Shipping a vehicle to Canada from the United States through the Blaine border crossing is a process that requires careful planning and adherence to specific customs and border procedures. Located in the state of Washington, Blaine serves as a significant gateway for auto shipments into Canada.
We ship a significant number of vehicles through this border point every day. Situated on the Pacific Coast, it is the largest crossing point for vehicle shipments between the US and Canada.
Operating Hours and Restrictions
Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) operates a 24-hour port at Pac Highway. However, US Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) in Blaine, WA, has restricted operating hours that affect vehicle exports. USCBP only allows vehicle exports from Monday to Friday between 8 AM and 3:30 PM.
Documentation Requirements and Timelines
USCBP has specific requirements for exporting vehicles, including the submission of essential documentation at least 72 hours before export. This documentation includes a copy of the title and bill of sale, which must be emailed to USCBP’s office using the designated email address BLAINE-OFOEXPORT@dhs.gov. It’s crucial to note that USCBP does not consider weekend hours when calculating the 72-hour minimum.
Title Endorsement and Lien Considerations
The title of the vehicle must be endorsed from the seller in the USA to the buyer in Canada. If the vehicle was purchased through a third party, such as a dealership, the endorsement should also reflect the dealership’s involvement.
If there is an existing lien on the vehicle to be exported, USCBP requires an original notarized letter of permission from the lien holder, granting permission for the vehicle to be exported. Additionally, a copy of the title needs to be emailed to USCBP Blaine, WA.
Upon arrival at the border during the specified operating hours, the original documents (title and bill of sale) must be presented to USCBP for export clearance. Once the vehicle’s export status is officially endorsed on the title, the shipper can proceed to the Canadian side to complete the necessary Canadian importing formalities with CBSA.