Hi Ian, that comment that you got from RIV about trailers not requiring a letter regarding recalls sounds like it is a valuable piece of information that anyone importing a trailer of any year should have in their back pocket!!
Good idea Charlie.
Here's what I got via e-mail, more or less confirming what I was told on the telephone.
Hope it helps someone else, too.
"Thank you for your recent inquiry about importing a Trailer 2000 Burro
fibreglass travel trailer
All trailers appear to be admissible as they are cited on Transport Canada's List of Vehicles Admissible form the United States as admissible in Section 2 - General, revised August 2006. This vehicle must bear a Statement of Compliance label affixed by the Original Equipment Manufacturer stating that "the vehicle as manufactured to comply with all US federal emission, bumper and safety standards on the date of manufacturer". Failing that, we will accept a letter from the manufacturer stating the same. Please refer to this list at: http://www.riv.ca/english/US_vehicle_admissibility.pdf
Complete a Vehicle Import Form – Form 1 and register with CBSA. This form must be kept in the vehicle until it is licensed. Canada Customs will facilitate the payment of your nonrefundable RIV fee of $206.70 in all provinces except Quebec where it is $220.20.
After the payment has been received you are subject to obtaining a recall clearance letter(s). Please see the following link at http://www.riv.ca/english/html/recall_clearance.html
Once the recall clearance documentation have been received by the Registrar of Imported Vehicles an Inspection Form will be mailed which details what must be done to bring your vehicle into compliance. It is your responsibility to complete the necessary modifications within 45 days. These modifications include what is written on the admissibility list and:
(a) U.S. statement of compliance label SOC;
valid alpha-numeric 17-digit VIN
(please provide the VIN
so that we can determine if this is valid. If the VIN is not valid, the vehicle will be inadmissible for importation);
In order to provide more flexibility for importers of salvage vehicles, Transport Canada has allotted these vehicles to be modified to meet CMVSS and inspected within one year of importation. However, in order for a vehicle to be classified as a salvage vehicle, the Certificate of Title issued by a State Licensing Authority or a Licensed Insurance Provider must be branded as “salvage”, “rebuildable”, “repairable” or any other terminology indicating the vehicle is salvage.
If the title states “Junk, scrap, parts only, not to be rebuilt, non-rebuildable, non-repairable, etc”, then it must be entered as Parts only and will never be able to be rebuilt and put back on the road.
Please contact Canada Border Service Agency to determine if there are any duties and/or taxes applicable at 1-800-461-9999 (within Canada) or 204-983-3500 (outside of Canada). Inform U.S. Customs about the permanent export of a vehicle at least 72 hours before arriving at the border.
Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act the responsibility for bringing an imported vehicle into compliance with Canadian safety regulations lies entirely with the importer; the RIV cannot be held responsible for any reason should the importer fail to complete the process successfully. Any information provided by the RIV is strictly based on the facts presented by the importer and reliance upon such information is at the importer’s discretion.
The information contained in this email is intended to assist individuals interested in importing a vehicle from the United States, and contains information on the admissibility of various makes, models, model years and class of vehicles provided by the original equipment manufacturer. This information is contained on the List of Vehicles Admissible Form the United States which is available to the public on our web site at www.riv.ca
or directly at:
The admissibility of any particular make, model and model year of vehicle can only be ultimately determined by a) the presentation of the vehicle to Canada Customs at the time of importation,
the decoding of the VIN contained on the vehicle import form – form 1 as presented to Canada Customs, and c) the successful completion of the federal inspection.