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Old 07-14-2008, 10:25 AM
 
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Greetings:

I am seeking advice about how to move personal things from the USA across the border into Canada at the Pigeon River crossing.

I am American and my boyfriend and soon-to-be-husband is Canadian. We met in the USA last October and have been crossing the border many, many times to see each other.

We will be sponsoring each other (family) to our respective countries as soon as my divorce is final (October 2008). However in the meantime, does anyone know what will happen if I crossed the border with a small trailer or a van filled with personal stuff.....furniture, 50cc scooter, household items and clothing?

Will they want me to pay duty on the items? Would it be better for my boyfriend to bring a trailer or van down and cross the border with the stuff?

Is there a web site that I can go to to correspond with the Pigeon River crossing Canadian officials?
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:34 PM
 
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While there is likely no specific site for a specific crossing, importation information is available on the Canada Border Services web site.

In a general sense, here's how things work.

Canada Border Services assumes that people who enter Canada as visitors will bring with them the items they need for their short stay. CBS often views the attempted importation of "non-visitor" items like furniture as a sign that the visitor may plan on staying permanently. This is often grounds for being denied entry.

Three things could happen if you pull up at the border with a load of household items:
-- you could be waved right through (unlikely)
-- you could be asked why you are importing items of a permanent nature, and your explaination could be accepted
-- you could be denied entry altogether

If your boyfriend shows up at the border with a load of stuff, he'll likely be asked where he obtained it. If he claims it's his personal belongings which he acquired while in the US, he'll likely be asked for proof of purchase. Any items which exceed his duty-free allowance will need to be paid for.

On the plus side, if you can wait until you've been accepted as a Permanent Resident, you will be allowed to bring in all the normal household possessions you like without paying duty or taxes.

As a side note, if your divorce is granted in the US and you plan on marrying in Ontario, please check into the requirements for obtaining a marriage licence. You will likely have to retain an Ontario lawyer to review your divorce decree, and then apply for clearence from the Ontario Registrar before being granted a licence.
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Old 07-17-2008, 08:24 AM
 
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Thanks Cornerguy1. If I do get married in Canada, it will be in my boyfriend's home province of British Columbia.....Vancouver Island to be exact. Do you know if a lawyer will need to review the divorce in BC?
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Old 07-17-2008, 01:59 PM
 
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Thanks Cornerguy1. If I do get married in Canada, it will be in my boyfriend's home province of British Columbia.....Vancouver Island to be exact. Do you know if a lawyer will need to review the divorce in BC?

Registrations of Births, Deaths and Marriages are provincial jurisdictions, so each province likely has a slightly different procedure.

Your best bet would be to contact the British Columbia Registrar of Births .

Good luck.
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