Re: [DML] HELP! (Import from Canada)
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Re: [DML] HELP! (Import from Canada)

>From being a Custom's Inspector in Canada between Ft Erie Ontario and
Buffalo NY, the biggest piece of advice I can give is to call the US side of
the border crossing and ask them directly what you need (if anything) and be
sure to write down exactly who you spoke to.

There may be restrictions on which border crossing you can import a car,
don't be surprised if you are asked to cross at another crossing with the
ability to do a through back ground check to make sure there are no liens or
it is not stolen. Customs started a similar program in Canada, of the 4
border crossings near where I live, only one can be used to import vehicles
into Canada.

Although far from proof, I believe every Delorean shipped into North America
(even the 17xxx series) were fully in compliance with US regulations at the
time. There is probably a list of vehicle makes/models that meet or don't
meet these regulations that the Customs Officer will go by. From memory,
about the only car that had trouble going from Canada to the US was a Lada
which was made in Russia somewhere. Most of the problems importing cars are
from the US into Canada, because most often production cars are fully
compliant in the US but fall short Canadian regulations. How about a CARFAX
report showing US registration? I honestly don't think you will have much of
a problem, but again I would ask at the border crossing you are using
exactly what you need (don't trust information lines or general info from an
inland office - actually ask the officers that will deal with your car)

Mike Walsh
Former Canada Customs Officer #9303
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bernie" <bmanderville@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2005 4:46 PM
Subject: [DML] HELP! (Import from Canada)

> All,
> I just "re-imported" VIN 4045 back into the US from Canada.  I have
> to go to customs on Monday for the import paperwork.  Does anybody
> have anything that I can get that shows that this car was made for
> import into the US and meets all Federal standards of the time?  I
> have the orginal window sticker that shows port of entry, orginal
> sales reciept from a US dealer (no duty that way), plus other
> official paperwork.  I just want to make sure that these guy's don't
> give me the bueraucratic runaround, and that I have the answers they
> need when I get down to the docks, literally I have to go down to
> the docks for the inspection.  I need to present the car, and have
> them inspect it.  Luckily the guy I talked to today will be on
> vacation next week, so I may get someone more understanding and not
> so anal.
> When I came in from Canada, the guy just sort of waved me through
> after checking my creds.
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