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Transit Insurance – Japan to Vancouver

Customs Clearance Agent Vancouver

15yr or 25yr Old Vehicles & Free Storage

In most cases, unless you ask your agent here in Japan for transit insurance your vehicle will not be covered or will be covered with the most basic cover.
There are three types of transit insurance.
Total Loss – Basically…if the boat sinks or your vehicle is flattened, you will get paid out. But if your vehicle is damaged in anyway there is no payout as it is not classed as a total loss.

Total Loss including Damage – As above but will include damage.

Full Cover – Total Loss including Damage, Theft, Pilferage & Non Delivery – The Rolls Royce of covers and you are covered for every incident.
Here at Brave Auto International, all of the vehicles which we export to Canada are automatically covered with “Full Cover” transit insurance. With the excitement of importing a vehicle, most customers tend to forget about transit insurance which is why we automatically arrange it. All vehicles on our website under the Canadian section are priced including Full Cover transit insurance. For our Purchase to Order customers, this is also included in the quotes we supply.
Complete piece of mind.

A large percentage of Brave Auto International’s customers use the services of Thompson Pacific Logistics Ltd to clear their vehicle/s through customs. We have a strong and long term working relationship Al Thompson (owner) and the service our customers personally receive from Al is second to none. We know this as our customers time after time comment about the friendly, helpful and professional approach of Al Thompson / Thompson Pacific Logistics Ltd.
Thompson Pacific Logistics Ltd
#1220 - 1188 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, B.C
V6E 4A2
Phone: (604) 688-9784
Contact: Al Thompson
Some buyers/importers in the past have tried to clear their own vehicles through customs themselves. Although it may seem simple to do at first to save a few dollars it can cost you a small fortune in the long run. Using a professional company like Thompson Pacific Logistics Ltd who have many years experience with dealing with customs will save on delays. There are only a certain number of days allowed to clear the vehicle before storage charges from the port authorities start to accrue and they sure know how to charge, it can cost you hundred of dollars per day if not cleared within the allowable free days.
15yr Old Vehicles – The current import rules in place by the Canadian government is that the vehicle must be 15yrs old to the month before it can be imported.
Example: 1993 January Manufacture – can be imported from January 2008.
              1993 February Manufacture – can be imported from February 2008 and so on.
Many people tend to believe that there are thousands of 15yr and older vehicles available here in Japan.
This is the case however it is very difficult to find good clean examples. A large percentage of vehicles of this age tend to be accident/repaired or rough in the body/interior. Unfortunately, many of these vehicles are now ending up in Canada as demand completely outweighs supply. When a good clean low km 15yr old example (like Toyota Supra) becomes available at auction, most exporters dealing with the Canadian market are trying to secure that vehicle resulting in the auction sale price going up due to demand. Because of this, a good percentage of agents will buy and stock the lower condition vehicles as they are cheaper and plentiful. Unfortunately, they will not advise the fact but just remember there is no such thing as a bargain in this game anymore so if another agent has the same vehicle for a lot less ask yourself why as we are all buying the vehicles from the same places.
Free Storage – Brave Auto International can store customer’s vehicles until they become of age to be exported. As space/real estate in Japan is a premium, many agents do not have storage facilities. Some agents will store with out their customers being aware their vehicle/s at compounds at the ports. These compounds are OK if you are not too worried about your vehicle. The security is very relaxed and there are people coming and going all day. The common joke in this industry is that if you want a part you obtain it from the port storage yards. Normally, the agent will receive 30 days free storage and if the vehicle is not exported after the free days the agent is therefore charged per day. One of the easiest ways to tell if an agent is storing vehicles at the port is that they will offer storage but at 10,000yen per month, the figure they are charged by the shipping line. We have also known and witnessed agents who have stored vehicles near their offices down public side streets, public car parks etc.
Here at Brave Auto International, we are based just outside of Nagoya where land is not as expensive. Because of this, we own our premises which includes storage facilities for over 400 motor vehicles. Our storage yard by our office is security fenced including electric fencing and is also video monitored.