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Old 01-11-2019, 07:12 PM   #1
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Buying an Escape in the US and importing to Canada

Hi,
I am looking at an option to buy a used Escape in Washington and importing it to BC. I am new on this, so have lots of questions:
- What is the best way to inspect everything is working well on the Escape? Or should I look for an inspector to do so?
- What is a safe way to pay for it (for both seller and buyer)?
- Do I have to get a temporary permit in Washington to get it to the border?
- Are there import duties? Do I need to hire some customs broker?
- Do I have to pay both GST/PST upon entry to BCS?
Thanks for your help,
Javier
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Old 01-11-2019, 09:31 PM   #2
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- Are there import duties? Do I need to hire some customs broker?
This is only an educated guess, but I can't see how there could be duty on a product which was manufactured in Canada when it re-enters Canada. If you have the right documents, and fill out the right forms, I don't know what a customs broker would be needed for.

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- Do I have to pay both GST/PST upon entry to BC?
It appears from Bulletin PST 308 - PST on Vehicles that there would be 7% PST in British Columbia.

Back to an educated guess... generally there isn't GST on a private purchase; however, if the original purchaser took delivery in the U.S. (exported by Escape Trailer Industries) no GST would have been paid, so it might be due when it re-enters Canada.
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Old 01-12-2019, 01:48 AM   #3
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Hi,
I am looking at an option to buy a used Escape in Washington and importing it to BC. I am new on this, so have lots of questions:
- What is the best way to inspect everything is working well on the Escape? Or should I look for an inspector to do so?
- What is a safe way to pay for it (for both seller and buyer)?
- Do I have to get a temporary permit in Washington to get it to the border?
- Are there import duties? Do I need to hire some customs broker?
- Do I have to pay both GST/PST upon entry to BCS?
Thanks for your help,
Javier
Javier, you should pay for it with a US$ bank draft. Your Canadian bank will have no problem getting this for you. Much the best way of doing it. In this way, you can give it to the seller only when you are happy with it. You wouldn't have to pay duty as the trailer is manufactured in BC, but you almost certainly will have to pay GST and PST. You may have to pay the GST and the border and the PST when you register it with ICBC at an autoplan agent.
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Old 01-12-2019, 12:17 PM   #4
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You may have to pay the GST and the border and the PST when you register it
This is how it worked when I imported our trailer back in 2011. No need for a broker. GST at customs, PST when you register. Will have to take it to Canadian Tire for an inspection as per RIV. (https://www.riv.ca/ImportingAVehicle.aspx)
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The one question not answered is the temporary permit. Many US new Escape owners have picked up their trailer at Sumas without plates or permits since their home state needed it there before issuing a plate. Nobody has reported that they were ever stopped because trailer had no plate.

When we bought our used Escape in WA last year the owners left their plate on the trailer. I figured less chance of being stopped although likely would have had an issue carrying a plate no longer valid.

You certainly do not need a plate to go to Cdn Tire in BC for the RIV inspection. I took off the WA plate to do that here especially since my closest CTC is 70 km away.

Yes you do have to pay GST at the border but they use the current Bank of Cda exchange rate which is less than what the bank would charge. When registering MB used the same rate to calculate PST.
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Lucky for you Adrian we didn't report the sale to the Authorities until you were safely over the border! ������
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Lucky for you Adrian we didn't report the sale to the Authorities until you were safely over the border! ������
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You certainly do not need a plate to go to Cdn Tire in BC for the RIV inspection. I took off the WA plate to do that here especially since my closest CTC is 70 km away.

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I've bought a trailer in Oregon with a valid AK plate and towed it back home.

I've also bought one in WA without a plate and gotten a a temporary permit for it.

I've also been caught on the road in BC without a valid license and that was $660 mistake.

I'd now tend to be careful about being on the road in BC without a valid permit.

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I've bought a trailer in Oregon with a valid AK plate and towed it back home.

I've also bought one in WA without a plate and gotten a a temporary permit for it.

I've also been caught on the road in BC without a valid license and that was $660 mistake.

I'd now tend to be careful about being on the road in BC without a valid permit.

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Had I been stopped in MB on the way to or from CTC that would not have been an issue since could not register it until it passed the RIV and I was on my way to CTC or home to do or from the RIV inspection.

I know Ontario and Quebec are particular about having no plate, that's why I left my plate on my old 5.0 for the new owner to haul in those provinces.
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Two other experiences, aside from the expensive fine, that make me believe that contacting ICBC is a good idea.

I bought a car in CA and obtained a temporary permit, based only on the VIN, from ICBC that insured me and made it legal to be on the road.

When I built my car I got a permit from ICBC that made it legal to drive to the inspection facility only.

So it seems to me that moving anything that moves on roads in BC does require a permit. Not being legal can be expensive. From my point of view definitely worth a phone call to ICBC to clarify.

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