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Old 07-15-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Help! Anyone Import an RV into Canada Recently?

Hi, I hope it is ok to post here. We live in Ontario and are considering buying an 2011 Tiffin A. Bus from the USA. One of the local dealers here said there would be a NAFTA tax of 6.5% on top of the regular HST we would have to pay. I had never heard of that (and was wondering if they were just trying to scare us away from buying in the US so we would be something from them . . . buy we want a Tiffin). Anyway I tried looking at Registrar of Imported Vehicles but that was one link after another and another and several hours later I still am not sure what to do.
We really want that rig . . . so would love help or guidance towards someone who takes care of paperwork etc for a fee.

Thanks in advance (and sorry if this isn't the best forum to ask this).

Susan & John
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The dealer is providing you bad information. Follow the directions on the web site you noted and all is smooth.

Your vehicle must be on the approved list and HST is paid.

What on earth is a NAFTA tax?

If any product is made in the US, or Canada, there is no Import tax either way. This is what the agreement is all about.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:22 PM   #3
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The dealer said that the NAFTA only applied to new RVs but that used RVs coming into Canada from the US will have to pay this 6.5% tax. Again that is why I am checking and double checking.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:43 PM   #4
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Stay clear of that dealer. The RIV web site spells it all out.
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:50 PM   #5
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You want to make Importation easy? Get a Customs Broker to handle it. Seamless! They will answer all your questions. Paperwork all correct and waiting for you at the Border. I've used one twice and will continue. For a few hundred bucks, it's worth it.
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Where would you find such a broker? Will any import broker do or are there those that specialize in RV imports?

Thanks for the input everyone, I am new to this forum, have just been reading and reading since I joined and I told my husband tonight I am blown away by a)how much good information is here and b) how helpful everyone is!
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Where would you find such a broker? Will any import broker do or are there those that specialize in RV imports?

Thanks for the input everyone, I am new to this forum, have just been reading and reading since I joined and I told my husband tonight I am blown away by a)how much good information is here and b) how helpful everyone is!
I did a search based on your profile info. Here is what came up for a Customs Broker in your area.

Here is a link to their website. http://www.cole.ca/

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Livingston, who is under contract to run RIV is a broker.
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Thanks so much both of you.
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My parents purchased a new motorhome from Lazy Days in Florida. To avoid Florida state tax the dealer delivered the RV to Georgia. They took care of all the paperwork for importation to Ontario and sent it to the broker. It was an easy process. Parents paid the HST, took the coach to Canadian tire to have day time headlights installed and thats it. If the dealer is not willing to take care of the paperwork and send it to the broker then find one that will. Never heard of this nafta tax.
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Usually you must sent the "Titles" to the US borders 3 days before you cross them.
You should not pay local US taxes but you will pay all Ontario taxes like for a new car.
After the coach , before you obtain the license plate, will have to follow a local inspection to check for any physical problem.
Last but not least, I do believe that you need to pass a driving test for a unit with pneumatic brakes if you dont have it already. Taxes based on your Invoice
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Thanks so much both of you.
Glad to help.

Once in Canada, prior to the safety check (I got mine done at Canadian Tire as well) you will want to make an appointment with a qualified chassis repair shop to get Day Time Running Lights module installed. You won't pass your safety inspection without this being done.
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Well after all that research, speaking a broker and directly to Canada Customs, it looks like the dealer was either wrong or trying to get more money out of us. We ended up buying a 2013 rig here in Canada. Maybe next time I will take advantage of all my new found knowledge and we will get one in the US. Thanks again everyone.
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I'm happy we were able to help. Joining this group was a Godsend for me when I first got into RVing. The wealth of knowledge and experience from its members is invaluable to anyone from the novice through to the seasoned RVer.
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