What Are Customs Requirements and Regulations About Exporting a Car From Canada?


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To export a vehicle from Canada to the United States, the Vehicle Identification Number must be reported to customs, reports the Canada Border Services Agency. If the vehicle's destination is somewhere other than the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, then an export declaration must also be submitted.

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The Vehicle Identification Number and, if applicable, the export declaration should be submitted to the export reporting office that is nearest to the location where the vehicle will be exported from Canada, according to the Canada Border Services Agency. No export declaration needs to be prepared for any goods that are exported to the United States, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands, since the Canadian government obtains export information directly from U.S. import data, under an agreement between the two countries.

For a vehicle exported from Canada to be allowed into the United States, applicable vehicle emission standards and road safety standards must be met, notes the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The specific regulations of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Transportation must be followed. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture requires the undercarriage of any imported car be free of foreign soil to prevent the importation of dangerous pests.

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