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by Alicia
(Alberta canada)

I have imported a number of vehicles and trailers into Canada. First correction is that now you need to use a broker to send your paperwork to the board . I found border buddy.com quite helpful .
Next is import duties . Regardless if your motorhome was manufactured in the USA you will be charged duty if your Vin number starts with foreign number. For example our motorhome is built by Winnebago but had a Mercedes chassis . Some of these motorhomes were designated with the NAFTA value and that makes it easier to avoid duty . However let it be known that all duties are subject to appeal . They don't tell you that at the border . I am appealing on the basis that more than 65% of the manufacture value was of US origin. It is a battle because that at the border crossing they wish
to easily classify your motorhome by the Vin number . I would appreciate hearing from anyone else who has gone through the appeal process .

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Apr 19, 2017
Import Duties - Mercedes Chassis
by: Anonymous

There is an informal appeal, then it goes to a formal appeal and then to a Tribunal. Some vehicles have a NAFTA designation which makes it easier. However, I did not have one.

Apr 07, 2017
Duty on Mercedes Chassis
by: Rachel

I'm glad to hear you won your case, Alicia. Would you be able to share how you went about making your case to the Canadian Government in order to have the duties you paid on your MH reimbursed back to you?

Thank you for any help you can give those of us who wish to follow in your footsteps and import USA MHs.

Apr 01, 2017
Duty on Mercedes Chassis
by: Anonymous

It took me a year and a half but I recovered the $4000 duty.

Mar 31, 2017
Hope Alicia will let us know
by: Marianne

If Alicia has chosen to be notified of follow-up comments on this thread, she should be getting your question now. Hopefully that's the case and she'll chime in to let us all know how she made out.

Mar 06, 2017
VIN # determines import duties payable
by: Rachel

Alicia posted about her experience in importing a Winnebago product built on a Mercedes chassis, and having to pay import duties because the VIN number indicated her MH was outside Canada, USA or Mexico. I am also considering importing an Itasca Navion from the USA, built on the same Mercedes chassis, but I need to know the outcome of Alicia's appeal process, and if she was able to forgo the duties on her MH, BEFORE I proceed with my purchase.

Does anyone have followup information to share? Your help would be much appreciated.

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