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    Before I begin, I apologize if this is posted in the wrong place. I don’t use forums very much. Or at all.

    Anyway, my name’s Sean, and I’m an antique truck enthusiast (like most of you). I particularly like old Canadian trucks, like Hayes, Pacific, Scot, etc. I’ve currently got my eye on one of the latter; a ‘70s C2HD located just east of Ottawa, and I’d like to bring it home. The problem is that I live in Spokane, WA, USA. That’s about 2,300 miles and one border crossing away. So, not exactly optimal. And, because I’m currently studying for my engineering degree, I can’t physically go to Ottawa to inspect it or fill out paperwork or anything. Thankfully, the owner has been very accommodating; sharing pictures and videos and technical information. That’s not really the big concern anyway, though. It’s not like there are many other options when it comes to buying a Scot cabover.
    My problem is that I’ve never imported anything from Canada before, much less a truck. But surely I can’t be the only one to have wanted/needed to do something like this, right? So, for those of you who have brought some old iron down across the border (or know how to), some advice as to what I’d need to do to move forward, or who to get in touch with to get more information would be greatly appreciated. I’m currently pretty lost as to what to do with all these import regulations and paperwork that looks to be required. I’m not really even sure how payment and transfer of ownership works across the border.
    It’s just that I’ve been looking for one of these for a while, and I’d hate to miss out on an opportunity like this.
    Anyway, thank you all for your time.

    Happy Trucking,

  • #2
    Contact George Tackaberry in Athens ONT.. He moves vehicles back and forth across the border all the time and should be able to help. I think he might have a website????


    • #3
      even though i didnt buy or sell much in canada
      we did do lots of freight across the borders
      most of our freight was considered ;;in transit;; so we could deal with our own paperwork for the most part
      but sometimes there were imports/exports and when that came up we just called our customs broker to deal with the bs
      we used perman stoler
      and there are outher customs brokerages they can answer that kind thing thats what they do


      • #4
        I've made several trips across the border and agree with the broker. In my experience if canadisn customs suggest you go down the block and visit one of the brokers. Take his advise! When we hauled cars from Canada into the US it had to be accessible at Canadian customs and all the dot stickers under the hood had to be there, that was in the 80s. Antique vehicles has to be different. I've shi]ppd a lot of paint into Canada and done my own paper work so it can be done..

        oh. If shipping into Canada if you call your shipment a sample it's duty free. 😄


        • #5
          I will look further into all these; thank you all for the help!