WestenddubsParticipantJune 9, 2018 at 6:46 pmPost count: 13
hello fellow canucks,
need some help please.
looking to assist a US buyer, transporting a vehicle stateside.
If it matters, previously titled in state of California. where do we start? what are the costs? any transport recommendations?
Vehicle is located in Ontario.
Thank you in advance.PeteParticipantJune 9, 2018 at 7:22 pmPost count: 761
I’ll start by saying my experience wasn’t smooth, especially not for Josh/Jarod/Johnny (sellers and transporters of my car to the US). I used a customs broker and they never delivered the completed paperwork/duty receipts to crossing gate, so Johnny had to re-file some paperwork and re-pay the duties I had prepaid on the spot with the car in the trailer. I was incredibly lucky that the Triple J’s got it done at the border; had I been using an unknown hired transport I doubt they would have taken that step.
In theory it should have been smooth, and 99% of the time it probably is. I was advised to use a customs broker that had an office at whatever border crossing you’re using, the theory being their staff works with and transfers paperwork to those officials regularly. They provided the necessary forms to fill out for the Canadian and US sides, and calculated and collected the fees. I think the fee for their service was $300+ (which was refunded in my case). Since these are older cars exempt from EPA emissions and DOT standards the paperwork is minimal.VienteunovistasParticipantJune 9, 2018 at 8:55 pmPost count: 25
Fly up and drive that beast across the border….. as long as car is 25years old it’s a simple duty…… and proof of ownership. Super easy….. the import companies are a joke and third party dickweeds… I e only heard horror stories..WestenddubsParticipantJune 10, 2018 at 3:21 pmPost count: 13
Thank you for the replies.
Pete, to better understand. Your seller’s JJJ, as Canucks were they able to import into the US on your behalf? What forms are involved?
what customs broker did you use?PeteParticipantJune 10, 2018 at 5:36 pmPost count: 761
I “used” Pacific Customs Brokers. Their fee was $275, which as mentioned was refunded. Forms were a Power of Attorney for them to act as my agent, a Homeland Security form, an EPA form, and a Dept of Transportaion form. I don’t think I filled out anything to pay the duty; they may have calculated the fees due off of the Bill of Sale.MembadatParticipantJune 11, 2018 at 9:20 amPost count: 42
Is this car located in Caledon, Ont? Sellers name Steve?JbParticipantJune 11, 2018 at 10:25 amPost count: 513
Haha ya that was an asshole clencher moment at the boarder pete haha!
it is sooooo much easier if the new owner of the car is the one actually there in person “importing” the car.WestenddubsParticipantJune 11, 2018 at 10:33 amPost count: 13WestenddubsParticipantJune 11, 2018 at 10:40 amPost count: 13
I “used” Pacific Customs Brokers. Their fee was $275, which as mentioned was refunded. Forms were a Power of Attorney for them to act as my agent, a Homeland Security form, an EPA form, and a Dept of Transportaion form. I don’t think I filled out anything to pay the duty; they may have calculated the fees due off of the Bill of Sale.
Thanks again Jeff and all for the feedback. As JB said its an ass clencher. I want to avoid if possible.
I called 2 different Ports at Niagara Falls US. Both have different answers.
Lewiston crossing tells me i need a broker.
Peace Bridge crossing tells me just bring it across. I need bill of sale, Title, and a photo copy of Buyers passport. Fuck it, might as well give the Peace bridge option a try as im approx an 1hr away.
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