The Canada-USA international border has been temporarily closed to non-essential traffic for a number of weeks now to reduce the spread of COVID-19 between our two nations. Health officials are calling on governments on both sides of the border to extended the deadline to the end of summer. Yet, vacation time is upon us now. With travel restrictions in place, many BC province residents and Washington state residents are looking to take to the outdoors and enjoy their own beautiful backyard. Unfortunately, for some of these residents, this is no longer a possibility due to the border restrictions. This is because each year they would commonly visit British Columbia or Washington State as somewhat of a tradition, with some even buying or leasing vacation properties there and wintering their recreational vehicles (RV), such as a motorhome, travel trailer or fifth wheel, and storing their pleasure crafts, such as a fishing boat, speed boat, sport boat or sea-doo. With the non-essential travel restrictions in place, this means that these residents will be unable to retrieve their RVs or boats to enjoy them for the summer.
As a result, over the past few weeks, we have had a number of requests asking if we, as a commercial transporter, can cross into the USA and retrieve their RV or boat for them. The answer is yes! Our transportation services take us from Canada into the USA and back again everyday, where it is deemed an essential service. Our company’s transportation network is a small part of the global supply chain that services British Columbia, Alberta, Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana businesses and residents everyday. Our CDL drivers are deemed as essential workers, that is, those allowed to cross the border for commercial activity as long as they follow COVID-19 procedures and self-isolate when not on active duty or when at home.
This means that we can take on commercial service contracts with Canadian and American businesses and residents to transport their goods for them as a service. Driving a motorhome, towing an RV, a travel trailer, a fifth wheel, a fishing boat, a speed boat, a sport boat, or sea-doo all qualifies as long as we are contracted to do so. We use commercially registered pickup trucks and highway tractors driven by CDL operators to locate your item, connect to it, clear the border and haul it to your designated location. We have already helped out a few residents with great success.
If you are interested in this form of cross-border local towing service, or pick up and delivery service from the BC border to Washington state, or Washington border to the Province of British Columbia, please consider this list of what we will need from you:
- Address of the pick up location
- Codes, key fobs and keys to open gates, doors, alarms to access your RV or boat
- Proof of ownership (title, registrations, etc)
- Valid registration and active insurance
- Keys for pin locks and wheel locks to be able to connect to and to tow
- Keys to door locks and compartment locks for potential inspection purposes at the border
- Trailer hitch ball size requirement
- Trailer weight
- Any other instructions you may think that we need
If you contract our company to haul your RV or boat back home, we will need go the commercial border clearance office on your behalf to “import” the boat or RV while proving that it is already registered and owned and tax paid in its own respective country. No duties, taxes or fees are paid to CBSA or CBP at the border. Afterwards, we can either haul your RV or boat to your home or another storage location, or to a nearby parking lot to allow you to connect to it and complete the trip yourself. It really is that simple!
Don’t let COVID-19 spoil your vacation plans this summer. Contact us today to arrange for your recreational vehicles, trailers and boats to be rescued and brought back home so you may enjoy them all summer long!
Updated July 23, 2020