“Tow Behind” (Wheeled) Machinery & Trailer Mounted Machinery….are you declaring it properly to your broker?
Cole has noticed an increase in the number of penalties being issued by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) for not providing a properly completed “Form 13-0132, Vehicle Import Form – Form 1″ (Form 1) where required.
In most cases, the goods have been a piece of equipment that was either wheeled (tow behind type) or trailer mounted. Because of this increased focus by CBSA, we would like to clarify the documentation requirements on such “vehicles” for you.
The RIV is the Registrar of Imported Vehicles. It is Canada’s national program of vehicle registration, inspection and certification. The purpose of the program is to ensure vehicles being imported (that were originally manufactured for the U.S. market) meet the Canadian standards.
“Vehicle” Definition: Any vehicle that is capable of being driven or drawn on roads by any means other than muscular power exclusively, but does not include vehicles designed to run on rails.
Trailer mounted and wheeled equipment that will be towed behind vehicles on the road, do meet this definition and therefore must enter the RIV program and require the RIV Form 1 upon importation.
Note: This RIV requirement applies to vehicles that are less than 15 years old.
Examples of Tow Behind / Wheeled / Trailer Mounted Machinery:
Effects of Noncompliance:
Cole has found that CBSA does not give much leeway when a Form 1 is not provided as required. Simply put, if it’s missing – regardless of the reason and whether or not it was an unintentional oversight – a penalty will generally be issued. The infraction and penalty details are:
|C071||Person failed to provide required certificate, licence, permit or information before the goods are released||1st $500.00 2nd $750.00 3rd $1500.00|
What do you need to do?
Familiarize yourself with the types of equipment that your company deals with that commonly come wheeled, tow behind or trailer mounted.
If you encounter one of these items in the course of your duties in an import or export transaction, please ensure that you include it on the documentation you complete for that transaction and make it known to Cole.
With this information, we will be able to correctly classify your goods and submit any necessary RIV forms, thereby avoiding penalties by CBSA.
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