Successful Import of an RV
(Victoria, BC, Canada)
We just finished importing our 2006 27-ft motorhome from California to Victoria BC. Using the information and guidelines noted here, and from other sites on the internet, we were well prepared with the documentation required for both US and Canadian Borders.
There were some interesting things that happened along the way. Because we were not registering in California, we required a driver to deliver our unit out of California. This was a fee of $950 charged by the dealership in California. We tagged along inside the unit, and our driver towed a vehicle. We were not allowed to drive at all, and once we got to Oregon, we visited a UPS office, and had to have the out-of-state delivery forms notarized ($20).
After that it was smooth driving up to Peace Arch border crossing. The office is only open Monday-Friday 8-3:30, so don't plan to try and cross over the weekend or an American long weekend. That part only took 1/2 hour - most of that time was waiting behind other exporters. It was a non-event, because we had all our paper work in order. The documents had been faxed 3 days before, combined with an email to advise we had faxed the documents - and we received a confirmation email.
The Canadian side took a bit longer - about 1.5 hours to complete our form 1 - and I had to do some computer input - the lady at the customs office was super friendly and helpful. Note**the GST payable can be paid by credit card, BUT only up to $500!!! We didn't know that, but used a debit card from our bank account for the balance. So much for points on our card, but that's okay!
Once cleared with CBSA, we drove a block down the road.....to the RIV office,..completed the forms there...and headed home to Victoria. By the time we were at the ferries, we had an email from RIV saying our inspection letter was ready to be printed!!! Super slick and great service.
We have been home a week, and still have to head over to Canadian Time for the inspection, but that will take no time and will complete our export/import adventure.
If you are going to do this.... be PREPARED!!! Take the time to read the sites, phone US border and Canadian border agencies if you have any questions! I did and found them both super helpful! BE prepared and you too will have a successful import of an RV