United States and is less than 15 years old, or is a bus manufactured on or after January 1, 1971, you need to find out if it qualifies for importation under Transport Canada's Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program. The RIV program ensures that qualifying vehicles imported into Canada are modified, inspected and certified to meet Canadian safety standards. You can contact the RIV at the telephone number or address found in the section called "Additional information."
If your vehicle qualifies for importation, you must register it in the RIV program when you report to the CBSA office on arrival in Canada. The RIV program registration fee is $195 plus goods and services tax (GST), and the Quebec sales tax (QST) for vehicles entering through a port in Quebec, or the harmonized sales tax (HST) in those provinces that are participating on the HST assessment. You will also have to pay any customs duty and other import assessments, including taxes that may apply. You then have 45 days to have the necessary changes made to your vehicle and have it inspected. You are responsible for all costs incurred to modify your vehicle in order for it to meet Transport Canada requirements You cannot license your vehicle in Canada until the vehicle is modified and passes the federal inspection from the RIV. Before importing your vehicle, call the RIV at the number listed in the section called "Additional information" to ensure that it qualifies under the RIV program.
NotesIf you are importing a vehicle for resale or for other commercial purposes, Transport Canada requires you to report to a CBSA office designated for that purpose when you arrive in Canada. For further details, call the RIV. The original certificate of title for your vehicle must be submitted to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at least 72 hours before the vehicle is exported from the United States, and the vehicle must be presented to CBP at the time of exportation. A recall clearance letter for your vehicle must be submitted directly to the RIV at the time of importation or immediately afterwards, otherwise, the RIV will be unable to release the inspection form that you need to complete the necessary modification(s) to your vehicle. For further details, please refer to the RIV's Web site at www.riv.ca.
You can import a vehicle from the United States without registering it in the RIV programif the following applies:The vehicle is fifteen years old or older (excludes buses). You determine the age of a vehicle by the month and year it was manufactured. Do not use the model year. You may find the age on the manufacturer's compliance label located in the doorframe area of the vehicle. If no compliance label is attached, you should contact the manufacturer to find out the exact date that the vehicle was manufactured and obtain a letter from the manufacturer as proof of age of the vehicle. The vehicle is a bus manufactured before January 1, 1971.
The vehicle was originally manufactured and certified to meet Canadian safety standards. These vehicles are imported by importers authorized by Transport Canada or by former residents of Canada who are bringing back the same vehicle they exported. The vehicle is entering Canada temporarily for a specific purpose. The allowable types of temporary imports are:
("RIV Exemptions",© 2009 Registrar of Imported Vehicles,http://www.riv.ca/RIVExemptions.aspx)
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After payment and the recall clearance documentation have been received by the Registrar of Imported Vehicles an Inspection Form will be mailed which details what must be done to bring your vehicle into compliance. It is your responsibility to complete the necessary modifications within 45 days. You may have the modifications done by the mechanic or garage of your choice. However, we recommend that you contact the Original Equipment Manufacturer to discuss appropriate parts or warranty issues. Make sure you keep receipts for parts and labor, to present at the inspection, along with Form 1, Form 2 and the recall clearance letter.
The RIV has contracted with Canadian Tire, with 470 locations across Canada, to perform our federal inspections. In many cases, Canadian Tire can perform certain modification work, as well as performing the provincial inspection. When you pass the inspection, the inspection centre will stamp your Form 1, that you will have to present to the provincial or territorial licensing authority, which may require additional testing. Within approximately one week of passing the federal inspection, we will send you a new Canadian Certification label with instructions on where to affix it to your vehicle.
If the vehicle fails the inspection, you'll have to pay additional charges for another inspection. If the vehicle cannot pass the inspection within the 45 days, it will have to be exported back to the United States. If you are having trouble meeting the 45-day deadline or other questions, we may be able to help. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-888-848-8240.
Current fees for registering a U.S. imported vehicle in the RIV program are: •Vehicles entering the RIV program with a Vehicle Import Form - Form 1$195.00 + GST and QST for vehicles entering through a border crossing in Quebec$195.00 + GST/HST for vehicles entering through a border crossing in any other province•Vehicles entering the RIV program with a Vehicle Imported for Parts Form - Form 3 (parts-only vehicles)$70.00 + GST and QST for vehicles entering through a border crossing in Quebec$70.00 + GST/HST for vehicles entering through a border crossing in any other provincePlease note that fees are subject to change.Unpaid registration feesIf a registration fee remains unpaid for 14 days after import, RIV will mail the importer a reminder notice. If full payment has not been received within 45 days (or 1 year for salvage vehicles) after the date of import, Transport Canada and the licensing jurisdictions will be notified of the non-compliance of the vehicle.The methods of payment have not changed. There are still 4 ways to pay:1.On-line payment (Visa or Master Card) 2.Cheque or Money Order to be mailed along with your form to:REGISTRAR OF IMPORTED VEHICLES405 THE WEST MALLTORONTO ON M9C 5K7(Please note that personal cheques are placed on a 10 day bank hold) 3.Debit Card for importers that visit the RIV office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (EST) 4.Cash for importers that visit the RIV office between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (EST)
("RIV Exemptions",© 2009 Registrar of Imported Vehicles,http://www.riv.ca/PaymentAndFees.aspx)Numbers you'll needRegistrar of Imported Vehicles1-888-848-8240Fax: (416) email@example.comHours of serviceMon. to Fri.: 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight (EST)Sat. and Sun.: 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST)Canada Border Services AgencyIn Canada: 1-800-461-9999 (English) ; 1-800-959-2036 (French)Outside Canada: (506) 636-5064 (English) ; (506) 636-5067 (French)www.cbsa-asfc.gc.caTransport CanadaIn Canada: 1-800-333-0371Outside Canada: (613) 998-8616Fax: (613) 998-4831 www.tc.gc.ca
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