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2011 Final Vehicle Import Totals For Canada

139,762 vehicles were imported through the Registrar of Imported Vehicles program from the United States into Canada in 2011.  The volume of imports was down slightly from the year before.  158,603 vehicles were imported through the RIV program in 2010.  The highest one year import volume was recorded in 2008 when 239,929 vehicles were imported.

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Tino Max Antoine Ruefenacht

The vehicle export community lost a great friend over the holidays.  Max Ruefenacht passed away on December 22, 2011, following a stroke.   Max was the founder and long-time President of the American Automotive Shippers Association and, for decades, owned Autobern LLC.

Max was a tremendous friend to all of his colleagues in the vehicle export industry.  Max’s kindness, warmth and generosity will be fondly remembered and will be deeply missed.

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China Imposes New Import Duties on U.S. Vehicles

The Chinese government has announced that it will impose new import tariffs on certain vehicles manufactured in the United States.  The tariffs appear to be the result of ongoing trade disputes.    There has been extensive news coverage on this issue, highlighting the volume of U.S. manufactured vehicle exports to China.  Exporters who ship to China should be aware of the new policies.  Click here to read some of the news coverage. 

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Register for the 2011 International Dealer Conference

Register for the 2011 International Dealer Conference and join more than 70 vehicle suppliers, exporters and importers who have already registered from more than a dozen countries around the world.  The Conference takes place in New York City from October 27 to 29.

Registration is now closed.

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GM Agrees to Pay $20 Million to Settle Vehicle Export Lawsuit

General Motors of Canada, Ltd. has agreed to settle the ongoing antitrust lawsuit in the United States.  The lawsuit alleges that vehicle manufacturers violated antitrust laws by conspiring with each other to prevent the export of vehicles from Canada to the United States when the Canadian dollar was trading at low values.   Last week the California Superior Court approved a prelimary settlement in which GM will pay $20.15 million.   Download preliminary court approval of GM settlement. 

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Importing Vehicles from Mexico

The new legislation in Canada to allow for vehicles to be imported into Mexico is finally getting some publicity.  The regulations to allow import still have to be worked out before dealers and consumers can start buying from Mexican suppliers, but we probably aren’t too far away from this market opening up.  Read More…

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Avoid Buying Flood Damaged Vehicles for Import

With the hurricane season upon us, the Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Council (OMVIC) has issued a notice to dealers to help them avoid buying flood damaged vehicles in the United States for import into Canada.  OMVIC is the regulator of vehicle dealers and exporters in Ontario. 

Read the bulletin from OMVIC

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New Rules for Importing Vehicles into the United States from Canada

There are new rules for Registered Importers who import vehicles into the United States from Canada.  The new rules were passed at the end of August and become effective on September 26, 2011. 

In 2010, 17,991 vehicles were imported through the Registered Importer program, up 67 per cent from the year before.  The volume for the first half of 2011 went up even higher, to 10,597 units to the end of June 2011. 

Download new rules for registered importers

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Did You Know?

79,878 vehicles were imported from the United States into Canada through the RIV program in the first half of 2011.  More than 900,000 vehicles have been imported by and for Canadians through the RIV program since 2006. 
There are still vehicles going southbound too.  17,991 vehicles were imported into the United States from Canada by Registered Importers in 2010, up 67 per cent from the year before.  There has been an additional 19 per cent increase this year so far.  Registered Importers brought in 10,597 vehicles from Canada in the first half of 2011.

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Refunds of Sales and Use Tax on Vehicles Exported from the United States

A vehicle exporter in Texas has received a refund of the sales and use tax paid on a motor vehicle because it was exported to Japan.  The Cadillac Escalade was registered in the state.   The Comptroller of Public Accounts released her decision granting the refund about 12 weeks ago. 

NAATA cautions our members that refund applications are fact specific and you are advised to obtain a professional opinion prior to seeking a refund.   Refund applications on exported vehicles are typically denied.  But the law may permit a refund under certain facts as in this case.   Each state maintains its own laws and jurisdiction on refund applications.

Download decision granting refund

Download another recent decision in which the refund was denied

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