Import Regulations
The law for importing left or right hand drive vehicles from countries other than America, allows for any vehicle (excluding buses) older than 15 years to the month, to be imported into Canada

One exception to the 15 year rule is for "competition vehicles". Competition Vehicles are designed for use exclusively in closed-course competition. These vehicles are exempt from the RIV program provided they bear an indelible bilingual label affixed by the manufacturer in a conspicuous location (usually on the fuel tank), stating: "This vehicle is a competition vehicle and is for use exclusively in closed-course competition” ("Ceci est /un véhicule de compétition destiné à être utilisé exclusivement dans les courses en circuit fermé”), or is accompanied by a signed declaration clearly indicating that the vehicle is a competition vehicle, and is for use exclusively in closed-course competition. This signed declaration must come from a racing sanctioning body, i.e. FIA, AMA, CART, etc. You also must get pre-shipment approval, by submitting a letter of intent, and pictures of the vehicle to Transport Canada ( If approved, it can be imported strictly for competition purposes.

How much will it all cost?
The approximate Japan side costs in Canadian dollars (depending on the current yen/dollar exchange rate, for example 100yen/$1.00), other than shipping which is calculated in $US consist of:
  • Vehicle cost at auction
  • $150-200 Auction house fee
  • $60-120 Transportation to nearest port
  • $150-200 Customs clearance
  • $1000 Japan Car Direct fee
  • Sample shipping cost to Vancouver RO/RO depending on the shipping line: US$80/90 M3, Mini Trucks CAD$884/998, Sports Coupe (Impreza STi) CAD$1000/1135, Long Wheel Base SUV (Land Cruiser Prado) US$1540/1730, Van (Delica) US$1560/1755
Approximate maximum price C&F Vancouver in $CAN at the exchange rate of $1 = 100yen for the best condition 15 year old vehicle available at auction:
  • Mini Truck $1500 at auction = $3,495 C&F Vancouver
  • Impreza STi $3000 at auction = $5,300 C&F Vancouver
  • Land Cruiser Prado $8000 at auction = $10,845 C&F Vancouver
  • Mitsubishi Delica $2,200 at auction = $5070 C&F Vancouver
The charges that you can expect to pay Canada side when importing a vehicle are as follows:
  • $200-$300 Off-loading costs and customs clearance
  • 6.1% Duty
  • $100.00 Excise tax for air conditioning
  • $43.00 CBSA Soil Examination Fee
  • Additional excise taxes for vehicles over 2007kg
  • 5% GST of (Vehicle Cost + Duty + Excise Taxes)
  • PST if applicable in your province (payable at the time of registration)
Cost of Containers
Please inquire with regards to your location, and the number of vehicles you require.

Required Documents for Customs Clearance

After your vehicle is on the boat and heading for Vancouver we will courier you the following documents.
  • Bill of Lading
  • Export Certificate
  • English Translation of Export Certificate
  • Bill of Sale
  • After the vehicle has landed, if you are doing the customs clearance yourself, you also require:
  • Request for Release Approval form
  • Cargo Control Abstract
  • These will be faxed to you from the dock where the ship lands.
  • Transport Canada Vehicle Import Form (Form 1) is available at Canadian Customs.
  • Soil/agricultural inspection release provided by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). For further information call the CBSA 24/7 at: 1-800-461-9999

Your vehicle will be processed by WWL Vehicle Services Canada Ltd., and can be picked up at Unit 100-820 Dock Road, Annacis Island, Delta, BC V3M 6A3W. To have a private used vehicle released from WWL it is the responsibility of the consignee to supply all the required documents including but not limited to:

1) Bill of Lading (surrendered)
2) Soil/agricultural inspection release
3) Transport Canada Vehicle Import Form (Form 1)

First you must call WWL at 604-528-8263 to make a reservation date to pick up your vehicle. You will not be able to pick up the vehicle before that date. No appointment is necessary on the pick up day. The office hours are Mon – Fri, (excluding holidays) 8:00am to 3:30pm. Upon arriving at WWL collect your "pick up” paperwork, in order to gain access to your vehicle. The main gates are closed at 4:30 so you must remove your vehicle from the premises before then.

WWL does not provide any type of vehicle starting services so you are advised to take jumper cables, battery pack, gasoline and any other required fluids etc. If you don’t pick your vehicle up on the reservation day, storage charges accrue starting on the 4th working day at $25/day, and double to $50/day starting on the 6th day. There is no charge for weekends and holidays.

All arrangements for pick up of the vehicle must be made by the consignee. The consignee must also provide the Bill of Lading number and/or the serial number of the vehicle(s), upon pick up. Terminal charges are due and payable prior to the release of the vehicle(s), and can be paid in cash or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to "WWL Vehicle Services Canada Ltd.”

Unless you have experience with import, we recommend using a customs clearance broker to get your vehicle cleared. We have had very good experience with, and recommend

If you want to do the importing yourself we will support you in every way we can.

Provincial Registration

When you have satisfied all the import requirements, the Transport Canada Vehicle Import Form (Form 1) will be given to you by customs, or by your broker. Once you have your completed Transport Canada Vehicle Import Form (Form 1), take the form and your proof of ownership documents into a registry agent in your home province. Based on these documents, they will provide you with the appropriate inspection request form that you need to present to the inspection station. Once you have the completed the inspection form, return to the registry agent with all the above mentioned documentation to have your "out of province” motor vehicle registered. There may be other requirements depending on your specific situation that a registry agent can assist you in determining.  


