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vicespin
02-11-2012, 02:35 PM
My Thoughts the day after bringing US boat and trailer across into CANADA.

Before leaving:
1) Contact dealer, get lots of pics, have his scan and email copies of the titles (boat and trailer).
2) Leave a deposit, 500 on credit card subject to approval of boat buy buyer.
3) Let them know that you want to see it running in test tank, all gages, lights, bilge, blower etc, must be working. Including trailer lights. Make sure trailer has a spare.
4) Find out what size ball the trailer requires and whether it is a 4, 5, or 7 pin connection.
5) Find out if the trailer has current valid tags (licence plate). I towed the boat with no problems from the cops all the way home. (if no current tags then you must go to DMV and get t 3 day trip permit).
6) Go to ICBC with a copy of sales invoice and get an insurance binder for the trailer attached to your towing vehicles insurance.
7) Secure insurance for the boat, in case it is damaged in transport. (usually 400.00 for the whole year with liability for water sports ect).
8) If you are brining US dollars in the states make sure you have withdrawl slips from your bank. (They want to know your not a drug dealer washing money). In my case, the US did not ask, but the Canadians did.
9) RE: money. If you are taking 10 grand or more across the border, you must let the Canadian and US side know. (stupid I know).
10) A copy of any advert or craigslist posting for the item is recommended.

At dealer:
1) Check the trailer vin numbers and boat serial numbers against the ones on the title. They must match. Also, ask that these numbers are noted on the sales invoice.

Crossing Back to Canada: HAVE-
1) Past port
2) Sales invoice
3) Titles signed by owner or dealer
4) Withdrawl slips if you paid in cash
5) A craigslist or wed add of the boat
6) Payment Cash, Creditcard.
7) You will get a FORM 1 which must be stamped by the border agent.

RIV: 1) Online (or at the border if crossing during business hours), produce FORM 1, Pay, Get an inspection certificate. 2) Take Trailer to Canadian Tire for inspection. 3) Go to ICBC: Produce FORM 1, all receipts, titles, ect (basically all documents collected thusfar), (in BC) pay your provincial sales tax, Get a new Plate, registration, and insurance for your trailer.
REGISTERING THE BOAT: go to service Canada to acquire a new set of boat Reg. Numbers. (again bring all documents). You can do this by mail or in person.

That is it. (1st time was a breeze just make sure you follow every step exactly).

mikeg205
02-11-2012, 03:18 PM
no value added tax?

PS195
02-14-2012, 10:58 AM
when i did it a few years ago, had to pay federal and prov sales tax on full amount.
still was a huge saving vs buying my MC in Canada

sand2snow22
02-14-2012, 01:46 PM
All that and no pics or description of the boat? Epic FAIL

pram
02-14-2012, 07:55 PM
Those guys from BC :rolleyes:

Sullivan
02-14-2012, 10:18 PM
yea, whats with all these posts on new boats and no new pictures? Is this RD's 197 WTT?

wheelerd
02-15-2012, 02:09 AM
Ya, that's pretty much the routine. I've done it twice. It can get tricky at the Canadian border with a boat/trailer that's from a non-title state (like Tennessee) when the official demands to see a title that does not exist. :(

Muttley
02-15-2012, 03:48 PM
When I brought mine up, I paid the tax on the boat at the border, and the tax on the trailer when I insured it with ICBC.

Marius Titulescu
03-12-2018, 09:14 AM
When I brought mine up, I paid the tax on the boat at the border, and the tax on the trailer when I insured it with ICBC.

Same here. I guess that's just the regulations nowadays.
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Guestuser123
03-12-2018, 09:57 AM
My Thoughts the day after bringing US boat and trailer across into CANADA.

Before leaving:
1) Contact dealer, get lots of pics, have his scan and email copies of the titles (boat and trailer).
2) Leave a deposit, 500 on credit card subject to approval of boat buy buyer.
3) Let them know that you want to see it running in test tank, all gages, lights, bilge, blower etc, must be working. Including trailer lights. Make sure trailer has a spare.
4) Find out what size ball the trailer requires and whether it is a 4, 5, or 7 pin connection.
5) Find out if the trailer has current valid tags (licence plate). I towed the boat with no problems from the cops all the way home. (if no current tags then you must go to DMV and get t 3 day trip permit).
6) Go to ICBC with a copy of sales invoice and get an insurance binder for the trailer attached to your towing vehicles insurance.
7) Secure insurance for the boat, in case it is damaged in transport. (usually 400.00 for the whole year with liability for water sports ect).
8) If you are brining US dollars in the states make sure you have withdrawl slips from your bank. (They want to know your not a drug dealer washing money). In my case, the US did not ask, but the Canadians did.
9) RE: money. If you are taking 10 grand or more across the border, you must let the Canadian and US side know. (stupid I know).
10) A copy of any advert or craigslist posting for the item is recommended.

At dealer:
1) Check the trailer vin numbers and boat serial numbers against the ones on the title. They must match. Also, ask that these numbers are noted on the sales invoice.

