Importing A Car Into The U.S. From Canada?

Importing A Car Into The U.S. From Canada?

Is Your Car Admissible?

Importing a car into the U.S. from Canada, you first need to determine if the car is admissible into the United States. Canada allows for vehicles that are 15 years or older to be imported from overseas, so the model you are looking at may not be made for the North American market.

The car you are looking at may be admissible into the U.S. if the car conforms to the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. The labels should be located on the engine or inside the driver's door frame. Your best practice is confirm this with the seller.

If the car does not conform to the DOT and EPA standards, you will need to contact a Registered Importer (RI) to assist with the import of this vehicle. A RI will do the necessary modifications to the vehicle to get it to conforming status. You might want to verify the cost of working with an Register Importer prior to finalizing the purchase.

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For more information or should you require assistance in importing a vehicle, please contact Pacific Customs Brokers.

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Maria Mate

Maria Mate’s career dates back to 1997 with PCB. As an Enterprise Accounts Supervisor, she is responsible for establishing, nurturing, and expanding our valuable relationships with high-volume clients, ensuring that the services provided correlate with equal standards. A graduate of Douglas College Business Management program, Maria focuses on building solid foundations for our client's long-term success. While doing so, she furthered her development by becoming a Certified Customs Specialist and setting a record for the highest grade in the 2002 CSCB Customs Qualification Course Year 1 module (now known as the Certified Customs Specialist exam). Today Maria provides a smoother transition for clients seeking to change trade providers and businesses wanting to fill the gaps in their supply chains. Her 17 years of experience in client service roles have equipped her with the skills and knowledge needed to maintain credible relationships by handling issues of concern with professionalism and understanding. Maria Mate is a vital link between clients and our internal departments, being adept at supervising multiple departments to ensure accounts run efficiently and effectively.

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.
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