Import Cars from Overseas to Canada

Vehicles from overseas that are under 15 years of age are not admissible to Canada, except for two cases. The first case is when the vehicle is returning to Canada from overseas with the original owner, and the second is when the vehicle is Canadian-owned and being sold to a new owner in Canada, Both cases require a pre-authorization letter from Transport Canada. Vehicles over the age of 15 years of age are admissible to Canada (The age is determined by the month and year it was manufactured).   

Steps to Import an Overseas Vehicle:

  1. Choose Your Vehicle
  2. Contact BorderBuddy
  3. Collect all necessary documents required for imports.
    1. Original Registration This document proves the ownership, It contains details about the vehicle, including its make, model, year of manufacture, and other specifications.
    2. Export Certificate (For vehicles from Japan)
    3. Bill of sale / Proforma Invoice
    4. Bill of Lading provided by shipping company 
  4. Customs and Port Clearance
    Once your vehicle arrives in Canada you will receive an Arrival Notice from your shipping company. Submit the Arrival Notice to BorderBuddy to facilitate the release of your vehicle.
  5. Receive the Release Notice from BorderBuddy and schedule pick up.
  6. Register and insure your vehicle.

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Jay Mohl, Sales & Marketing, Parksville Boathouse Parksville B.C.

Amanda Burr at BorderBuddy made our shipment seamless and her customer service was outstanding. Without question, we will work with Amanda and BorderBuddy again in the future. Thanks Amanda!

Don Mariutto

“I used BorderBuddy when were in a jam with a small tile shipment to Canada — just called them randomly after a Google search. Blair handled our case, and was in constant communication with updates, and got our shipment released within 24 hours, even though we were starting the process from scratch. Based on this experience, I can’t recommend Blair and the BorderBuddy team highly enough. Even though this was just a small shipment, they handled it like it was the most important on their agenda. We will definitely work with them again in the future – hopefully though, not on an emergency basis! THANK YOU!!”

Nathan Bird

company is always so very helpful in getting things across the border without any headaches. Tara was our agent this time around and she was prompt in answering any questions, super polite over the phone and coordinated everything for us. Highly recommend using their services.