Importing a bike from the States to Canada

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

  1. drcool

    drcool R.I.P. Dave

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    It is good this came up and I agree. For the 5 minutes it took(many phone calls, faxes and followups not withstanding) at the border it is a much better thing that your ride has full Canadian status. Illegal aliens in the states are not looked on favorably.

    do it right
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  2. kirbike

    kirbike Been here awhile

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    I'm trying to import an 01 KTM 125 into Canada from PA. Does anyone know what this Recall Clearance form looks like? KTM Canada wants $500 and the KTM USA guy is on holidays. The guy I talked to at KTM Canada didn't think I needed one for a dirt bike, but I don't think so....not if I want to register it all legal and green plate it.
    Right now I've let the dealer in PA know and hopefully he can get the letter, because I'm not paying $500. That plus $204 RIV charge, and what ever CDN Tire charges; it hardly seams worth it....the bike's not worth much more than that!
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  3. LVGS

    LVGS Been here awhile

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    I couldn't agree with drcool more. The process at the American end was actually the simplest and literally, involved filling out a VERY simple form, emailing it with copies of the title and bill of sales and a 10 minute stop at US customs before crossing the boarder.

    Why take the risk!? :jjen
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  4. LVGS

    LVGS Been here awhile

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    The recall letter can be nothing more than a statement on the KTM dealer's letterhead with VIN and make/model indicating that all recalls have been cleared. I bought my BMW privately, but the local dealership in Seattle gave me a letter, at no cost, that satisfied RIV.

    BTW, Canadian Tire does not charge anything and their inspection is the most painful part the process. It took more time at the local Canadian Tire than it did at the US and Canadian Customs offices and RIV combined.
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  5. drcool

    drcool R.I.P. Dave

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    It's a dirtbike I presume therefore who cares. You aren't licencing anyway.

    Do your dealings with the US Customs (and don't even tell the Canadians, you're just coming home from the track in the US right). Canadian customs wants GST on the sale price so it might run you a hun

    As long as you're cleared by the US you can save the fees and send me a commission:D caue there won't be RIV or Canadian tire cause it ain't roadworthy is it?

    Taxe is a four letter word
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  6. TerraThumper

    TerraThumper Meesta Fwank

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    You were right, Drcool, It is easy, peasy to import. I just did the whole deal with my newly acquired ' 09 990. I came through the border Monday morning after the long weekend - took about 2.5 hours to clear both sides of the river. By far most of the time was waiting for the truckers to clear.:snore Even CTC in Uxbridge was quick'n'easy, all of 15 minutes.
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  7. kirbike

    kirbike Been here awhile

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    Yeah, but if you want to ride on crown land, and places like Ganaraska, Eastside Trails, it's gotta be registered, green plated, and insured or the fish cops will offer you up a $500 fine. Plus I'm back and forth across the border all the time with the dirtbikes, and most times they don't check, but they have once or twice.
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  8. drcool

    drcool R.I.P. Dave

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    My bad, I have no experience with green plate.

    In that case have the seller provide a letter from his KTM dealer and follow the steps.

    Easy peasy just insert tax dollars
    drcool
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  9. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    it's an 09 :hide
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  10. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    This process is so easy. The border buys at Blaine were fantastic.
    The bikes cost far less in the US. The bikes are generally in better condition.
    Never had a bad experience with a fellow Advrider.
    Shipping is dirt cheap. My last one: 600 from Tucson to Blaine.
    The Seattle dealer who wrote my riv clearance was efficient, friendly and free
    Canadian dollar basically at par. Starving Americans. The perfect storm.
    :D :D
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I've gone through all the steps, contacted the various places, and got everything straightened out today. Suzuki is sending me the letter of no recall, I've got a copy of the title to the US customs, called RIV etc. I think it will all play out nicely.

    One quick question that may sound stupid. Can you import the bike on a Sunday afternoon? The information on the ambassador bridge site says that their operational hours are only 8 - 4, monday to friday, but when I called and asked, they said they were open 24/7. Presumably the boarder doesn't close, but does the department that actually goes through the import and has a look at your title only operate during the week?[FONT=&quot]<o:p></o:p>[/FONT]
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  12. Steve G.

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    While the border may be open 24/7, you must check with the guys on the U.S. side, specifically the U.S. Customs Vehicle Export Team, which essentially release the bike out of the U.S. They are 8-4 Monday-Friday. Without their all important release stamp, Canada Customs will not allow the bike into Canada.

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  13. LVGS

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    Nanoose Bay, Vancouver Island BC CANADA
    What Steve said...this is the single most important factor when timing your crossing.

    Good luck and let us know if you need any more help.
    #93
  14. adiablolex

    adiablolex Lost again

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    It's ONLY the US side that has a time (8-4) our side is open 24-7, additionally, our side doesn't care much about the title being stamped "exported" by the US side nor will they advise you on it. It's going back to the US that will be a problem with a bike that hasn't been properly exported.
    #94
  15. StromTech

    StromTech Adventurer

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    US Customs at Port Angeles allows exports 7 days a week onto the Coho ferry for anyone importing to Vancouver Island. Never busy there either. That's the crossing I used last fall.
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  16. 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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    All good stuff, here.
    I hope to be able to add my experience to the thread in a few weeks.

    One question - should I be concerned that the speedometer on the bike I'm importing is in miles only?

    .
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  17. drcool

    drcool R.I.P. Dave

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    I remember reading the RIV will ask you to affix stickers to the face of the speedo. The biggest deal was the daytime running lights. They must work prior to the Canadian Tire inspection. Everything else was simply consistent with a well maintained moto.

    go get em Tigger
    drcool
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  18. StromTech

    StromTech Adventurer

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    Canadian Tire asked me if I wanted a sticker on the Odometer indicating it was in Miles...I just looked at the guy and pointed at the speedometer face that clearly showed MPH as predominant...he moved on to other stuff. He never even turned the key to the on position so there were no light checks during my inspection. He seemed interested in verifying the VIN # and odometer reading more than anything else. And the guy looking knows basically zilch about a motorcycle....it's an unecessary paperwork excercise that could be done by the licence agent, IMHO.
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  19. CGH

    CGH Polluting the ether

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    And they knew even less about my Freightliner. :lol3
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  20. zenrydr

    zenrydr Adventurer

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    I just bought a bike in northern Ohio, near Akron. I would love to bring her home the end of next week. (ballpark May 5/6/7) If anyone else is going in that general direction & bringing a bike back as well, maybe we could do this together & share the truck rental costs? :ear