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Old 10-06-2007, 05:36   #1
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Importing a Boat From Canada To United States

Have any of you Americans bought a boat in Canada for import to the United States?

What is the procedure for this? Red tape involved? Documentation procedure? Anything to watch out for from a tax perspective?

Most of the best fishing boats I'm looking at are in Canada.

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Old 10-06-2007, 06:21   #2
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Sean.

I think Charlie might have?

His boats up around BC right now. Maybe you should PM him???

PS. Your PM mailbox is full!!
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Old 10-06-2007, 08:00   #3
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Hi Sean:

Boats up in BC now but it was actually a purchase of an US Documented boat in Canada and then brought out of the Canada and then brought back in to Canada to go cruising. All rather complex.

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Old 10-06-2007, 08:45   #4
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As long as the boat was built in North America it falls under the free trade deal so there is no duty to be paid. Paperwork is no big deal. No taxes need be paid in Canada if you are taking the boat to the US. You may be subject to tax at the final destination depending on where you register the boat.
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My boat was a registered Canadian vessel when I bought her. I had to "import" the boat into the USA and pay import duty on the sales price of the boat. I can dig up the receipt if you like, but I seem to remember that the duty was 2%. Also, if your potential new boat is a documented Canadian vessel, you also have to have it stricken from the Canadian Government records before it can be registered in any US state, or become a documented USA vessel. It took the Canadian Government about 3 weeks to process my request.

I had a boat broker help with all the paperwork, and it really wasn't all that difficult.

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Importing a Canadian-Made boat into the US is cheap (<2% includuing broker's fee) & Duty-Free (NAFTA).
You will need a customs broker, so might as well get the exact details from the broker now.
I think it cost me < $200 on a $30K declared value (not certain, but not much more)
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Ahhh... this is all a lot of good news! I'm glad to hear that any boat built in Canada will be able to be imported to the USA with only a very small fee. Thanks for the information.

Could it be that NAFTA has some small shred of value?

Uh oh... that's a bad question... could lead to serious thread derailment. Please don't answer.
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Could it be that NAFTA has some small shred of value?

I almost responded!!
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Importing a Canadian-Made boat into the US is cheap (<2% includuing broker's fee) & Duty-Free (NAFTA).
You still have state sales tax. NAFTA does not extend to the states just the federal government.
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Guys,

In Sean's original post, he made no mention if the boat was Canadian built.. or not. He simply asked about importing a boat which happens to be in Canada. A small distinction, but one that is applicable to US customs duty.

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Trekker (now PJs Song) was a US-built Endeavour documented in Canada for its orignal owner. When we purchased her we paid no import duties / fees whatsoever other than the USCG documentation fees.

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Importing a US Built boat back into US from Canada

So from what i am reading, it is simple to import a Knoxville TN built boat back into the USA from Novia Scotia Canada even though it might have been sold there new???? Any duty? I got the 2% but any other hidden items?
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In our similar case we paid nothing... no 2% duty, nothing. Only USCG documentation fees and State registration / sales tax in Texas. My guess is that import duty, if it was in effect at the time of original purchase and import to Canada, was paid for that transaction. No return-to-the-US duty should be invovled.
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Boat Import

Hello Rick,

We're in the process of shipping our own boat from Canada to our new residence here in Florida. I'm looking for a broker/freight forwarder to handle the paperwork at the border with my hauler. Do you have any connections o this issue?
I'm also woundering what are the imposed taxs and duties on our own boat? thanks, Lee

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My boat was a registered Canadian vessel when I bought her. I had to "import" the boat into the USA and pay import duty on the sales price of the boat. I can dig up the receipt if you like, but I seem to remember that the duty was 2%. Also, if your potential new boat is a documented Canadian vessel, you also have to have it stricken from the Canadian Government records before it can be registered in any US state, or become a documented USA vessel. It took the Canadian Government about 3 weeks to process my request.

I had a boat broker help with all the paperwork, and it really wasn't all that difficult.

Rick in Florida
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We're in the process of shipping our own boat from Canada to our new residence in Florida. I'm looking for a broker/freight forwarder to handle the paperwork at the US border with my hauler. Does anyone have information on this issue?
What are the taxs and duties on our own boat? thanks,
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