Crossing Back to Canada: HAVE-
1) Past port
2) Sales invoice
3) Titles signed by owner or dealer
4) Withdrawl slips if you paid in cash
5) A craigslist or wed add of the boat
6) Payment Cash, Creditcard.
7) You will get a FORM 1 which must be stamped by the border agent.

RIV: 1) Online (or at the border if crossing during business hours), produce FORM 1, Pay, Get an inspection certificate. 2) Take Trailer to Canadian Tire for inspection. 3) Go to ICBC: Produce FORM 1, all receipts, titles, ect (basically all documents collected thusfar), (in BC) pay your provincial sales tax, Get a new Plate, registration, and insurance for your trailer.
REGISTERING THE BOAT: go to service Canada to acquire a new set of boat Reg. Numbers. (again bring all documents). You can do this by mail or in person.

That is it. (1st time was a breeze just make sure you follow every step exactly).

Also proof the boat has already been registered in the US.
Canada will not let a new boat into the country. It must be used status.
I used to do this all the time when the dollar was Amazing up here. Exact steps to importing anything. Boat, truck, car, ATV...
All the same
Good write up!

ap77
03-12-2018, 01:25 PM
Good info...thanks for sharing.

What was the tax rate you had to pay on the boat? 7% or 12%? I heard if you buy a used boat in Canada, you pay 12% (in BC); however, if it was purchased out of country it is 7%? Is that true?

What if you want to trade your existing boat on one at the US dealer. Do you know if BC will charge taxes on the difference only (like they do at a Canadian dealer)?

wheelerd
03-12-2018, 01:33 PM
Everyone pays 7% GST when you bring a boat into Canada. Then you pay provincial sales tax (if you have that.)
I have no experience with selling a boat into the US.

CottagerGreg
03-12-2018, 01:35 PM
Good info...thanks for sharing.

What was the tax rate you had to pay on the boat? 7% or 12%? I heard if you buy a used boat in Canada, you pay 12% (in BC); however, if it was purchased out of country it is 7%? Is that true?

What if you want to trade your existing boat on one at the US dealer. Do you know if BC will charge taxes on the difference only (like they do at a Canadian dealer)?

You will pay the GST at the customs crossing (Fed tax) and then the PST (varies per province) when you transfer the boat ownership into your name. (usually comes 1-2 years later as agency that does this is super slow out of Halifax)

Trailer you pay at border for GST and PST at the local car licensing office when you transfer ownership and get new plates.

NOTE: if you want to pay less taxes get the trailer and boat on a separate bill of sale. Otherwise you will pay a lot of additional taxes if its combined.

atthelake
03-12-2018, 01:46 PM
Everyone pays 7% GST when you bring a boat into Canada. Then you pay provincial sales tax (if you have that.)
I have no experience with selling a boat into the US.

GST is 5% still, isn't it? Or did Trudope slide that into the new budget that was mostly about gender equality? 😃

CottagerGreg
03-12-2018, 02:01 PM
GST is 5% still, isn't it? Or did Trudope slide that into the new budget that was mostly about gender equality? 😃

Yup 5%

ap77
03-12-2018, 02:10 PM
Here is some info on the BC government website. I've read it a bunch of times and I'm still not sure what you would pay if you brought back a boat from the USA into BC. Does the border collect the GST 5% when you cross and then then you pay the province 7% either at the border or when you register? Would like to hear from someone who has actually imported a boat in to BC as each province has different rules and tax rates...

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maniacmikes
03-12-2018, 02:22 PM
Did they check the boat for any other kind of labeling besides the VIN? i.e. emissions or safety stickers?

I tried to bring a truck into the US once, and it did not have any stickers saying that it was manufactured to meet the US standards (i.e. emissions)... which caused problems. Just wondering if it works both ways.

wheelerd
03-13-2018, 12:28 AM
Did they check the boat for any other kind of labeling besides the VIN? i.e. emissions or safety stickers?

I tried to bring a truck into the US once, and it did not have any stickers saying that it was manufactured to meet the US standards (i.e. emissions)... which caused problems. Just wondering if it works both ways.

Boats are not considered vehicles so they don't have to pass the same safety/emission standards. The trailer is though, so that's why it has to be inspected before you can insure and license it.
(I have imported two boats and two vehicles into Canada.)

drballenbc
03-13-2018, 09:31 AM
Here is some info on the BC government website. I've read it a bunch of times and I'm still not sure what you would pay if you brought back a boat from the USA into BC. Does the border collect the GST 5% when you cross and then then you pay the province 7% either at the border or when you register? Would like to hear from someone who has actually imported a boat in to BC as each province has different rules and tax rates...

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I imported one 4 years ago to BC. Atthe border they collected the GST on both the boat and trailer and the PST on the boat. I paid the PST on the trailer when I registered it with ICBC. Make sure you have your import documents when you go to do that cause they tried to charge me the GST on it again as well until I showed them that it had been paid at the border.



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