Importation of U.S. vehicles by Canadians: Government of Canada to clarify and ease the process of importing with amendments to regulations

    OTTAWA, Nov. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada is proposing an
amendment to the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (MVSR) to clarify and make
it easier for Canadians to import vehicles from the United States built as of
September 1, 2007, which are already equipped with an electronic
immobilization system or can be fitted with one.
    The proposed amendment will be published in the Canada Gazette Part I on
December 1, 2007. It would modify section 12 of the Motor Vehicle Safety
Regulations as it pertains to importing new vehicles sold in the United
States. Interested parties have 15 days to comment. The proposed regulation
would take effect shortly after the consultation period.
    "Our government is committed to ensuring safety on Canadian roads and
highways," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities. "This amendment will simplify and clarify the
process for Canadians importing U.S. vehicles, to ensure those vehicles meet
our requirements with respect to anti-theft immobilizers."
    As of September 1, 2007, the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations require
that all new cars, vans, light trucks and SUVs sold in Canada or imported into
Canada come equipped with electronic, anti-theft immobilizers.
    Canada requires these systems in response to the public's desire to
reduce the trend of thefts for convenience and to protect innocent parties
from serious accidents, injury and death.
    The proposed amendment will offer more flexibility to Canadians wishing
to import vehicles and maintains efforts to ensure safety on our roads.
However, before buying a vehicle in the U.S., Canadians should check with the
Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) about the rules and process for importing
vehicles (
    Transport Canada's Registrar of Imported Vehicles program verifies that
new vehicles sold at the retail level in the U.S. and imported for use in
Canada meet Canadian safety requirements. Imported vehicles may have to be
modified to meet requirements for daytime running lights, child tether
anchorage systems and anti-theft immobilization devices.
    Questions on duties and taxes on imported goods, including vehicles,
should be directed to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at
1-800-461-9999 (in Canada) or 1-506-636-5064 (outside Canada).
    While the provincial and territorial governments have jurisdiction for
after-market additions to motor vehicles, Transport Canada develops standards
and regulations for new vehicles manufactured or imported for use in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Karine White, Press Secretary, Office of the
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700;
Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is
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