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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Importation of U.S. vehicles by Canadians: Government of Canada announces amendment to clarify and ease importation

Importation of U.S. vehicles by Canadians: Government of Canada announces amendment to clarify and ease importation

OTTAWA, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - The Government of Canada has amended the
Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations to make it easier for Canadians to import
vehicles from the United States built on or after September 1, 2007, that are
already equipped with an electronic immobilization system or that can be
fitted with one.
"Our government remains committed to ensuring the safety of Canadians on
our roads and highways," said the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. "This amendment clarifies the
process for importing vehicles from the U.S. with respect to electronic
anti-theft immobilization systems."
The amendment will also allow Transport Canada to immediately begin
clearing the backlog of cases involving Canadians who recently purchased
certain new U.S. models. These vehicles could not be imported because they
were not certified by the manufacturer to meet the Canadian standard for
anti-theft electronic 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 be equipped with electronic anti-theft immobilizers meeting a defined
Canadian standard.
Canada requires these systems in response to the public's desire to
reduce auto theft and to protect innocent parties from injury and death that
can result from car accidents caused by thieves. In addition, the insurance
industry has brought forward evidence that mechanical immobilizers can be
defeated using simple tools. Electronic anti-theft devices are more secure.
The amendment will offer more flexibility to Canadians wishing to import
vehicles and will continue efforts to ensure safety on our roads.
This amendment will modify section 12 of the Motor Vehicle Safety
Regulations as it pertains to importing vehicles purchased in the U.S. The
government's intention to introduce the amendment was first published in the
Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 1, 2007. Interested parties were given
15 days to comment. Final notice of adoption will be published in the Canada
Gazette, Part II, on December 26, 2007, at www.canadagazette.gc.ca.
While the provincial and territorial governments have jurisdiction over
after-market additions to motor vehicles, Transport Canada develops standards
and regulations for new vehicles manufactured or imported for use in Canada.
Before buying a vehicle in the U.S., Canadians should check with the
Registrar of Imported Vehicles about the rules and process for importing
vehicles (www.riv.ca). 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 about duties and taxes on imported goods, including vehicles,
should be directed to the Canada Border Services Agency at 1-800-461-9999 (in
Canada) or 1-506-636-5064 (outside Canada).

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
online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news releases and speeches at
apps.tc.gc.ca/listserv/ and keep up to date on the latest from Transport
Canada. This news release may be made available in alternative formats for
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