The HST actually consists of two taxes. The 5% GST and the ?% PST. The GST is federal and the PST portion is provincial and ultimately will end up in the coffers of province of registration. When you actually register it in "your home" province I expect the difference will have to be payed/refunded. There may be instances where you have to claim back the PST from the entry province, after again paying the full amount in the "home" province.
I realize that this post is several months old, since it was begun, however I thought I
would ad my 2 cents worth, to assist any Canadians in their desire to buy a USED Egg
in the US.
I just bought and brought home to Toronto, a 1985 Burro
, purchased in New Jersey. this past weekend.
I was in & out of the Canada Customs border office in less than 15 minutes, Tax paid and with all the required paperwork to submit to Ontario Ministry of Transportation, for an Ontario Ownership.
The trailer I purchased did NOT have a Title
, however it did have a Homemade Registration only.
This is now the 2nd trailer I have bought in the US, and both times were a breeze, providing it was 15 years old, or older. That way there is no RIV (Registrar of Motor Vehicles) fee to be paid ($204 in Ontario) just the GST at the border, until the HST takes effect on July 1, 2010.
I did find that IF possible, go the the State DMV website (where purchased) and see if they have a Sale agreement, or Transaction form on their site, which I did, and use it, as it appears to be a proper sale document, and the Customs official seemed to be very impressed?
Ensure that both the Sale agreement and Ownership/ Title
or Registration bear the same signature, it was certainly checked several times while I was at the counter.
IF older than 15 years, do yourself a favour and go the the RIV website and print off a copy of the section that states that Vehicles/ trailers OLDER than 15 years are Exempt from their Fee, as the customs official was not aware of this until I mentioned it to him, and his collegue confirmed same. he was fully prepared to charge me the $204, plus GST, until I brought it up.
You are NOT required to inform or stop at US Customs on the way out of the US at all, if it is a trailer, and NOT a Motorized vehicle, as they do not care or need to know, as I was informed by them on my 1st purchase.
With the dollars at par now, there are some great deals out there, if you search long enough, and I would certainly do it again, as the process really is quite simple.
Simply have lots of paperwork to back up your purchase:
- a copy of the ad, be it Craigslist/ E-bay or otherwise, to show where you found it.
- previously prepared Bill of Sale to be completed on site of your purchase, don't expect the seller to have one available, other than a hand written one?
- a copy of the RIV pages, as mentioned above
- your own trailer plae, in case that state does not offer temporary trip permits.
(I was fortunate to have the seller leave his current plate on it for me, as it was officially still registered to him, until the actual Title/ registration was changed to my name)
That's it, sorry to be long winded, but it all could not have gone any smoother or easier.
Cheers, and happy Egg shopping.