Importing a Vehicle from Countries Other Than the United States and Mexico

According to Transport Canada, in the following circumstances, people may import a vehicle from a country other than the United States or Mexico:

  • The vehicle is 15 years old or older, based on the month and year of its manufacture, belongs to a regulated class of vehicle under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (the Act), and is not a bus.
  • The vehicle is a bus manufactured before January 1, 1971.
  • The vehicle is non-regulated at importation, meaning it does not belong to a class of vehicle regulated under the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations.
  • The vehicle meets all Canadian standards and was purchased new abroad from a manufacturer. The importer should pre-authorize the vehicle’s importation with Transport Canada.
  • The vehicle is a returning Canadian-specification vehicle—originally owned in Canada, and it still complies with Canadian standards. If the importer is not the same owner prior to the vehicle leaving Canada, he must request pre-authorization from Transport Canada for the vehicle’s entry.
  • The vehicle meets U.S. safety standards and was bought new at retail in the U.S. prior to being shipped abroad. The vehicle also needs to qualify for import via the Registrar of Imported Vehicles.
  • The vehicle is a returning U.S.-specification used vehicle – originally purchased at retail in the U.S. – and it still complies with U.S. standards. The vehicle also needs to qualify for import via the Registrar of Imported Vehicles.

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