Border Crossing

Special Notes To Our American Visitors

The process of crossing the border can be simple and quick with the proper preparation.

There are 2 basic categories.

Process for transport company moving the team equipment.

  • Print and bring the CBSA Letter and bond (ref link below)
  • Complete and print detail inventory of truck contents (ref link below)
  • Trucking company will need to obtain an ACI manifest, Your carrier should know how to do this
  • Proof of Citizenship for all occupants (ref proof of Citizenship bellow)
  • Arrive at border and be prepared to show Canada Customs all of the above documents if they ask.

Process for owners or race team carrying their personal race car and items.

  • If you follow this process you must accompany the race car at the border.
  • Have proof of ownership on hand.
  • Print and bring the CBSA Letter and bond (ref link below)
  • Complete and print detail inventory of truck contents (ref link below)
  • No ACI manifest is required
  • Proof of Citizenship for all occupants (ref proof of Citizenship bellow)
  • Arrive at border and advise them this is for personal race team be prepared to show Canada Customs all of the above documents if they ask.

 

Important Documents and information:

2017 CBSA Letter and Bond for CTMP (Print and have on hand)

Example detail inventory (Complete, Print and have on hand)

 

  1. Proof of Citizenship:

You will require proof of citizenship at Customs. A passport or birth certificate plus photo ID will be required. For latest info go to http://www.cbsa.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html

  1. Customs Information Regarding Race Cars and Non-Licensed Vehicles:

(a) Make sure you have something that proves that you own the race car you are bringing in: ownership, registration, V.I.N. #, etc.

(b) Make a list of the race equipment you have in your car, trailer or tow vehicle. You don’t need to list every socket, but a good overall inventory will help, especially if you have big expensive items (e.g. compressors, generators, extra tires and wheels).

(c) Promotional goods for sale are not allowed.

  1. Guns:

Guns must be declared at the border. Customs may hold all guns at the border, issue a receipt and return the gun on re-entry to the USA. An option would be to fill out a “Non-resident firearms declaration form” for a fee of $50Cdn and authorized by a customs agent. If you fail to declare and the gun is found, you risk confiscation and criminal proceedings. We strongly recommend that you do not bring guns into Canada.

  1. Rules of the road

(a) Radar / Laser detectors are illegal in Canada and will be confiscated if found in a vehicle. You will also be fined. Police forces in Canada are equipped with both radar and laser guns and are using them everywhere, particularly on the multi-lane highways.

(b) Canadian laws require that driver and all passengers wear seatbelts.

(c) The speed limit on 400 series hwy are 100kph or 62mph. Typically 80kph on secondary roads.

(Ontario has reciprocal ticket agreement with many states)

  1. Alcohol and Drugs:

(a) You will be allowed to import 1 40oz. bottle of liquor or wine or 1 case (24) of beer per person over 19yrs.

(b) Illegal drugs are prohibited. If in possession, you will be arrested and subject to prosecution.

(c) For prescription drugs, please provide prescription proof if requested.

 

The last recommendation: Don’t be a wise-guy with Customs. They don’t have a sense of humour!

Actually they do, just not on the job.

 

For additional information contact Canada Customs at: 1-416-973-8022 or visit their web-site at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/contact/menu-eng.html.