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Canada. Entry paperwork

Hello,

I'm looking for information please on the relevant paperwork needed for an air freighted motorbike into Vancouver. It'll only be for a week or two before moving on to the US.

Also, is Canada on the list of counries that require a Carnet?

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Not sure what is specifically required to enter Canada as a foreign resident, but no carnet needed for Canada.
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Hello,

I'm looking for information please on the relevant paperwork needed for an air freighted motorbike into Vancouver. It'll only be for a week or two before moving on to the US.

Also, is Canada on the list of counries that require a Carnet?

Many thanks
As already stated, no Carnet. There is no Carnet needed for North/Central/South America.

Your shipper will help you fill in the relevant forms, shipping to Canada is pretty straight forward. We used James Cargo to get to Toronto last year.

Just make sure you have insurance.

For the US, make sure you have the EPA docs done, they may not want to see them when you cross a land border, but best to be safe.
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Thanks very much for the replies.

On the subject of insurance, does anyone have recommendations for any insurance companies willing to insure foreign registered bikes on a short term basis for Canada and the US?
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I got a quote from Motorcycle Express - Ship Your Bike
$658 for 6 months cover in the US and Canada
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We shipped into Montreal 5 months ago.
Dead easy getting the bikes cleared. We did get the EPA forms but nobody asked to see them.
We got our bike insurance through Progressive in the US, Canada is covered.
One thing though, you will need an address in the US, We just got on the ADV forum and asked for help and got several replies. Easy really.

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We shipped into Montreal 5 months ago.
Dead easy getting the bikes cleared. We did get the EPA forms but nobody asked to see them.
We got our bike insurance through Progressive in the US, Canada is covered.
One thing though, you will need an address in the US, We just got on the ADV forum and asked for help and got several replies. Easy really.

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There is no harm in being prepared with an address, but who wanted it ?

The EPA didn't, nor did US customs. They were happy with our explanations of what we were doing.

The only address we needed was for our 1st night in Canada, so that the shippers had an address for us.
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Why are you moving to the US right away, if Canada is worth shipping to then Canada is worth visiting, a lifetime to explore and never see all of it!!

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Why are you moving to the US right away, if Canada is worth shipping to then Canada is worth visiting, a lifetime to explore and never see all of it!!

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I agree with this, it is the world's second biggest country and until Charlie Booringman started his latest series had rarely seen or read any travel articles specifically about Canada, I hope to spend a fair part of my north American trip there next year.
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I'm planning a similar trip in early 2013 although we are planning on spending several weeks in Canada before crosssing into the US. Is it best to get the EPA form done before we leave the UK or can it be done from Canada? It asks for things like port and date of entry to the US. I've got no intention of planning that kind of detail more than a few days in advance!
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Why are you moving to the US right away, if Canada is worth shipping to then Canada is worth visiting, a lifetime to explore and never see all of it!!

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You have a point, but when we shipped last year.

a) It was cheaper to ship to Toronto than New York
b) Getting a one flight was easier to Canada than the US
c) Paper work is easier to Canada
d) The flight (our selves ) was cheaper
e) Security checks pre-flight were easier (non of this making sure all details were with the airline 3 days before flight etc)
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I'm planning a similar trip in early 2013 although we are planning on spending several weeks in Canada before crosssing into the US. Is it best to get the EPA form done before we leave the UK or can it be done from Canada? It asks for things like port and date of entry to the US. I've got no intention of planning that kind of detail more than a few days in advance!
Give them a date, explain it may be "moveable" and cross at one of the "lesser" crossing points.

They land border guards will not be interested in it.
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Growler,

I'd love to spend more time in Canada, unfortunately I only have a limited amount of time available to me.
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I'd love to spend more time in Canada, unfortunately I only have a limited amount of time available to me.
Yeah, it can be the pits sometimes, so much to see, so little time. Maybe next time

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