Doing Customs yourself the Quick Guide

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  1. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Doing Customs yourself the Quick Guide
    I figured it was time a guide like this was posted
    1. You need all the Documents from Japan
    - Bill of Lading (Needs to be Surrendered make sure your Exporter does this)
    - Export Certificate
    - Translation of Export Certificate
    - Bill of Sale

    2. Now you wait, Once the car lands, the Dock (WWL) will contact you, they will fax/email the cargo Manifest, and other Info from the Dock, Once you have all this info you fill in the “Request for release Approval”

    3. Fax it into the number on the top of the page, it takes them up to a 48 hours to get this processed and stamped, they will then fax it back to you. This costs $46

    4. At this point you should have.
    - Export Certificate
    - Translation of Export Certificate
    - Bill of Lading (Surrendered)
    - Bill of Sale
    - Stamped Copy of Request for release Approval
    - Cargo control Abstract

    5. Call up Customs (604-666-0547) down town Vancouver and tell them you want to make an appointment to import a car and you want to fill out a form 1. Inform them that you have all the paperwork.

    6. Customs is Located 412-4th Floor, 1611 Main Street
    Vancouver, BC V6A 2W5.

    7. At Customs you will be paying 6.1% Duty, and 6% GST, Also they will ask you if your car has A/C if you say yes its another $100 they will charge.

    8. Once you have filled everything out they will Stamp “released” on everything, and then they will fax a copy of the release to the Dock

    9. Call the Dock WWL and schedule an appointment to go down there. 820 Dock Road, Delta

    10. Make sure you bring the following to ICBC and Tell them you want a Temp Permit to move your car (Do this on the way to pickup.)
    - Export Certificate
    - Translation of Export Certificate
    - Bill of Lading
    - Bill of Sale
    - Stamped Copy of Request for release Approval
    - Cargo control Abstract
    - Stamped Copy of Form 1

    11. Now at the Dock they will want Photo ID and they Only Take Cash for the Fees, Best to bring some gas with you, and tools, plan for the worst and hope for the best.

    12. Jump your car and Tape on your Temp permit and drive it home. Make sure you stop for Gas.

    13. Post on your your experience, as well as reviews for your exporter and pics of you ride.

    14. Feel free to PM me, or post a thread on the forum with any questions about the process.


    Helpful Contacts
    Al Thompson <alt@thompsonlogistics.com> (Customs Broker)
    (Al has been in the industry for a long time, and knows alot about both sides of importing and exporting)

    Ken Fukami<kfukami@paylinebyice.com> (Cheap wire transfers)
    (Ken is the go to guy for sending money to Japan, he can set up the process and make it nice and simple. He also imports cars from japan himself. So he knows the industry)

    I have some Informative Videos about the whole process Below:







     
    Last edited: May 3, 2014
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  2. massabsamurai

    massabsamurai New Member

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    thanks Ben!
     
  3. JamalS13

    JamalS13 I like cheese

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    So if i were to get a customs broker like Al would i contact him at step 5 or sooner?
     
  4. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    between step 2 and 3 would be optimal.. so you dont have to mess with the faxing..
     
  5. JamalS13

    JamalS13 I like cheese

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    Perfect! Thanks for clearing that up Ben!
     
  6. trev

    trev New Member

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    I probably know the answer to this, but I'm wondering if you can do this at a customs office at any airport, or if it has to be the Vancouver location.
    Anyone tried?
     
  7. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    This was discussed in a thread recently.. and the answer is no.. Airport customs doesnt have access to the Shipping line info or something like that. same reason you cant just do customs at the border crossing.
     
  8. rJZx

    rJZx New Member

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    When they charge you Duties,GST,PST (6.11%,5%,7%) is that based on just the vehicle price? Or is it based on the total amount you paid for the car to leave Japan?
    Thanks!
     
  9. Greg

    Greg Local Grumpy Moderator

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    It's the vehicle price + exporter fee.
     
  10. rJZx

    rJZx New Member

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    Thanks Greg!
     
  11. IMPUL

    IMPUL Collector of fine japanese lawn ornaments

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    Above it states 6% gst. Is that just for BC ? I thought it was 6.1% duty 5% gst.
     
  12. RyanV

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    My guess that was copied and pasted from a time when GST was transitioning down to 5%. It's 5% GST for everyone.
     
  13. IMPUL

    IMPUL Collector of fine japanese lawn ornaments

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    Ahhh.. What is due province by province at registeration?
    Is it pst or remaining hst?
    For example ontario has hst 13%
    So does that mean 8% due in Ontario?
     
  14. silent112

    silent112 Ryan

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    Is there a update to the CBSA office phone number, when I call it says the number is not assigned
     
  15. RyanV

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    Isn't it usually on the manifest or somewhere in the e-mail from WWL?
     
  16. silent112

    silent112 Ryan

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    The number they gave me was the 604 666 0547, I'll just keep calling.
     
  17. silent112

    silent112 Ryan

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    CBSA's new building on main doesn't require appointments.
    They're on the 4th floor right next to mcdonalds.
    [​IMG]
    I was in and out pretty quick. 2 minute walk from sky train as well.
     
  18. rJZx

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    Sorry for more clutter but I just got my bill of sale and is all the taxes and duties based on the FOB amount on the bill of sale? Thanks again
     
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    IMPUL Collector of fine japanese lawn ornaments

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  20. Dah_Hunter

    Dah_Hunter Looking over your shoulder, so you dont have to.

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    Ya some times the bills of sale have it all in one, and customs will just go by that.. whatever number they can get the most tax's out of you with normaly..

    :(