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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-30-2011, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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I will be going to Americade this summer and my friend will be leaving before me with his motorhome towing a trailer with his and my Goldwing on it. My question is what will he require in documents for my bike to cross American customs from Canada .
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I believe a Passport and his drivers license is all he'll need. Dusty Boots can tell ya, he crosses over all the time.

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I believe a Passport and his drivers license is all he'll need. Dusty Boots can tell ya, he crosses over all the time.

The difference might be that 96white's friend will be transporting someone else's bike. 96white will be going down later.

I think he is concerned that US customs might think there is an ulterior motive to the transportation. Does the ownership and insurance have to travel with the bike?

I suggest calling the port of entry and asking. Keep the name of the individual you talk to or communicate by fax keeping a copy of the reply.

Google US ports of entry and you should find a link.

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I hope it's easier then getting into you country.. Took us 2 1/2 hours to get in last August.. I didn't have a license plate, just temporary registration.. New Bike.. We had Pass Ports, insuranceeverything you need.. They only stripped searched us 70 year olds,and emptied everything out of the bike lookingfor Drugs, Guns and Ammunition....................

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I must be lucky, I have never had a problem crossing going North or South.
Not sure what might be needed if checked but I used to carry a lot of stuff South that belonged to others. I always had a copy of registration and paperwork for hauling to the States (like a contract). It all came from Alaska and was going to lower 48. Since the hauler will not have a contract to haul, I would say a note from the owner authorizing the hauler to transport the bike to the USA and a copy of the registration.

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I hope it's easier then getting into you country.. Took us 2 1/2 hours to get in last August.. I didn't have a license plate, just temporary registration.. New Bike.. We had Pass Ports, insuranceeverything you need.. They only stripped searched us 70 year olds,and emptied everything out of the bike lookingfor Drugs, Guns and Ammunition....................
Aww come on. We all know that custom agents are like dogs. When they see something different it's likea new chew toy. They growl, chew on it, kick it around and then when they get tired theypee on it and let it go.

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I believe kb0ou is correct. I looked up on the customs site and found out that the letter giving permission to my friend to bring my bike into the US needs to be notarized. I sent an email whether I really need it notarized but did not get any response I don't think I ever will.

Thanks to all on your opinions, it is appreciated.
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