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Re: Process to import from US to Canada?
We imported our current boat ourselves. Easy. All you need is a legal bill of sale, and documentation about the where and when the boat was built. If it is a Documented boat (equivalent to Registered in Canada) then you need to first unDocument the boat in the US. This is done through the submission of a form to the USCG (I think ... confirm that one).
Otherwise, just show up at the border, and prepare to pay your GST & PST, as you would on all imported items.
One additional wrinkle is that non-North American boats are subject to duty of up to 9.5%. If the boat was built in North America, then you're covered under NAFTA; no duties. But if it comes from outside the NAFTA zone, then they hit you with import duties.
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