I responded to an ad for a 1979 Trillium
Jubilee for sale
in Flint Michigan. Upon contacting the seller and agreeing on a price subject to inspection, we made a deal. Now I was faced with the task of retrieving the trailer and importing it into Ontario.
All vehicles (and this includes trailers) being imported into Canada, , are subject to the rules and regulations administered by the Canadian Government Registrar of Imported Vehicles. The RIV can be reached at http://www.riv.ca
. Their phone number is 1-888-848-8240. Having read the on-line material and, armed with a few questions, I stopped on my way to Flint at the Canada Customs office in Sarnia. The officer on duty was most helpful. She answered all of my questions and provided me with a brochure which detailed the entire procedure. One thing she stressed was that I should make sure that the Michigan registration
form transferring title
to me was completely filled out by the seller.
Upon returning to Canada with the trailer in tow, I made a declaration to the Customs Officer that I was importing the unit. After a couple of questions, she directed me to the Customs office to clear the vehicle.
I presented the State of Michigan Vehicle Certificate of Title
, and a hand written Bill of Sale which I had received from the seller. Within minutes the Officer had checked the computer files for admissibility and prepared a Vehicle Import Form – Form 1 which detailed the transaction. The Federal portion of the HST (5%) was calculated on the price shown on the receipt. I made payment to the cashier and that, along with Form 1 provided me with a clearance slip which released the unit and let me get on my way home. The entire Canadian Customs process took about 20 minutes. I spent more time than that showing off the trailer to a bunch of curious Customs Officers who had gathered for a peek inside !
All imported units are required to go through a follow-up process which can vary greatly depending on the age of the vehicle. In my case, because the trailer was over 15 years old, I was exempt from the RIV database entry and fee. Unfortunately, the brochure does not state that exemption from the database entry also removes the need for an inspection. I spent some time looking for another form ( Form 2) which was supposed to come by mail. A series of phone calls trying to get the elusive form resulted in my finding out that Form 2 was not required nor was the inspection. I merely presented my Form 1, the Bill of Sale, and the Michigan Certificate of Title
to the Ontario Ministry of Transport. With the payment of the Provincial portion of the HST (8%) and a $35.00 licence fee, they issued a licence.
This was a very easy thing to do. I must confess that I had some misgivings about the importation process, but thanks to the Canadian Customs officials, it proved to be quite a simple task