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Re: Canadian resident registering boat in US. Duty question

Originally Posted by bljones View Post
If the boat will be moored in Alaska and the OP is a US citizen who has an address in Alaska and the boat will only be used in Alaska, why is the OP not registering the boat using the Alaska address therefore doing everything all nice and legal-like and no issues with taxation?
This will not work. Because he lives in Canada he has to import the boat to transit BC. The boat will never see Canadian waters again. If he bought the boat in Washington and kept it there this would not be an issue. It's only because he wants to relocate the boat and has to transit through Canada to do so and he is a Canadian resident, that it becomes a problem.
I believe we should pay taxes that are due, but this import tax is unjustified. He does not want to import the boat. As a solution, before taking ownership, YKM can have anyone other than a Canadian take the boat through Canadian waters. He can even accompany the "rental" captain. That makes no sense
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