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Old 10-05-2017, 07:24 PM   #1
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Importing to Canada

Read a few threads that makes it seem fairly easy.

But how hard is it to bring an Airstream up to Canada?



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Old 10-05-2017, 07:58 PM   #2
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New or used?

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Old 10-05-2017, 08:57 PM   #3
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Might check with Andy Thompson at CanAm RV Centre in London, Ontario Canada. He and his family have been an Airstream dealer for decades. Their number is (866) 226-2678.
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Old 10-05-2017, 09:50 PM   #4
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I took mine into Canada and when I crossed over they gave me a little form (can't remember the name/number MAYBE E99) that only allowed me to keep it in Canada for a limited amount of time (I think it was either 60 or 90 days) there was no charge for this.
However at the time I didn't catch on to the time limitation and since I wanted to keep it in CN for several years CONTINUOUSLY I LATER HAD TO PAY THE IMPORT DUTY ON IT BASED ON ITS VALUE. THE VALUE WOULD NORMALLY BE DETERMINED AT THE BORDER (with an inspection) WHEN YOU BRING IT IN BUT SINCE I DIDN'T APPLY FOR THE EXTENDED STAY TILL LATER I HAD TO SUPPLY COMPARABLE VALUES ETC. AND THEY THREATENED TO MAKE ME RETURN IT TO A PORT OF ENTRY FOR AN INSPECTION BUT SINCE I CLAIMED THAT THIS WOULD CAUSE UNDUE HARDSHIP THEY EVENTUALLY ACCEPTED SOME APPRAISAL FROM A RV DEALER THAT HAD PREVIOUSLY WORKED ON IT ALONG WITH SOMME PHOTOS OF THE TRAILER. I BELIEVE THE DUTY WAS 13% OF THE VALUE ALTHOUGH THAT MIGHT BE DIFFERENT NOW. If you plan to pay the duty it might be wise to bring with you some documentation such as an appraisal from a RV dealer or some comparable values downloaded from the internet and this might speed up what could be a delay at the border.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:28 AM   #5
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used unit.
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:29 AM   #6
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Thanks very much. Yeah I think its still 13%
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Old 10-06-2017, 06:30 AM   #7
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have worked with the great folks at Can-Am when we purchased new. They would be my go-to service people as they are incredible people.
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Old 10-06-2017, 07:53 AM   #8
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There is no duty on US made RV's. Is this a trailer you are importing because early Sprinter based models are not permitted. Your best resource is to check the procedures and list of RVs that can be imported. It is easy if you are prepared. Based on my experiences there isn't really any savings if you can find what you want here and negotiate the price to match current US prices. The US had a much better selection however. Check with Canam too, they may have information on units coming for sale etc.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:01 AM   #9
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Trailer. Looking at upgrading from our 16 into a 25, 26, or 27.

Dollar is up a bit and much more selection south of the border when it comes to used vehicles IMO.
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Old 10-06-2017, 08:44 AM   #10
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As a general note for *anybody* shopping in the US for a used trailer .... There are a bunch that got wet in the storms. Some of them (along with cars and trucks) will be hitting the market soon. Not every one of them will be documented as "soggy". Be careful !!!!

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The 13% would not be duty, but provincial and federal sales taxes.
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:14 PM   #12
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Depending on your Province you will have a Vehicle Import Program. I’m in Ontario and over the years I have imported a 1969 Globetrotter 21’ , 1961 Overlander 26’, 1963 Globetrotter 19’, and a 2005 CCD International 22’. The vintage trailers are all exempt from import taxes and inspection rules. The newer one I paid import tax and an air conditioner fee. I had 15 day sticker to get inspection done at Canadian tire, it is a joke they just check all the propane, weight and serial number plates to make sure they match to the customs import pape and registration. My only issue was the damn registration in Virginia had typed the Wong serial number on the certificate. MTO wanted me to take it back to Virginia. Hell no I got the factory to give me a letter verifying the number and I just changed it on the customs papers and got my registration fine from MTO.
Moral just make sure the paperwork is correct, ownership and bill of sale is so important.
I now see you are from Ontario so yes it is pretty straight forward!

Here is the correct website that will give you the exact steps to import a trailer

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