Importing a bike from the States to Canada

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Duster929, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. jimbop

    jimbop Adventurer

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    I have brought two bikes across the Boarder (Pacific crossing) Once my export Docs were checked and once they were not. By sending the documents to the US side 72 hours in advance you are adding a secondary check as to whether or not there is a lean against the bike or perhaps it has been stolen.
  2. silverstone

    silverstone Been here awhile

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    Inmates,

    My be not the right place to ask ,but I have a buyer for a bike in Ireland. Does any body know what I have to do here on my side with registration and customs ?

    Thanks.
  3. Against the Wind

    Against the Wind I'm older now but still runnin'

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    A friend is importing a bike and I'm trying to help him out with this:

    He's sent a copy of the bill of sale and title to US Customs and has heard back that he can import it, it's clear.

    He's sent a copy of the recall letter to the RIV. The accepted it.

    Now when he crosses, he will fill out the RIV Form 1 at Canada Customs at the border. Once he pays his RIV fee there, does he have to wait for something to come in the mail from RIV before he can take it to CDN Tire and the to the MTO, or can he take the Form 1 to CDN Tire right away?
  4. revrandy

    revrandy The Riding Rev.

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    I just imported a bike about 3 weeks ago. I filled out the Form 1 at the border, they registered it with RIV. Later that day I paid the RIV fee and they made a Form 2 accessible to me via the website. Form 2 is what you take to Canadian Tire. They complete the inspection, then you take Form 1 and your MTO safety certification (plus insurance) to the MTO to have it plated.
  5. Elburrito

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    I've imported before and never gone through american customs importing into canada, from what I understand you only need to do this if you are a licensed importer.
  6. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Nope, you ALWAYS are supposed to do this so that the unit is properly exported from the U.S. If you DON'T export it properly, good luck trying to send it back to the U.S. one day if necessary.
  7. Elburrito

    Elburrito Donkey

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    It's not mandatory. Canada customs simply doesn't care.

    Yes, if you plan on bringing it back into the US then of course export it properly from the US. I know I'll never do that so I skip the process.
  8. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Correct - Canada customs might not check (but they might!). Why skip that simple, free step of stopping at US Customs on the way out? They ensure that your purchase is actually clear title (not stolen etc) and who knows now whether you or some subsequent owner might later want to sell back to an American? I recently sold a car back to the US - even though I originally planned to keep it forever.
  9. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    What have you guys done with the RIV sticker you get sent after the process is finished. I imported my bike over a year ago and have not put it on. Have you ever been asked by anyone when going back to the states to show it? What is the purpose of it?
    I really dont want to put it on my bike but am in the process of moving to a boarder town so will be back and fourth a fair bit I think
  10. LVGS

    LVGS Been here awhile

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    I have never been asked by US Customs. However, I was asked once coming home (out of approximately 20 trips) by the Canadian Customs Officer where I bought the bike? After telling him it was imported from the States, he came out to look at the plates and the speedo. I then pointed to the RIV sticker; he waved me through.

    I would just put it on...not worth the hassle.
  11. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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    just to make sure..



    i send the title and bill of sale to us custom 72hrs before i arrive. just these two things?

    send the originals or copies? fax? or snail mail?



    i will be crossing coutts/ sweet grass in the next few days

    thank you

    ed
  12. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    Just a faxed or emailed copy of the title to US customs at the port where you are leaving the US, at least 72 hours in advance (and less than 60 days in advance) - so that they can do the title search before you arrive - thats all they've ever wanted from me.
  13. JayDee24ca

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    I just brought my newly purchased old bike across at Sumas yesterday. I followed the instructions of the US Customs and Border people on their website, and emailed them the Title, the bill of Sale, and the Export Worksheet (3 items) 72 hours prior to showing up at their crossing. I was through the US side in about 5 minutes as they had received the things they asked for All they did was look at the original Title I had in my hand, checked against the worksheet I had sent in, and looked at the ID place on the bike.
    On the Canadian side it took maybe 20 minutes, as they needed to go out to the bike and find the serial number and the date of manufacture, and helped me fill out the RIV form. And collected some money from me.
    JD


  14. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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  15. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    When I did mine I called in advnace to check at the border I was crossing
    They also wanted a photo copy of the persons ID that was bringing it across (me)
  16. Jick Magger

    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

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    I haven't put my sticker on my GS but I think I should. Not exactly sure where it should go. Anyone have any insight on this?
  17. H e a d N o r t h

    H e a d N o r t h (take the high road)

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    I was told that it needs to go on the frame, close to the forks. I think that's roughly where most VIN plates are.
    However, my wife imported one a couple fo years ago, and never bothered to put it on. No on has asked, even after the sale to another inmate.

    .
  18. gumbellion

    gumbellion Been here awhile

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    They say on the frame and somewhere that it is fully visible. So its kinda the shits,
    Ill put mine on somwhere that it isnt too noticeable
  19. Pine Sol

    Pine Sol Been here awhile

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    ok, i keep meaning to post this info... (this is from my bad memory last month)

    importing a BMW

    the bike that i bought, the previous seller said that all the recalls were done, i dropped by the dealership that he had the bike serviced at and asked if i could have a copy of vehicle history. and the pic bellow is what her gave me. second sheet listed what was actually done to it. i scanned this copy and sent it in to RIV. even thou it says on the top of this sheet, it says not to be relied on for import. the information in the two red boxes is/was what RIV needed. date can not be older then 30 days, and "No Open Campaigns"
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    it really was a straight forward process.
    - faxed the title, bill of sale, copy of my passport, and lien release to coutts 3 days prior.
    - parked the bike at the little marked parking lot, just before the entry point for canada.
    - went upstairs to the american customs office, informed them that i had sent the info three days ago, they stamped my paper, that was it.
    - back to the bike, drove up to entry for canada
    - answered a bunch of his questions, he instructed me to park the bike and enter the building
    - approached the officer, he asked first time? then very easily walked me through the process of what info they needed
    - paid the customs and left

    got home, with the paper that he had gave me, went to RIV website, entered the 4 (different) numbers that the cdn customs guy noted on my white papers that he had given me, paid the RIV price. printed out the form and headed to canadian tire. walked in and they did a test there and then, paid cdn$9.65. took the signed paper home, scanned it and sent it back to RIV. think it was a day later they replied that it was accepted, again, another paper was printed out and off to the registry office...

    i was impressed how easy it really was.... and would be doing it again...

    hope this helps someone else out
  20. pelvis_98

    pelvis_98 Havin A Time

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    Looking at a bike that is "salvaged" in the USA. But i never plan on registering it, putting it on the road, or otherwise. I just want it for the parts.

    Problems bringing this across?