Japanese Mini Trucks in Canada

How to Import Mini Trucks to Canada

This page lays out the key information needed to import Japanese mini trucks to Canada broken down into the following sections:

The Import Process
Street Legal Mini Trucks in Canada
Mini Trucks For Sale in Canada

Thousands of kei class mini trucks have been imported from Japan to Canada by registered importers and individuals alike. Canadian law states that mini trucks must be at least 15 years old to be legally imported and street legal. The process involves some paperwork, but anyone can do it. 

Minitrucks.net will support you with the required paperwork and information to get your truck in Canada and on the road.

Canadian Import Process

1

Purchase and Shipment

2

Customs and Port Clearance

3

Domestic Transport (From port)

4

Registration
(If for street use)

Purchase and Shipment

The first step is to find your mini truck in Japan and arrange shipment. Minitrucks.net can arrange shipping for all orders. You can buy from our stock or order direct from auction. Just tell us what you’re looking for and we’ll get it for you.

If purchasing a single mini truck, we recommend RORO (Roll-on Roll-off) shipping. Most shipments to Canada go through Vancouver. We can also ship to other coastal towns such as Halifax on the east coast.

Container shipping can typically be sent inland, but you will need to have a loading doc to properly unload the container.

Read About Container Shipping

Customs and Port Clearance

There are two options to handle customs and port clearance:

Customs Broker: Hire a firm to receive and process all paperwork to get the mini truck through customs. This is the safest and easiest way to get your mini truck imported.

Self Submission: Handle all paperwork on your own. This option is possible for anyone and could save you money in customs fees.

We will support you and/or your customs broker with all necessary paperwork and information needed to get your mini truck through customs.

Domestic Transport

If you have a trailer and live close to a major port, then you are free to get your truck directly from the port. Customs brokers can aid in getting clearance to retrieve your vehicle from the port.

If traveling to the port is too far, or you don’t have a trailer, then you would need to arrange domestic transport to the final location. Many transport companies offer port-pickup for individual vehicles.

For container shipments, we can arrange inland delivery to most locations in Canada. You will need to have a loading dock to properly unload the trucks when they arrives.

Local Registration

The final step is registering your mini truck for at your local service center for vehicle registrations (Ministry of Transportation). This process may be a bit different in each province/territory, so please check your local regulations and laws to be sure.

Differences between Japanese cars and North American cars can cause confusion to local staff. For example, mini trucks manufactured in Japan do not have a VIN number. Instead they have a chassis number.

As long as you come prepared with all of the required information, and a healthy dose of patience, you should be able to get your plates and be ready for the road!

Make/ModelChassis Code
Suzuki EveryDA64V
Suzuki CarryDA63T
Mazda ScrumDG63T
Daihatsu Hijet TruckS210P
Daihatsu Hijet VanS210V
Mitsubishi Minicab TruckU62T
Mitsubushi Minicab VanU62V
Nissan Clipper Truck (NT100)U72T
Nissan Clipper Van (NV100)U72V
Honda Acty Truck - 2WDHA6
Honda Acty Truck - 4WDHA7
Honda Acty Van - 2WDHH5
Honda Acty Van - 4WDHH6

Mini Trucks For Sale to Canada

Our inventory is located in Japan and is available for delivery via RORO or container shipping. Please let us know if you don’t see what you’re looking for, we’re happy to do a special order to get the perfect truck for you!

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