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Old 08-19-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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My experience importing into US

Importing Escape 15B into US/California

Here is my recent experience purchasing a 15B from party in Nanaimo BC and transporting back to California:
1) crossed border into Canada early on a Wednesday-no wait. Of course Passport required.
2) Ferry fee for pickup was $68 C
3) Paid party for 15B w/ certified check in C money
4) Selling party had done all the homework
⁃ provided me with official evidence that no liens were outstanding on their trailer
⁃ an original letter from Insurance Corporation of BC (ICBC) that seller was indeed the owner of the 15B (VIN # included) and letter stamped as official
⁃ Vehicle Registration form from ICBC which indicated the seller was the registered owner and his signature thereon was evidence of transferring ownership to me. Essential this is their form of our "pink slip" or title.
⁃ took me to the government insurance office (located in a Home Depot type of store) where I purchased insurance which made me legal with authorities as long as I was in Canada, $78
⁃ trailer had all the necessary labels indicating full compliance with US safety (DOT) requirements
5) pickup plus trailer ferry crossing $178
6) passed through US border in about 30 minutes but then needed to pull over to the office area for form 7501
7) took about 60 minutes for US officials to fill out form 7501. Should have been less than 15 minutes but 'official' wasn't adept with computer. Official went out to verify VIN # but that was all.
8) No US fees or taxes.
9) California DMV was slow but eventually deemed all the documents in order.
10) I was lucky the Canadian seller knew exactly what I needed. Canadians are great.
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Old 08-20-2013, 09:39 AM   #2
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We had a similar good experience in July. We had transferred funds to the seller ahead of time so that was already done.

Our seller had prepared the ICBC Transfer/Tax form but we never needed it either at the border or with our DMV office. We were not staying in Canada and not getting the Canadian insurance so that might have been the difference.

We had filled out the 7501 form ahead of time (Actually Tammy at Escape filled it out even though we were picking up a used trailer) and that saved some time...we only spent about 15 minutes at the Border office while they checked the forms and and VIN #.

It goes smoothly as long as you have the right paperwork. Then you just have to find someone in your local DMV that understands that they REALLY don't have a 'title' in Canada like we do in the US!
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:08 PM   #3
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RE: "...Then you just have to find someone in your local DMV that understands that they REALLY don't have a 'title' in Canada like we do in the US!"

I just returned this morning from my local New Mexico DMV, where I tried and failed to get my 19 (pre)registered. I had in hand the Bill of Sale, the factory Certificate of Origin, and all the other pre-documents for Customs that Tammy sent me.


I am due pick up the trailer in Sumas late next week. Wanted to bring plates with me. My local DMV refused.
  1. Said cannot process until vehicle has gone through Customs.
  2. Said Need a completed Customs document.
  3. Said cannot do temp plates on out-of-country sales.
  4. Said they must see the trailer to confirm physical inspection of VIN.
Now What?
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1. Said cannot process until vehicle has gone through Customs.
When your Escape crosses the border, you'll have to go into the office and show them your documents and they will complete Form 7501, a single page form. If you bring into US, no problem. If someone else (a broker), then I don't know what happens. You might have to pay import fees/taxes, I just don't know.

2. ..completed customs doc...that's Form 7501

4. when you register at your DMV w/ your Escape in tow, they will verify the "sticker" that the Escape construction conforms to US DOT specs. You'll have no problem.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:22 PM   #5
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RE: "...Then you just have to find someone in your local DMV that understands that they REALLY don't have a 'title' in Canada like we do in the US!"

I just returned this morning from my local New Mexico DMV, where I tried and failed to get my 19 (pre)registered. I had in hand the Bill of Sale, the factory Certificate of Origin, and all the other pre-documents for Customs that Tammy sent me.



I am due pick up the trailer in Sumas late next week. Wanted to bring plates with me. My local DMV refused.
  1. Said cannot process until vehicle has gone through Customs.
  2. Said Need a completed Customs document.
  3. Said cannot do temp plates on out-of-country sales.
  4. Said they must see the trailer to confirm physical inspection of VIN.
Now What?

Check with Dave in Corrales...he was able to get his plates ahead of time just a month ago! We couldn't get ours ahead of time because it was a used trailer but, according to Dave's experience, you should be able to get tags for yours.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:44 PM   #6
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If you can't make any progress just take your plate from the Scamp - if you still have it - and put them on the Escape when it gets delivered to you in Sumas. Since the plate stays with the person in NM you can continue to use that plate on the Escape even after you get it registered here.

Since ours was used, we brought the plate from our sold Scamp with us and had it put on when we picked the trailer up at the Escape factory. Just brought the paperwork with us in case we got stopped on the way home but it was never a problem.
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each state has their own rules, it is possible sometimes to put your old plate on and transfer the registration upon return,as long as you have insurance you should be good to go.
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Thanks.... Spoke with Dave... going to Rio Rancho at dawn tomorrow.
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Thanks.... Spoke with Dave... going to Rio Rancho at dawn tomorrow.
Good luck and have a safe trip to Chilliwack and back!
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Our camper will not be delivered until the 16th. Last week we took all the papers Tammy sent us and our old tag from the Casita to the DMV. All they wanted was the bill of sale and certificate of origin. They transferred our plate, gave us registration paperwork and said the title should take about a week. We may have the title before it is delivered. All they wanted was the big check for the taxes.

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