Importing a bike from the States to Canada

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

  1. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    That is a good point, I never had to deal with it but heard of at least three instances where the importer claimed a lower price and they checked with the seller.
    One thing to consider is that our border peeps are not there to stall you, they want you out of their desk sooner than later hence don't go with hiding anything and you'll be fine
  2. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Latest news for importing bikes...just got it fresh from Canadian Tire Rep. We have to pay tire tax on imported vehicles new or used.

    Another cheesy attempt to extort more monies from us.
  3. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    I don't think that's anything new. I've paid it on cars in the past. The airconditioning levy too.
  4. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Ur probably correct..first I've heard for motorcycles however. No tire tax on my 2007 import Suzuki.
  5. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    After looking at what I thought was the official Border crossing for USA site which I found via "port of entry search" which yielded what looks like the correct site......ITS WRONG. Thank god I called to see if my fax came through. After talking to border agent she indeed said "yes" this is the correct phone number but way wrong on the fax ( she and I have no idea were first fax went??)

    I was directed to this website..and second from the bottom is the border crossing link. Go via this link to your preferred crossing.

    http://ucanimport.com/


    You will have to print off border crossing worksheet ( easy) and then fax all documents required. They also stipulate in CAPS..do not call them to check on your fax, if there is a problem the border agents will call U. Whew..hope this helps..I am crossing this long weekend with 2012 GSA Triple Black.

    I will let yah know.:evil
  6. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    :clap It's all done. Imported GSA yesterday and all went according to plan.

    Recall clearance faxed from dealership was all that was required!

    Crossing at Sweetgrass was breeze, never even came out to look at bike.

    Canadian side equally as nice, Border guy knew exactly where to look for compliance sticker and I filled out paperwork and was on my way in 15 min.

    Another 5 min on line at RIV site to enter a few details, pay online the fee and fax off Form 1 to Riv.

    I double checked the admissibly of my recall clearance fax and they said yes, no problems ( BMW Canada :lol3...500$ :wave..see yah) its FREE, the way simple paperwork should be.

    Left Milwaukee Wisconsin at 1pm on Friday the 17th and was home in driveway 8:30pm Monday the 20th.



    Interesting amendment!! Heads up to Alberta Folks, if your motorcycle has more than 5000kms you must also have an out of province inspection regardless of the fact you just had Canadian Tire look at your bike. However, if you have less than 5000kms you can apply for an exception and this could take a few days. Lucky for me, I had less than 5000kms and bike has been approved without the silly out of province.
  7. 1bigrn

    1bigrn Been here awhile

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    I'm looking to import a 1991 851 Ducat. However the RIV website says:
    1998 Models 916, 748, M750, M900, 900SS/CR & ST2
    1999 AND 2000 Models SS750, SS900, M750, M900, 748, 996,
    ST2 & ST4.
    2001 Models SS750, SS900, M750, M900, 748, 996, ST2, ST4,
    M600, V2/750S & Hyper Monster.
    2002 and newer
    All other inadmissible.

    Is there any appeal process or is ther any way to get an olde bike admissable?
    thanks
  8. bmwnewbie

    bmwnewbie Been here awhile

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    With the bike being 15 years and older you do not have to go through the RIV process. You simply pay the GST at the border.

    Go on RIV's website to confirm or call them.

    bmwnewbie
  9. Steve G.

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    You are correct. Anything 15 yrs old or older can come in from any country, and RIV is bypassed.
  10. Frostback

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    I have brought in 2 used BMWs and sort of had to study and relearn the process each time. It is doable but a bit of a pain.

    The local BMW dealership in Edmonton (un named but there is only one . . . ) charged $500 for verifying there were no recalls. This was an act of usury and ruined my trust in them as supportive of owners, parts, sales. I protested and got some sarcastic verbiage back. They missed a chance to cement a good working relationship. They also drove me to deal exclusively with Bob's, Max's, and Beemer Boneyard for all parts possible, do my own wrenching and I won't buy new from them again because I can't trust their service, intentions, mark up, or warranty. I have retold this story to plenty of other riders as both great and poor service deserves to be discussed on these forums.

    Be sure to get the recall letter for free in the US if going through a dealer.

    You can save many thousands of dollars with some US purchases if you are willing to jump through a few hoops.

    Lee
  11. Patrol

    Patrol VALE 46!

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    I've done this repeatedly with bikes and SUVs now. The longest I was ever at customs was three minutes. Once people figure out how easy this is and that vehicles are about half the price in the USA the government will find a way to close this loophole. Already in the newspaper here in Windsor I have seen an article about area car dealers asking Members of Parliament to prohibit it. For now the government has said they see no problem.
  12. BTL

    BTL No more snow!!

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    Recall letters from US dealers is FREE. The service rep in Milwaukee had no issues at all faxing to RIV for me. Very painless experience and I would send anyone to Milwaukee BMW for a deal on a used bike..
  13. BikerBobber

    BikerBobber Trying to get lost

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    US customs in Alexandria will not accept a faxed copy of title. You must present the actual title 72 hours before you cross...
    BMW CANADA sucks butt for charging $500 for the recall inspection too!
    All in all, my import process was a breeze though :D

    From my mobile
  14. MacNoob

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    Am I mistaken in thinking that BMW will honour remaining warranty on US vehicles in Canada if you get the $500 "inspection" done?
  15. spuh

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    Anyone with knowledge about the reverse : exporting a bike to the US? I'm looking into trading bikes with an American.
  16. bmwnewbie

    bmwnewbie Been here awhile

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    If bike was originally tilted American bike, simply show up a US Customs and advise you are bringing bike back into the US, they the re stamp the original title that they stamped leaving the US. I have knowledge only of reimporting an originally titled US Vehicle.

    I would think. If it was not originally a US Titled Bike, I would make sure you have all of the Compliance Stickers on the bike stating that it meets all of the US & Canadian Department of Transport/Manufacturing Standards.

    Also, check with US Customs where you will be crossing and request what Worksheets and information required to be filled out. I would supply your contact and buyers information, your original title, bill of sale, the buyers new bill of sale etc.

    bmwnewbie
  17. KilgoreTrout

    KilgoreTrout adventure flyfisher

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    Just a couple of questions I am curious about. I have purchased a 1975 Honda TL250 from an inmate in Washington State and plan to go and pick it up in the next few weeks. He has the original title and is sending that to me along with a bill of sale. I realize that the bike is older than 15 years but I am wondering other than the title and bill of sale do I need to send/fax anything else to the border crossing I am using? I do not plan on licensing the bike and will likely only ride it on private property. Thank you in advance for any insight to my questions.
    Cheers Brian:ear
  18. MacNoob

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    You need to fax (or maybe email) a copy of the title document to the US Customs office where you will export the bike at least 72 hours prior to exporting. US Customs will stamp the original title "exported" at export time assuming the title is clear. At Canadian customs you will need to pay GST/PST (or HST if you are HST province). But you will not need to go through the RIV process since the bike is over 15 years old.
  19. bymbie

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    If a bike is newer than 15 years old and is not on the admissible list, can I import it as parts, even in two shipments, assemble it and get it registered/plated?
  20. MacNoob

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    No. Your import paperwork will be stamped "parts only" and you will not be able to register the VIN.

    edit: expanding a bit, you either go through the RIV process as a "parts only" vehicle and get the paperwork showing "parts only". Or you slip it by Customs as "motorcycle parts" with no RIV involved. Then when you go to license it your provincial licensing agency notices a U.S. bill of sale and title and will not license it because you have no import paperwork. There's always a chance you'll get someone who doesn't know the process though and maybe be successful...