ARGO Customs brokers are using a streamline SWI to process vehicles
via Single Window Initiative (SWI) Integrated Import Declaration (IID) (service option (SO) 911 which allows us to submit all information electronically 9no RIV Form 1 is needed to be presented on paper at the border).
Importing Motor Vehicles
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) assists Transport Canada with the administration of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act and the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations by administering and enforcing the conditions under which new and used vehicles may be imported at CBSA points of entry. The Motor Vehicle Safety Act regulates the importation of vehicles to reduce the risk of death, injury, and damage to property and the environment.
To be eligible for importation into Canada, vehicles must qualify for entry under one of the following two principals:
1. vehicles that are required to be registered in the RIV Program, which only applies to US specification vehicles purchased or originally sold in the US at the retail level;
2. vehicles that are not required to be registered in the RIV Program, which applies to all other vehicle entries including CMVSS vehicles, age-exempt vehicles, non-regulated vehicles and vehicles imported temporarily.
Under the Single Window Initiative, release requests will be submitted utilizing a new Integrated Import Declaration (IID) that allows ARGO Customs brokers to submit and obtain electronic release for goods also regulated by participating department and agencies.
For most commercial importations of vehicles, the completion of a Vehicle Importation Form – Form 1 and Vehicles Imported for Parts – Form 3 can be processed via the IID.
Vehicles imported under the case-by-case process will no longer be required to present a case-by-case letter for both Canadian and US specification vehicles. However, importers will need to continue to apply to Transport Canada 4 to 6 weeks in advance to obtain approval and to receive a case-by-case authorization number that can be used in the IID process.
ARGO Customs – Importing Goods and Vehicles into Canada
ARGO Customs Brokers now submit required data electronically, including the Statement of Compliance. In addition, required images (e.g., licence(s), permit(s), and certificate(s) and other(s) can be electronically submitted through the use of the new Document Image Functionality.