Insurance and Licensing Information


All of our car shipping carriers have commercial insurance underwritten by companies including, but not limited to, SGI Canada, Royal Sun Alliance, Northbridge General Insurance, and Lloyd’s of London. These insurance policies include General Commercial Liability, Automotive Liability and Cargo Insurance that can range in coverage between $100,000 and $5,000,000. For specific information regarding what damage is covered when you ship your vehicle, please see our Terms and Conditions.

Safety Certificates

All Commercial Carriers including Car Transporters operating within Canada are legally required to be registered in the province they are based in for the Commercial Carrier Registration Program. This is in compliance with the National Safety Code (NSC). This code is made up of 16 minimum standards that assists commercial carriers and drivers to remain in compliance with local, national and international rules for owning and operating commercial vehicles.

Coverage for your vehicle

Your vehicle will be insured while its being shipped. Restrictions do apply on what is covered and that can depend on the age of your vehicle, its value and the mode of shipping that you have chosen.  Insurance is always included in the quote you received and can’t be removed to lower the cost. For information on what is covered please see the terms and conditions at the bottom of the booking form, or by following the links below.

Getting your vehicle repaired if its damaged during shipping

For more information on the damage claim policies and procedures please click here.

Workmans Compensation

Many of our carriers are registered with Workmans Compensation Board. The requirements and regulations for WCB vary from province to province.

Registrations and Permits

Depending on the province and service area, additional registration may be held by the car transporter including Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR), International Registration Plan (IRP), MC, MTO, and USDOT registration. Permits for oversized commercial trucks and trailers are also required in most provinces.

CBSA Bonded

Bonded highway car carriers are permitted to transport in-bond vehicles beyond the first point of arrival in Canada (CBSA office or Bonded Warehouse) and between points in Canada. Unless your vehicle is being imported into Canada, a bonded carrier isn’t required.

Car Shipping Insurance Overview

Carrier Cargo Insurance is provided by our partner carriers and monitored by our staff to ensure that all insurance documents are kept up-to-date and remain valid. We verify that each carrier provides proper insurance and coverage for the shipment of vehicles on/off of their trailers and/or rail cars. For specific information on what the insurance policies cover, please see our Terms & Conditions at the following link:

Shipping Terms & Conditions

This document is to provide confirmation that the policies of insurance listed below have been issued to MVS Canada and its partner carriers for the policy period indicated, notwithstanding any requirement, term or condition of any contract or other document with respect to which this document may be issued or may pertain, the insurance afforded by the policies described herein is subject to all the terms, exclusions and conditions of such policies. Limits shown may have been reduced by paid claims.

MVS Canada Insurance

Policy Type Broker(s) Insurer(s) Value(s)
General Salvatore Insurance Royal Sun Alliance $5,000,000
Garage Salvatore Insurance,
Jones Deslauriers
Value: $375,000 – $500,000
Liability: $2,000,000
Automobile Jones Deslauriers Royal Sun Alliance $1,000,000

Carrier Cargo Insurance

Mode Type(s) Insurer(s) Value(s)
Truck Inland Marine / Motor Truck Cargo SGI Canada
Royal Sun Alliance,
Old Republic Insurance Company,
Northbridge General Insurance,
Lloyd’s of London,
Zurich Insurance Company
$100,000 – $5,000,000
Train Cargo Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. $300,000

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