The Three Stages Involved When Importing Your Car from the US to Canada

When you move from the US to the Canadian city of Montreal, you will encounter both great excitement as well as great stress.  Obviously, the idea of moving to another country is a novel one, but the physical act of moving to another country is another thing altogether.  

For one, bringing your car across the border bears far more complication than driving from American state to another.  Indeed, you need to learn how to deal with Clearit car importing to Canada.


As you start to plan your move from the US to Canada, you should apply for a business number with the Canada Revenue Agency. This is, essentially, the Canadian version of American’s Internal Revenue Service.  The business number registration is free and the process does not take very long; just call the CRA business office directly or conduct your registration online.  

In addition, you should investigate the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles program.  This will provide you with updated information on admissibility, restrictions, and exemptions.  

As you prepare to import your car, make sure you prepare or assemble:

  • Recall clearance documentation
  • Documentation on any vehicle modifications for inspection
  • Your vehicle’s branding history
  • Any RIV exemption forms
  • Environment Canada requirement documentation


After verifying that your vehicle does, in fact, meet requirements (or has the proper exemptions), you can start the actual import process.  Make sure that you provide the Canadian Border Service Agency at least 72 hours notice (for a self-propelled vehicle; 3 days for hauling a vehicle).  It is also a good idea to ensure you pass US Customs Export requirements as well.You can find Honda CR-V for Sale and Used Cars Oldham at autovillage

You also need to make sure that you are prepared to pay the appropriate duties, taxes, and fees when you cross the border.  Once all the forms are accepted and your payments are processed, only then can you legally bring your vehicle from the US into Canada.


In some cases, you may be able to bring your vehicle even if it does not pass inspection, because you will simply need to get a modification.  Make sure you follow up on that.  At the same time it is a good idea to ensure that you have also paid your RIV registration fee once you have confirmed that your vehicle will, in fact, clear the recall list.