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  • How To Get YOUR Car Off The DOCK

    Sorry it took so long to post but i had family stuff then work and Finally Car problems to deal with

    Well this is in no ways a professional guide to get your car off the dock.
    This is just my personal experiance and pretty much all the step that i have taken so far.

    I didn't have a broker so i had to get the car off the dock myself when it arrived.

    Also i can't spell so sorry in advanced about the spelling errors.

    The most important thing is to get this stuff done soon cause the longer you take the more its gonna cost

    Well Here GOES 8)

    First off you need to get confermation from your seller on what ship your car is on and when it will arrive in B.C. (In most cases the main port is "New Westminster Port" which is messed up cause i ended up calling like 3 ports before i was told it was in Fraser Wharves which is located in Richmond bul i'll get to that later)

    Another big thing if your doing this alone is that you need to know is this shipping agent and the counter part shipping agent that is located in B.C.
    So mine was K-Line in japan and they had there Counter part was also K-Line and there office was located in Burnaby.

    So know the ship and date of arrival,
    You need to get the following sent over, (you want to have this stuff before your car arrives)

    You need:
    Bill of Lading.
    Invoice of Sale.
    Deregistration papers ( Certificate of Cancellation of Motor Vehicales Registration)

    I got 3 copies of Bill of Lading
    1 for the shipping company
    1 for your own
    1 is a recipt.

    I got 2 Deregistration papers
    1 in English
    1 in Japanese

    Then a Bill of Sale.
    Pretty much something that say how much you paid for your car and how much shipping was.


    Alright when you get this info you should call the counter part shipping agent right away to conferm all the info you have eg. when the car will arrive, that your car is in that ship and whatever else you want to ask them.

    So the day your car arrives you want to give your shipping agent a call and you need to give them 1 copy of your Bill of Lading (You Might be able to do this before hand...)

    So you do this and then the shipping company calls the docks and release the car from their name into yours.
    My Agent didn't call me when the ship arrives so i guess that you need to do all this stuff yourself.

    Ok now assuming that your car is at Fraser Wharves (ask your shipping agent) you then need to call their operations person which in my case was Debbie Mills (She might be on holidays cause when i went she was training someone)

    Ok so Fraser Wharves Ltd.

    is located at 13800 Steveston Hwy, Richmond B.C. V6W 1A8
    for people who are bad with street names it's located right next to Famous Players SilverCity Richmond. It's a guarded post, and really hard to miss once your there

    There phone number is (604) 277-1141 its automated so you can listen or just dial 309 for Debbie Mills

    Ok so Debbie sounds like a Bitch over the phone but is a real nice in person. One thing you want to do is be on her nice side cause she can cost you a lot of money if you don't.

    Alright to call Debbie after you drop off the Bill of Lading to your shipper and after they have released the shipment to your name.

    You need to get a copy of ADVICE NOTICE from her, the best is to get it faxed over. But if you have to you can pick it up but i'll tell you now save the trip over there for when you can actually drive away in your car.

    The Advice Notice consists of 4 pages including cover page.
    1 cover page
    2 in bond notices ( 1 for you 1 for customs)
    1 manifest of cargo

    Faxs will be a major part in getting your car ASAP.

    Ok so you now have your ADVICE NOTICE you then need to get your
    car CFIA or Canadian Food Inspection Agency cleared. In most cases they will automatically to it at Fraser Wharves but you need to pay for it and fill out a form...this is where that fax machine comes in handy again.

    Ok if your Car is at Fraser Wharves you need to call (604) 666-2891 for CFIA
    if it is some where else you need to call (604) 666 3837

    * My car was already checkout cause it took me a couple of days to get my info inorder so i just had to pay but you might need to talk to them.

    Anyways they fax over a Request for release approval
    where you have to fill in various information about your car and ship...rather straight forward but if there is something you don't get just call them back ( i did this because i wasn't sure what to put in under COMMODITY/PRODUCT i though used car but Model and chassy code was what they wanted)

    Alright now the first of many fees

    You need to pay CFIA $46.01

    There is a bunch of faxing going on with CFIA...
    first they send you the sheet,
    U fax it back with info and payment information
    Then they fax back a stamped copy for customs and a recipt of payment.

    OK so far you should have your:
    Bill of Lading
    Sales Invoice
    Deregistation papers
    Advice Notice
    CFIA approved document
    if for some reason you don't have this you screwed up some where.

    OK now for the fun part...your first time down to Customs.

    Ok the B.C. customs office is located at 333 Dunsmuir Street Vancouver, B.C. V6B 5R4
    * The reason i'm giving the postal code is if you want to mapquest this stuff.

    It's located with in the B.C. Hydro's like a corner office on the first floor.
    There Number is (604) 666 0547
    I would make an appointment just so you don't have to stand in line

    Alright so from there you show them your papers in which they will get you to pay Duty and Taxes (they count shipping fees as apart of the total car cost)
    They also charge $100 for air condtion...but put it this way if i was to pay again i would have told them i didn't have air condtion cause they didn't check for it when i got it done and they don't seem to really car...but i was an honest fool and said that is did...$100 that could have gone to repairs...

    Ok well they custom agent at this point gives you a bill and you have to go to the 3 floor i think and pay for it and then bring it back to him.

    He dones some more paper work and sends you off with a stamped Advice Notice and a recipt.

    You have to come back later to get your form 1 and your car inspected( don't worry just a quick look over, they check the chassy number and if is it really 15 years old.


    So when you get that stamped copy of the Advice Notice you need to Fax it to Debbie Mills at Fraser Wharves the Fax number is (604) 275 0029

    it takes them a day to get stuff ready, like move you car to the pick-up area and conferm the paper work.

