Originally Posted by Lillybee
Thanks.. Umm can say after you get done with the legal stuff meaning broker.. Can someone els other than yourself transport the trailer across the border with your paper work? Like a transporter.
If you're willing to pay, yes. But if we're talking a $10,000 or less trailer, I think the cost starts not to be worth it.
You pay a broker to import it with you, meaning I think you just meet them at the border and they take care of everything with customs, but you still bring the trailer across. That service seems to be around $200. I don't think a broker does "legal work", then hands it off to you to cross the border. My impression is that you meet with the broker at the border and they work with customs to get you across. The "legal work" all happens right there at customs, in just a few minutes (depending on how busy the traffic is).
To summarize all the posts that explain all these things but you might not have felt like reading, to "import" the RV at the border you need (for Montana anyways):
-A bill of sale. Notarized (certified) helps, or may even be required. This can be any form, homemade or otherwise, that has a place for you and the seller to sign and date, along with a description of the trailer (with VIN) and a purchase price.
-The signed registration/title
-Trailer must have either
1. a DOT safety sticker, or
2. a letter from the manufacturer stating it meets US DOT standards, or
3. be 25 years old or more and therefore exempt from the safety standards.
That's it! Then you fill out 2 forms at the border. They stamp everything and you go on your way.
To have someone pick up the trailer and bring it across and deliver it probably gets expensive.
But what's worth it to you is worth it to you. It's your money.
It's really not hard, depending on the trailer you buy. It's just a matter of making sure you go through the right steps. Like my post mentioned, the hard part is getting the same answer from any two different people. For me, getting across the actual border with the necessary paperwork was very, very simple.