Pre-clearance Programs – Appendix F and Appendix G

Transport Canada (TC) administers the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (Canada) which requires that imported vehicles that belong to a prescribed class comply with all applicable regulations at the point of manufacture, before entering Canada. You can find these prescribed classes of vehicles and all applicable standards in "Schedule III" of the regulations.

The Appendix F and Appendix G pre-clearance programs enable Canadian commercial importers to use streamlined border processes when importing new fully complying Canadian specification vehicles originating directly from foreign manufacturers. These vehicles have yet to be sold at retail, never been owned, titled or licensed.

Vehicles imported under Appendix F and Appendix G do not qualify for entry into the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) program.

The Appendix F Pre-clearance Program

The Appendix F Pre-clearance program is designed for Canadian commercial importers who import in excess of 2500 vehicles per year. Importers listed on Appendix F are not restricted to a particular class of vehicle.

The mandatory requirement for Transport Canada’s Vehicle Import Form (Form-1 declaration) is waived and vehicle entries are documented in accordance with established Canada Border Services Agency and other government department commercial import protocols.

The commercial importer must be listed on Appendix F to import vehicles via Appendix F pre-clearance.

The Appendix G Pre-clearance Program

The Appendix G Pre-clearance program is designed for Canadian commercial importers who import fewer than 2500 vehicles per year from foreign manufacturers and vehicle classes registered in the Appendix G Pre-clearance program. Their entry into Canada must be recorded on the Vehicle Import Form (Form-1 declaration).

Starting April 20th 2015, Canadian commercial importers will no longer be, nor need to be, listed on the Appendix G Pre-clearance list to import Canadian compliant vehicles directly from foreign manufacturers registered in the Appendix G Pre-clearance program. You can read more about it by visiting our Frequently Asked Questions about Appendix G.

The foreign manufacturer and the vehicle class must be listed on Appendix G to allow vehicles to be imported via the Appendix G Pre-clearance program. Other conditions also apply. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions about Appendix G Web page for additional information.

Importers who choose to import vehicles from foreign manufacturer that are not listed on Appendix G must use Transport Canada’s Case-by-case importation process.

Contact us

  • 1-800-333-0371 (toll-free Canada and United States)
  • 1-613-998-8616 (Ottawa region and from other countries)
  • Email: mvs-sa@gc.ca
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