New U.S. regulations will make it very difficult or next to impossible for Canadian buyers to purchase U.S. vehicles privately, or for U.S. citizens to sell vehicles privately to Canadian buyers.
Effective April 5, the exporter (private vehicle seller) in the U.S. is required to file automated export system information. They have to report to the U.S. Census to tell them who they are, what they're sending, and who it's going to.
Since April 5, self-propelled vehicles exported from the U.S. to Canada are no longer exempt from AES filing. The filing must take place 72 hours prior to crossing the border.
A fine up to $10,000, under the U.S. Census Bureau foreign trade regulations, can be levied for failing to submit the AES information.
A potential problem is that to complete the AES filing, the U.S. seller is required to have a federal tax identification number called an EIN. Private individuals in the U.S. might not have an EIN number but, under the new rule, the American seller will have to get one to comply with the AES filing.
Please read following Winnipeg Free Press article for further details.http://www.winnipegfreepres...eware-258064351.html
These regulations will really put a damper on private U.S. vehicle sales to Canada and substantially reduce cross border trade. Even worst is the fact that the majority of private American and Canadian citizens aren't even aware of these new regulations!
Private U.S. sellers can face hefty fines for non-compliance with these new regulations and Canadian buyers could end up being stuck at the Border with purchased vehicles which can be denied export to Canada, and have no recourse to return sold vehicles to the sellers.
[This message has been edited by canfirst (edited 05-15-2014).]