Receiving a vehicle or a motorcycle as a gift or inheritance from family in Canada

If you are fortunate to have received a vehicle or motorcycle as a gift or as an inheritance from family in Canada and need to import the vehicle into the USA, then you have come across the appropriate company. US Canada Auto Transport specializes in gifts and inheritances.

A gift or an inheritance is technically the same thing when considering the import implications for the USA. Even though you did not pay for the vehicle, the vehicle still has a value and you will need to obtain the book value of the vehicle. You can do that by visiting the Kelly Blue Book (KBB) on line and completing the questionnaire or visiting the NADA guides. The value will form the basis upon which any taxes will be levied if applicable.

Now consider the vehicle age. If the vehicle is over 25 years of age it automatically is grandfathered out of US Department of Transport (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. If the vehicle is under 25 years of age, the vehicle will need to be compliant with US DOT and EPA requirements. The vehicle may have US compliance labels affixed or you will need to obtain a Letter of Compliance from the vehicle manufacturer.

If the vehicle was manufactures in North America then you are in luck. No US import duty or manufacturers processing fee (MPF) is applicable. However, if the vehicle was manufactured outside of North America, then these fees are applicable.

In addition to the taxes, a Single Entry Bond is required for all items imported into the USA. US Canada Auto Transport can arrange the paperwork for your gift or inheritance and collect all the fees that are applicable. Don’t be overwhelmed by the regulations, we are experienced and knowledgeable in cross border shipments and are only a phone call away for your solution.

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