For further information regarding importation and registration, please refer to the following Canadian, and Provincial Government web sites:

British Columbia





Newfoundland Labrador

Nova Scotia

New Brunswick

Prince Edward Island

Northwest Territories


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A document that establishes the terms of a contract between a shipper and a transportation company. It serves as a document of title, a contract of carriage and a receipt for goods.
A truck trailer body that can be detached from the chassis for loading into a vessel, a rail car or stacked in a container depot. Containers may be ventilated, insulated, refrigerated, flat rack, vehicle rack, open top, bulk liquid or equipped with interior devices. A container may be 20 feet, 40 feet, 45 feet, 48 feet or 53 feet in length, 8'0" or 8'6" in width, and 8'6" or 9'6" in height.
A Term of Sale where the seller pays the costs and freight necessary to bring the goods to the named port of destination, but the risk of loss of or damage to the goods, as (continued) well as any additional costs due to events occurring after the time the goods have been delivered on board the vessel, is transferred from the seller to the buyer when the goods pass the ship's rail in the port of shipment. The CFR term requires the seller to clear the goods for export.
A Term of Sale where the seller has the same obligations as under the CFR but also has to procure marine insurance against the buyer's risk of loss or damage to the goods during the carriage. The seller contracts for insurance and pays the insurance premium. The CIF term requires the seller to clear the goods for export.
An International Term of Sale that means the seller fulfills his or her obligation to deliver when the goods have passed over the ship's rail at the named port of shipment. This means that the buyer has to bear all costs and risks to loss of or damage to the goods from that point. The FOB term requires the seller to clear the goods for export.
When vehicles are presented to the auction house for sale, the auctioneers undertakes a rigorous inspection of the vehicle prior to the auction and prepares an Inspection Report for prospective buyers to view. This is effectively a 3rd party inspection, as the inspection is not commissioned by the private individual, dealer or corporation submitting the vehicle for auction, and this seller has no control over the contents of the auction house's report; moreover, the auction houses apply flat fees for the vehicles appearance at auction (i.e. they have no vested interest in the vehicle itself). They tend to be very strict with the recording of any perceived faults (as well as fairly representing the sales features of the vehicle), and for good reason - there is a claim/return procedure to which the auction house can be held accountable should the condition of the vehicle not be represented wholly and accurately on the Inspection Report.
An itemized list of goods shipped to a buyer, stating quantities, prices, shipping charges, etc.
A document, issued by a bank per instructions by a buyer of goods, authorizing the seller to draw a specified sum of money under specified terms, usually the receipt by the bank of certain documents within a given time.
Broadly, insurance covering loss or damage of goods at sea. Marine insurance typically compensates the owner of merchandise for losses sustained from fire, shipwreck, etc., but excludes losses that can be recovered from the carrier.
Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, is a term that refers to containment-based re-branding, namely where one company uses a component of another company within its product, or sells the product of another company under its own brand. OEM refers to the company that originally manufactured the product.
A quotation in the form of an invoice prepared by the seller that details items which would appear on a commercial invoice if an order results.
Proxy bidding is a system that allows you to bid the maximum amount you are willing to pay for a vehicle with the possibility of winning the vehicle for less. Your bid is kept secret from all other bidders as the auction proceeds. The system will automatically enter your lowest possible winning bid and continue to increase your bid until your maximum bid is reached. If all other bidders stop bidding before your maximum bid is reached, you will win the vehicle for the amount of the final bid plus a standard 3,000 yen increment. You pay the lowest possible winning bid and do not have to pay the full amount of your maximum bid. If there are two or more identical “winning” bids, the bid that was placed first will win the vehicle.
A shortening of the term, "Roll On/Roll Off." A method of ocean cargo service using a vessel with ramps which allows wheeled vehicles to be loaded and discharged without cranes.
The most common payment method that requires the use of cable or telegraph to remit funds. Money does not move physically. The order to pay is wired to an institutions’ casher to make payment to a company or individual.
Known as “shaken” in Japanese. This bi-yearly inspection and component replacement regime also includes mandatory liability insurance, weight tax, vehicle tax and can cost upwards of $1,500 US. New vehicles depreciate at a considerably faster rate than in other countries, and beyond a certain mileage (50,000 miles/85,000 km) it becomes economically prohibitive to renew the “shaken,” as the resale values approach residual. This stringent (some say draconian) system, coupled with the Japanese zeal to own the latest models, gives rise to an abundant number of used vehicles in great condition reaching the auctions every day. The bi-yearly “shaken” also makes tampering with the odometer very difficult as a running record of the car’s mileage is kept and vehicles that deviate from this record are marked on the auction house inspection reports.
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Parts Export

Let JCD take care of all your parts needs. As a licensed dealer we get a discount on new parts at all of the major manufacturers. We also have an excellent relationship with the local wrecker. There we can use their Japan wide network and order the exact used or rebuilt part you need. Just scan and mail, or fax us a copy of your export certificate to assure we get the correct parts for your vehicle. We will then have your part mailed directly to you for a nominal service fee.


According to our customers specifications, we select vehicles for dismantling at the lowest possible market prices. We have them dismantled as required, and packed into 20 or 40ft HC containers. 10-15 fully dismantled cars can be loaded into 20ft containers, and 20-25 fully dismantled cars into 40ft containers.

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