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Old 10-06-2016, 19:38   #1
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Importing a boat from U.S. to Canada

Thinking of importing a 38 foot boat from California to Vancouver Island in Canada. Part of the trip is by truck (transporting the boat) the other, sailing it across the border. Curious if anyone on here has purchased a boat in the U.S. and brought it to Canada and if there were any surprises in the process. I'm doing my homework, costing it all out but I can't help but think I might miss something in the planning. Like one suggestion from a girl at a marina in Washington said, "call the government about invasive species, you need to clean the boat substantially before it enters WA." - note to self.
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Old 10-06-2016, 19:48   #2
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We bought our current boat in Wisconsin. Sailed it home to Thunder Bay, where we formally imported. No big deal at all. Just declare it as you would anything. Present proper bill of sale. Be prepared to pay taxes (HST or PST/GST). Only slight challenge was to ensure it was de-registered in the US (if the boat is Registered).
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Old 11-06-2016, 09:02   #3
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We bought our current boat in Wisconsin. Sailed it home to Thunder Bay, where we formally imported. No big deal at all. Just declare it as you would anything. Present proper bill of sale. Be prepared to pay taxes (HST or PST/GST). Only slight challenge was to ensure it was de-registered in the US (if the boat is Registered).
Thanks for the info Mike I appreciate it!
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The only "invasive" species issues I'm aware of are for boats going into freshwater, Quagga Mussels being the biggest problem in the west now. Nothing in the Pacific at 33 degrees trying to invade up to 45 degrees that I'm aware of.
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You do know that you can register your boat in Canada and keep it in the States and avoid paying any Canadian tax.
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The only "invasive" species issues I'm aware of are for boats going into freshwater, Quagga Mussels being the biggest problem in the west now. Nothing in the Pacific at 33 degrees trying to invade up to 45 degrees that I'm aware of.
Thanks Ted that makes sense, I will be calling all the states I'm traveling through regardless just to be sure.
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You do know that you can register your boat in Canada and keep it in the States and avoid paying any Canadian tax.
It might be a bit too far for us to drive to Tsawwassen to get to our boat each time we want to take her out, but that is an interesting thought!
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I googled it.

one of the hits was this:

Pat's Boating in Canada

If you google it you'll also get the Canadian websites that explain it all.

Like this one:

Importing marine pleasure craft
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It might be a bit too far for us to drive to Tsawwassen to get to our boat each time we want to take her out, but that is an interesting thought!
Well as we both know it depends on the selling price of the boat and the tax owed. Good luck on your purchase!
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I brought mine in to Victoria after purchasing in Seattle...was a breeze. I used

MARINE TITLES (CANADA) LTD.
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400-1681 Chestnut Street, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6J 4M6 TEL 604•736•3377 FAX 604•736•3072
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They registered the boat nationally for me including a name change, deregistered it with US coast guard & also did paperwork so I had temporary registration for the 3 months it took Canada to send me my paperwork...
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Very simple as long as it is a US or Canadian built boat. You pay the tax for the province you import into. Be aware that boats bult elsewhere will incur various duties depending on the country of origin. Example, French built boats incur an additional 9% duty.
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I've done it twice. Once for a CG documented vessel (Hunter 35.5), the other non registered or licensed (Cal 25 under 10hp).

The registrar of ships in Toronto made it pretty easy. Make sure you get the right CG docs at the time of sale...I think one has to be notarized. Wasn't a problem for me, since I purchased from a lawyer in an office full or notaries.

I used a customs broker. His fee was modest, but the GST was painful.

I had a new name and port of entry on the boat, and a brand new blue book in short order. Yes, there's some paperwork, and some fees, but nothing too difficult. Make a list, and stick to it. Good luck.
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I brought mine in to Victoria after purchasing in Seattle...was a breeze. I used

MARINE TITLES (CANADA) LTD.
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They registered the boat nationally for me including a name change, deregistered it with US coast guard & also did paperwork so I had temporary registration for the 3 months it took Canada to send me my paperwork...
Thanks Eder. I've looked into doing it all myself didn't seem too complicated, but I'm sure I'll miss something. I wonder if a broker would help with the deregistration? will ask. Can you tell me what their fee was like?
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...I used a customs broker. His fee was modest, but the GST was painful.
Thanks! I'm lucky in BC so it's only PST that I pay. However I called the CGov hotline and a woman said I had to pay 12% PST as a boat is not considered "goods/services" but after doing further research I think she was wrong and I only have to pay 7% which would be a huge bonus.

Some info for any other boaters importing into BC: http://www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/documents_l...ns/pst_108.pdf

"If you bring a boat into BC from outside Canada, you must pay PST at the rate of 7% on the taxable value of the boat. The taxable value is the value of the boat as determined under the
Excise Tax Act (Canada)."
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Dead easy, just remember to get your "out of country for X days" allowance.
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