Importing a bike from the States to Canada

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

  1. bymbie

    bymbie Adventurer

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    Thank you for the information... one less option to worry about :cry
  2. Jbone11 11

    Jbone11 11 Been here awhile

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    Hey Guys,
    I was doing a google search for something else and came across this link:
    RecallLetters.com - Get A RECALL CLEARANCE LETTER - Fast & Easy!

    Given the restrictions Ducati North America and others have put on importing newer US bikes into Canada, and having gone through the process of importing myself, Im curious what everyone else makes of this?

    Says approved or your money back...so just for fun I entered in the VIN for my 996 SPS that I imported last year. The website quoted me $89.95. I managed to get a letter for my situation for less than $50, but I know others have been gouged a $500 hit...which is pure BS, so a no hassle "approved or your money back" deal for that price seems to be reasonable considering they will forward the letter to RIV for you. One less step in the process.

    Almost seems to good to be true....FWIW, I did try to call the 1 866 number they list but I got an aswering service and was prompted to leave a message.

    Thoughts? Anyone use this service yet? <!-- / message --><!-- BEGIN TEMPLATE: ad_showthread_firstpost_sig --><!-- END TEMPLATE: ad_showthread_firstpost_sig --><!-- sig -->
  3. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    Just imported a KTM Adventure S from US this week, it was easy peezy, had the PO go to his dealer and ask for a recall letter, no problem, emailed it off to RIV, approved a day later.
    Total time at the border US and Canada less than an hour
    Canadian tire, maybe 20 minutes
    Falkins insurance, I got the trainee, wouldn't ya know it, but she was cute so it was OK, maybe 1 hour
    Lunch at Alice's restaurant 1 hour :clap
    The ride back from Santa Cruz, 3 days of incredible roads :clap

    only advice I can offer is have all your ducks in a row, do your home work ahead of time and verify each step
  4. StepOnIt

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    Ok so easy you say.... Now what year is the KTM adventure? is older then an 08?? If so they are are on the import list and 08 and newer are not.
  5. BikerBobber

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    Actually you do not need this to cross the border. You do need it to import the bike but you have 45 to do it.
    Also, you cannot register the bike until the RIV process is complete. You require a copy of the completed RIV paperwork to do so.
    :thumbup:

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  6. MacNoob

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    Found a NEW bike in ND I would like. I live in Manitoba. Kawi dealer says they can't sell to me per Kawi dealer agreement but they would be happy to sell to someone in U.S.

    I have a relative in U.S. but they live two states away. Dealer says relative needs to be present at ND dealer in order to sell bike. Not very practical.

    Is anyone aware of a commercial service (broker) that would buy the bike, get a title to it, then sell it to me (for some appropriate service charge of course).

    The whole importing to Canada thing I'm very familiar with, so that's not a problem. Neither am I in any hurry to take delivery, although 'promo pricing' on the unit ends this month.
  7. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    The only flaw in that plan might be the taxes that would have to be paid in ND (not sure) and then again when you import the bike, could end up being a double whammy, and of course paying duty is required but after 4 days you get your $800.00 duty free
  8. MacNoob

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    Actually I forgot about the duty - thanks for reminding me. I was just thinking GST/PST. Vehicle sales tax in ND is 5%.
  9. Deuce

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    No import duty on motorcycles. Cars, trucks etc. only. :1drink
  10. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    Any vehicle manufactured outside of the free trade agreement requires duty to be collected. There certainly was on the KTM

    Austria, Italy, Japan etc anything manufactured there would require duty be paid. Although a VW a German car manufactured in Mexico is duty free Chey from Detroit, duty free, Dodge Ram, Mexico duty free. Ferrari Italy BIG DUTY
  11. Lawmeister

    Lawmeister Long time lurker

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    I recently imported an '08 R1200GS from the US to Canada and did not pay any duties (PST and GST oh yes however). It was explained to me that as there is no Canadian motorcycle manufacturers to protect, there is no duty.

    It certainly wasn't built in Mexico either....
  12. BikerBobber

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    My 07 x challenge had no duties either.

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  13. farmerger

    farmerger Snowed in Adventurer

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    If you paid duty on your KTM, other than GST/PST/HST, get your money back.
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    Nice to know that tanks and other armoured vehicles are duty free too...

    will remember this next time :rofl
  15. farmerger

    farmerger Snowed in Adventurer

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    :D:lol3:1drink Ha, ha, ha, I totally missed that.:clap
  16. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    Well crap she wrote up duty on the paperwork $600.00 + that I did not pay because of my 800 duty free but I am going to check my paper work I can't imagine a gov't worker making an error!!
  17. devildogg

    devildogg Been here awhile

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    Just checked my paper work, customs applied my $800.00 against the duty charged on my motorcycle which is totaled 0$
    I stand corrected, hope I didn't screw up anyone's calculations, blame customs :D
  18. canadian XR

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    Trying to import a bike again from the states.. to ontario. US customs want the original title 72 hours before you cross. called all the US to ontario border stations..
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  20. Spiritwalker2222

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    Did you check the Windsor, Detroit Ambassador bridge crossing? They used to accept faxes of the title.