Argo Customs – Our Import Duty and Tax Calculator Makes Your Life Easy

At Argo Customs, we understand that calculating and understanding taxes and tariffs can be a complicated, and time consuming process. An import duty or tariff is a tax applied by the government determined by the value of imported products, including their freight and insurance amounts. With fuel-efficient vehicles, the excise tax is based on weighted average fuel consumption that has been determined by information published by Natural Resources Canada. With the help of our convenient import duty and tax calculator, you can make this a simple and time efficient process.

Vehicles with an average fuel consumption rating of 13 or more liters per 100 kilometers will be charged an excise tax. Our import duty and tax calculator helps you know exactly how much tax will be applied to your vehicle. To understand the formula used to determine the tax amount a vehicle’s fuel-efficiency rating is based on (.55A + .45B); the equation uses:

* A as the city fuel use rating for vehicles of the same model with identical attributes as the vehicle.
* B as the highway fuel use rating for vehicle of the same model with identical attributes as the vehicle.

When you begin your plans to import a vehicle from the United States, there are a few steps to follow:

1.  Before you begin the purchase process, check our calculator duty to find out what your import duty is going to be.  You should also check with the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program in regards to which vehicle are admissible:

* What the RIV exemptions are.

Tips regarding admissibility:

– Vehicles that have been titled in the United States are permitted, also if there is a Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin or Certificate of Origin which is a U.S. export worksheet.

* Make certain it passes all recall clearances and if any were completed they can be documented.
* What, if any, vehicle modifications are required.
* A vehicle branding history is available for the automobile.
* Make sure the vehicle will pass the Environment Canada requirements.

2. Ensure sure you are educated on what your obligations are for reporting to U.S. Customs, Canada Border Services Agency and registration into the RIV program. This will include having all required documents for both the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Canada Border Services Agency. These are the required documents you need to have:

* Bill of Sale
* Clearance letter if recall procedure were conducted (U.S. only)
* Original Title, Manufacturer’s Statement of Origin or the front and back of the Certificate of Origin.
* NAFTA, which applies to commercial and personal U.S. imports
* Copies of the Export Certificate and Invoices in either English or French,. This applies if export location is other than the U.S.

3. Your new vehicle is required to meet Canadian Food Inspection Agency requirements. These inspection procedures include fees and are necessary to prevent entry of injurious plant pests into Canada. Vehicles subject to this inspection are:

* Used passenger and recreational vehicles
* Used earth moving equipment and vehicles.
* Used agricultural equipment and vehicles.
* Equipment that had been used for military purposes.

4. Once you have your vehicle imported, complete vehicle modifications, RIV inspection and contact your provincial licensing jurisdictions to find out how you go about licensing your new vehicle.

Understanding these rules and regulations is very important, and with the help of our import duty and tax calculator, it will make it easy for you to determine exactly how will need to pay. For more information about Argo Customs lease visit