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Old 05-26-2010, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Woodbury, MN
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My husband and I are moving to Toronto (with a work visa) in June. We are going to drive our car with our 2 dogs from Minnesota. We just started planning our route. I guess we have to notify the port of entry 3 days prior to our arrival as they need to know about the car we are importing or something? Mmmm. Well, is Sarnia a better place to enter VS. Detroit? Thanks for any information or tips on the immigration proccess!

Danielle
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Old 05-27-2010, 12:52 PM
 
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My guess is Sarnia is more direct routes than Detroit.
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Old 05-27-2010, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I'd definitely enter the counry at Detroit, you can avoid going that far north for no reason.
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:16 PM
 
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Actually, the mileage difference between Detroit/Windsor and Port Huron/Sarnia is negligible.

The pluses for crossing at Sarnia: you avoid the traffic issues of metropolitan Detroit and Sarnia is a much less congested Customs terminal.

As a refresher, you might want to check out the vehicle importation requirements demanded by both the US and Canada at Registrar of Imported Vehicles - Importing a Vehicle

Personally, I'd drive the extra ten miles and cross at Sarnia.

As with crossing any border, have all your documentation filled in and at the ready, provide honest direct answers, and don't attempt to see if Customs officials have a sense of humour.
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Old 05-28-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Try the Minnesota Border....
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Old 06-03-2010, 09:50 AM
 
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Another vote for Sarnia..
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Old 06-03-2010, 05:00 PM
 
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My husband and I are moving to Toronto (with a work visa) in June. We are going to drive our car with our 2 dogs from Minnesota. We just started planning our route. I guess we have to notify the port of entry 3 days prior to our arrival as they need to know about the car we are importing or something? Mmmm. Well, is Sarnia a better place to enter VS. Detroit? Thanks for any information or tips on the immigration proccess!

Danielle
Do you have to go through the hassle of importing your car if you not entering Canada as permanent residents?
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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Do you have to go through the hassle of importing your car if you not entering Canada as permanent residents?
This may provide some clarification:

"VISITORS AND TOURISTS TO CANADA
Under Section 7(1)(b) of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act, a motor vehicle may be admitted temporarily into Canada without complying with the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations if it is to be used exclusively by a person entering Canada as a visitor or a person passing through Canada to another country. Persons entering under a work permit or student visa will be considered as visitors for the application of this section of the Act. Any change in the status of the person entering the vehicle may invalidate the use of this section of the Act. The vehicle cannot be sold or otherwise disposed of while in Canada and cannot remain in Canada for a period longer than the time constraints listed on the work permit, student visa or any other Customs documents. Once these time limits are exceeded, the vehicle no longer qualifies for temporary entry under section 7(1)(b) of the Act and must be exported. As the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency also has requirements concerning the importation of vehicles, you may contact them at the address listed below."

Source: Importation of vehicles into Canada from countries other than the United States - Vehicle Importation - Safe Vehicles - Road and Motor Vehicle Safety - Road Transportation - Transport Canada


I'm driving my US-registered car through the border on Friday, entering Canada on a tourist visa. I'll update this thread if I find out bringing the car was more of a hassle than anticipated.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:47 PM
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As in tomorrow? Let me know how it goes because I'm looking into driving up some time this summer to see family.
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Old 06-03-2010, 06:53 PM
 
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As in tomorrow? Let me know how it goes because I'm looking into driving up some time this summer to see family.

Yes, tomorrow. My last 20 hours in the US...[sigh]
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