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Old 05-23-2011, 12:14 PM   #1
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Canada border crossing and power tools

I am thinking of pulling my camper to Canada for a fishing and camping trip.

I live in my airstream, and have powertools, such as a circular saw, chainsaw, grinder, a shovel, hand tools etc.

I've read that they can confiscate them at the border and make you pay a 10% duty to get them back...or they may not let you in because they think you are going to work up there.

I have no place to leave my tools, and do not want to pay a duty on them.

Has anyone ever had problems bringing a small amount of hand and power tools across the border into Canada?
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Old 05-23-2011, 12:23 PM   #2
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You should not have any problems. To be safe stop at customs on the way in and tell them what you will be bringing into Canada they will give you a document to use when you leave. Don't try to bring guns into Canada, the red tape will take days and hand guns are not allowed.
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Hi Bo2020:
I'm out in Washington state and visit British Columbia, Canada a lot.
You may be running a big risk trying to bring tools across....especially if you let them know your only address is the trailer.

I've just been through a big hassle and I make sure that my truck has nothing more than a small tool kit and clothes.

My hassle is they don't believe that I've dated the same Canadian for 15 years and that I'm a boat captain so my life is not a "cookie cutter" style.

Good Luck fishing...if you were out here I 'd offer to let you store your tools at my place.
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Can't you rent a storage locker to leave them?
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We are not full timers, but carry a very complete tool set with us in Lucy. We carry a power drill, saws all, and a power impact driver. We also carry a complete set of hand tools. We have only crossed into Canada twice a couple of years ago, once into New Brunswick, and the other into Manitoba. The Canada Customs never even asked about any tools. Is this something new program to thwart terrorism conducted with hand tools. Once you get into Canada with these deadly tools, are you allowed back into the United States while in felonious possession of an 18 volt power drill????

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Old 05-24-2011, 01:43 PM   #6
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No, the Canadian government is really bad on not letting Americans into Canada to work. You will never get a green card to work in Canada unless there are no Canadians qualified to do the particular job, and even then you will get 2 years at the most, to work and train a Canadian to do that job. I have written hundreds of letters over the years to our Congress to change our green card laws to be exactly the same as the country the person wanting a USA green card uses, but to no avail. When I worked on the Alaska Pipeline Project in 1974-75, I'll bet over 1/2 of the workers were from Canada. It was and still is the pits.
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I was recently reading that if an American had a DUI any age on their driving record they couldn't enter Canada. Anyone know if that is true or not?
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I'm married to a Canadian. Before I met my wife, I lived and worked in B.C; Quebec and Ontario for 5 out of 8 years. Always had a work permit good for six month's; never had a problem renewing it. Maybe the laws have changed since 9/11. I last worked in B.C. in 1997.
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Gringo, I forget the particulars, but somewhere in the do's and don'ts were DUI's. 'If' I remember properly, if you were convicted of a DUI, you had to claim/document and seek permission prior to entry.

I don't rememeber the exact wording nor statute. I seem to remember someone on this site had mentioned the Candadian imigration web site. I'm sure if you Google Canadian Imigration you can find the info easily...
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Yes, I can find out if it ever comes up. I just recently read it, and it was a surprise to me. I worked a lot in Canada over the years, offshore exploration out of the Maritimes, and with McDonald Dettweiler on some military projects. I also spent a lot of time with ISE out of Port Coquitlam, and with the Canadian Navy. In all my trips to Canada I had never heard of that DUI thing. I was just curious as to whether anyone knew if it was true, and I bet a lot of RVers probably don't know about it.

Hmm...come to think of it, I know some Canadians with DUIs in the states. I wonder what happens when they try to go home/
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No, the Canadian government is really bad on not letting Americans into Canada to work. You will never get a green card to work in Canada unless there are no Canadians qualified to do the particular job, and even then you will get 2 years at the most, to work and train a Canadian to do that job. I have written hundreds of letters over the years to our Congress to change our green card laws to be exactly the same as the country the person wanting a USA green card uses, but to no avail. When I worked on the Alaska Pipeline Project in 1974-75, I'll bet over 1/2 of the workers were from Canada. It was and still is the pits.

We don't have green cards in Canada.
There's also reciprocity for many job types as a result of NAFTA. Chances are if your trade/profession isn't listed, then there is no shortage of Canadian workers to fill those positions. So, yeah, you're likely to be turned away at the border.
A little research is all that is needed to get at the truth.

Also, if you have a DUI on your record, you are inadmissible. You may have your record cleared by applying for a Minister's Approval of Rehabilitation. A DUI is considered a serious offense in this country, so this is reflected by our policies at the border. For more info, contact your nearest Canadian Consulate General.
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Well tools always come in handy on a camping and fishing trip, besides, I go nowhere without them.

As for the DUI, has anyone ever tried crossing with one? I mean, if you do not tell the border agent, then how are they going to know, unless they do a background check.

Thousands of people cross the Canadian border every single day, and there is no way they have the time to check the criminal record of every single individual that crosses.

Any thoughts?
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I would imagine that the DUI would pop up on their computer when they run your license plate. Hey, all you can do is try crossing the border and see what happens. The easiest thing you could do is make a phone call and ask what the regulations are.
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Try this link:

https://help.cbp.gov/app/answers/det...h-dui-offenses

If you don't declare a DUI then I don't think the Canadian Authorities have the ability to cross reference against US State or Federal records, at least not immediately. The problems will start, though, if you end up in any kind of auto accident and the authorities then have time to check.

It'd be best to check locally and, if necessary, seek a waiver. Always be up front in these situations because if you're not, you could end up in a whole lot of trouble.
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