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Subject: Moving to Canada from USA
  Hi:

We landed in Canada for the first time last year in May. We did not declare any of our belongings at the time of landing. We came back to the US and have been living in the USA until now. We are moving back to Canada for good this August. Right now we live in Michigan. We are planning to send our stuff with movers and drive to Edmonton, Alberta. My husband has got a job there.

My question is do we need any legal clearance to move our stuff and cars. We have two cars now and other regular household items.
Kindly let us know.

Thanks
Jai

[26-07-2007,17:12]
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jai
(in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
For your Cars you need to declare at the customs and most probably have to pay to pay some tax by their regulation. But do that. If you just drive the cars like tourists do then you won´t be register in Canada. You probably need to have certificates from your dealer stating that cars meet Canadian specifications.

For you household stuffs you don´t need any official declaration. You cans end by USPS or any courier. Good idea to provide inventory list with each box. You have to pay some taxes on each boxes though.

[26-07-2007,17:38]
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Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
Do you have any idea on how much we have to pay?
[26-07-2007,17:45]
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jai
(in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
Hi

I am driving one car by road. We are moving another car and our household items by movers. In that case how much will the tax be on the cars and the household items? Please guide me on this.

Jai

[26-07-2007,17:48]
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jai
(in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
4 years ago I moved rest of my stuffs (5 boxes approx. 30 KG each) from US to canada by UPS, I had to pay approximately 50/60 $ on each box. I don´t know how they evaluate the tax.

For car I think they have established guideline for tax valuation based on model/year. You may visit Canada Revenues website for details. I don´t have solid idea.

[26-07-2007,18:07]
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Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
Forgot to tell, if you use mover for car, then you must have to provide the import certifate with the car. For other stuffs, contact the mover, they should be able to tell the details.
[26-07-2007,18:23]
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Departed_Canadian
(in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
Thanks guys
[26-07-2007,18:32]
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jai
(in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
I suggest looking here:

http://www.riv.ca/english/html/how_to_import.html

A nice checklist of what to do before, during and after crossing the border while importing your car!

[27-07-2007,01:42]
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Nikolai
Don't just show up at the border, without proper paperwork. (in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
Whatever you do........DON´T just show up at the Canadian border with a truck full of personal items. You HAVE to do proper reasearch BEFORE you go.

The Canadian Border Security Agency has a very complete wensite that gives you all the information that you need, along with down-loadable forms to fill in before you get to the border. Each box in thew truck has to be marked with the contents, and the cash value of the contennts. A complete inventory of ALL the materials has to be submitted to the CBSA officials at the border crossing, with 3 copies of the manifest.

Choose the U.S. moving company carefully, and ASK them if they have the legal authority to transport goods into Canada. Many US based moving companies do NOT have that legal authority.

If you do not do the preparations properly, you will be spending many hours at the border, having the entire truck un-loaded, and the boxes opened by the Customs inspectors, and checked for the contents values. Avod that problem by doing the work ahead of time, and filling in the paperwork in advance.

How do I know this? Years of crossing the US /Canada border, as a commercial driver, carrying goods into and out of Canada.

Jim B. Toronto.

[27-07-2007,09:29]
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Canadian Citizen
here is the CBSA website address (in reply to: Moving to Canada from USA)
Here is the address for the CBSA information website to READ for your self the rules that apply for brining personal goods into Canada, from the USA.

http://www.settlement.org/sys/link_redirect.asp?doc_id=1003091

Notice that all of CBSA requirments have to be followed, or the shipment will be sent back to the USA.

Jim B. Toronto.

[27-07-2007,16:02]
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