What To Expect When Importing Your Stuff To Canada

Moving from one state to another, in America, is very easy. You can just pack up your things in a car or truck and drive a few hours and no one is the wiser.  Moving from the United States to Canada, on the other hand, is a bit more complicated.  Sure, these two countries are very friendly so they try to keep the process as amicable as possible, but you still have to jump through some regulatory hoops.


Yes, moving from the US to Canada is a little more complicated than moving from, say, Wyoming to Montana, but that does not mean the process has to be overtly difficult.  Essentially, you should start to plan your move by fetching all of the paperwork you are going to need at the time of border crossing.

Now, many of the things you will probably bring you across the US-Canada border will be of little consequence.  Moving big things like your car, however, will definitely result in some paperwork and paying a few tariffs.  Yes, there is much more to it than just learning new driving laws and cultural regulations.


To help you make this process easier, you should consider hiring a Clearit customs brokerage agent or firm.  These companies can simplify the process, assisting with things like:

  • Preparing your vehicle for customs release
  • Submitting your automotive export control form
  • Paying various related Canadian customs taxes (tariffs) and duties, etc
  • Efficiently coordinating all of your border crossing activities
  • Completing various related customs accounting documentation
  • Providing you with an agent to expedite the process at the time you cross the border
  • Filing out and filing of your Individual Tax Number (should you need it)


This might seem like quite a lot of things to manage but it really is not that difficult or complicated. Sure, it is a lot of paperwork and can take some time to accomplish, but the list is easy to track and the process should move smoothly if you simply follow the appropriate instructions.  Besides, when you just follow the steps, the process will pretty much guarantee:

  • You already pay appropriate fees and tariffs that would be associated with vehicle operation and modification in Canada
  • Proper inspection, modification, and certification of your vehicle to meet all standards and regulations in Canada