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Import Rules, Regulations, Policies & Procedures
To Import Japan Used Cars In Canada

Check all the key points related to import rules, regulations, policies, documentations, duties and taxes, inspections, restrictions, shipping ports, etc. which you should keep in mind while importing Used Cars from Japan to Canada

Year Restriction

Min. 15 Years Old

Destination Port

Halifax, Vancouver

Time of Shipment

RoRo (09-14 Days)

Vessel Schedule

RoRo (Fortnightly)

Shipping Line



No Inspection Required

Used Car Import Rules & Regulations in Canada


Age Restriction

Importation of used vehicles with more than 15 years old is restricted in Canada.

Left-hand drive vehicles

Importation of left-hand drive vehicles is permitted in the Canadian country. Vehicles drive on the right hand side of the road.

Before Importing Your Vehicle

The first thing you need to do is find out whether the car you’re importing is even importable into Canada. Many cars destined for the US market do not meet Canadian safety standards (especially newer ones), and are therefore not importable at all. Note specifically that the person at the border was quite surprised that my MR2 was acceptable it seems that many late model Toyotas do not qualify. Transport Canada has an agreement with a private firm, Livingston International, which is now operating as the Registrar of Imported Vehicles. If you call them, and give them the year, make, and model of vehicle, they will tell you whether the car is legally allowed to be imported into Canada.

Used Cars Import Duties And Taxes In Canada

Import Duty:

Import Duty is only applicable to non-NAFTA vehicles and is calculated at 6.1%. NAFTA cars are vehicles that have been manufactured or have been assembled in Canada, the US or Mexico with a minimum of 55% content. A NAFTA vehicle is exempt of ANY tariffs, duties or taxes when sold in Canada, the US or Mexico. You should call the Border Information Service (BIS) number listed at the end of this section to verify that the vehicle you intend to purchase is in fact duty free.

Goods & Services Tax (GST):

Whenever any vehicle (new or used) is imported into Canada it is subject to a GST tax of 5%. You pay this tax immediately to Canada Customs Agents at the time of bringing the car over the border. (You would also pay this tax on any new vehicle purchased in Canada and any used vehicle purchased at a registered car dealer in Canada)

Provincial Sales Tax (PST):

Once a vehicle is successfully imported, a provincial sales tax is payable at the time of registration in Canada. PST is based on the current tax rate for your respective province or jurisdiction. It should be calculated at the exchange rate prevailing in the hour that you register the car, but in practice many provincial insurance agents use the official Canada Customs receipt to calculate provincial taxation.

Air Conditioning Tax:

If your vehicle has air conditioning, a $100 Air Conditioning tax is also payable. It is paid immediately upon crossing the border.

Excess Weight Tax:

You will have to pay additional excise taxes if your vehicle weighs more than 2,007 kilograms or 4,425 pounds.

Gas Guzzler Tax:

On March 19, 2007 the Canadian Federal government introduced a new excise tax on fuel-inefficient vehicles. This applies to all new vehicles purchased in Canada or imported from the US. Automobiles that have a weighted average fuel consumption rating of 13 or more litres per 100 kilometres will be subject to the excise tax at the following rates:

Other Fees

RIV fee:

In order to process a US vehicle, the Canadian Registrar of Imported Vehicles collects a fee of $195.00 + GST in all provinces except Quebec where it is $195.00 + GST and QST immediately when you bring the car over the border. This fee applies to all vehicles imported into Canada.

Provincial Safety & Emissions Inspection Fees:

Most provinces and territories also have their own safety-inspection and emissions programs. For more details, check with the motor vehicle department of your province or territory.

Used Cars Import Documentation in Canada


Temporary Importing a Vehicle

A vehicle can be imported temporarily to Canada when:

Importing A Non-Regulated Vehicle

Some vehicles are defined as non-regulated, which makes them exempt from having to comply with the Motor Vehicle Safety Act when they are manufactured or imported.

Examples of Non-Regulated Vehicles

Import Procedures for Non-Regulated Vehicles

If the car is acceptable, you will also need the following paperwork

Also note that if the car is newer than the 1990 model year, you will be expected to have the car retrofitted with the equivalent of the Canadian Daytime Running Light system. This procedure can be done after the car is in Canada, but you must have it completed and inspected within 45 days of importation.

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