    REALLY IMPORTANT...You only get 3 days of free dock services as if your car is there longer than 3 days your paying $10 for every extra day!!! this is why you want to get your stuff done quick.

    Also the day you go to pick up your car your gonna want to stop over at a insurance place and get a couple of days of insurence cause you might want to get some repairs done and you might not have time right way to get everything done in order to get your full insurance.

    Ok so more fees

    At Fraser Wharves you have to pay the standard $100 no matter what
    $50 for Yard Labout
    $50 for Terminal Charges.

    Again if you take longer than 3 days $10 added for each extra day.

    Ok so when you go to Fraser Wharves you should bring all your paper work but make sure you have:

    And money to pay and to get gas if your car is out of it.

    Alright now just pick up your car and go...

    After this your gonna want to setup a appointment at Customs again so they can do there inspection and so you can get your form 1

    After this you need to get your car inspected and i personally don't recommend going to CANADIAN TIRE...go to a certified Garage...i think you can get a list from ICBC or just call garages and ask if they do PROVINCAL VEHICAL INSPECTIONS

    Well this is where i'm Stuck at right hopefully this is understandable and help someone out...feel free to email or pm me if there is something that you want clarified.

    This is HENRY signing OUT.

    **New Info**

    Ok for people in B.C. You need to get a VIN number from ICBC.

    You just need to go into any autoplan broker and ask for a form (VIN form)

    You need to fill it out with your car info...Chassy number, make, model..etc.

    You need to pay $25 i think in cheque form cause you don't actually pay the autobroker you need to pay ICBC so make a cheque out to them

    You need to supply with with:

    Form 1
    Bill of Sale
    De-registration papers (Both English and Japanese if you have then)
    You can just ask them to photocopy them for you or get it done before hand

    You also have to find a garage to get the VIN plates sent to for installation.
    It's a requirement on the form. Any garage should do they just want to send it to someone in which they can hold responsible to bolt the plates on. (They don't want people to put VIN plates on the wrong car)

    If everything goes will your garage should get the plates in a week or two and then you just have to bring your car down and get it bolted on.
    If not someone from ICBC will give you a call.

    That should be it.

  • #2
    Superb! would you mind reposting this in FAQ section?

    J 8)
    marginally literate keyboard warrior


    • #3
      nice post, im suprised you wrote all that.


      • #4
        Ok who`s the wiseass that voted no?

        BTW, good job Henry. I don`t even live in BC and I know it`s going to help me someday.

        Toughguy 8)
        Is your seatbelt on? I\'m gonna try something...


        • #5
          Wicked info man. Good job!! Makes me SOOOOO hapy I went through a broker to do most of that stuff for me

          1991 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
          1990 Skyline GTS-R


          • #6
            Henry youze tha man!

            you get my vote!
            2.2L RB20 GTS-T
            ECU modification enabled - PM me for details


            • #7
              lots of good info can't read it all now but i'll catch up at work when i'm bored


              • #8
                Well thanks i guess i knew it was gonna take some time to write thats why i put it off for a while.

                Well hopefully this can help a couple people in getting their Skyline a little bit Quicker.

                C'ya on the ROAD guys


                it was me who voted ???


                • #9
                  Great post Henry, hope your skyline is healthy soon so we can see it runnin around


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Toughguy
                    Ok who`s the wiseass that voted no?
                    that would have been me.....i voted no because i did have a reason, i just forgot it at the moment i was posting. yes it is a very good guide to how to do it. but there is a huge problem. It is very complicated for the everyday person wanting to do this and it could all be adverted by using a customs broker. you pay all the fees that henry listed and then on top of the fees you pay a broker fee and they will do all the work for you and it makes it 100 times easier. I still say it is a great tutorial haha. good job once again Henry.



                    • #11
                      Thanks Henry!! Good write up!

                      hey dana, just noticed you were importing, cool website. and those prices look pretty awesome too.

                      hmm.. i might have to shoot you an email about getting an r32 over here

                      Originally posted by danayanch
                      Great post Henry, hope your skyline is healthy soon so we can see it runnin around


                      • #12
                        thanks henry

                        wow, thats a lot of info. I think I'll probably go through a broker but thats really good info and most of it I didn't know. I haven't looked at the FAQ section yet but like straight six said, this would be good there. Thanks for the information henry!



                        • #13
                          AWSOME POST!!!

                          I have never braught in a car on my own like you. I strongly recomend a customs broker. Unless you are up for doing all the work and want to save some money. I use AACB Pat Marshall. She is the most nice person and can help the most stupid person bring there car in.

                          I will post here the contact info when I get home.

                          Also if you ship with NYK Japan your car will go from the dock to AAT Anicec auto terminal's. "cant spell either" AAT I am pretty sure doesnt charge holding fees for the first 5 day's. Each day after that is $15.00 but they dont count weekends so most of the time you dont even have to pay for holding's. BUT NYK is about 25% more expensive for ocean freight. So do whatever is best for you. I like NYK because AAT is about a 2 min drive from Allied trucking and thats who I get to do my Trucking from Vancouver to Lethbridge Alberta.
                          ALLEN PETERSEN
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jdms13rhd
                            AAT Anicec auto terminal's.
                            Annacis Auto Ternimal..
                            FVI Fo Life
                            Imports are more then a Fad, they are a Life Style
                            Originally posted by JZ
                            Agreed. Good to have you here Ben


                            • #15
                              I was jsut on the Phone with the CFIA and they told me that The "request for release form" is no longer needed.. Just adding this so poeple going through the steps dont waste to much time at that step..

                              FVI Fo Life
                              Imports are more then a Fad, they are a Life Style
                              Originally posted by JZ
                              Agreed. Good to have you here Ben