AIS Class B Restrictions

AIS Class B Restrictions Bob Brunkow from ICOM Canada called to tell us Washington State Ferries are not monitoring Class B AIS transponder signals. Class B is the AIS that pleasure vessels would use. With the exception of the Washington State Ferries, large vessels equipped with Class A transponders will see Class B signals. Bob added that...
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Canadian Boater Competency Cards and U.S. Visitors

Canadian Boater Competency Cards and U.S. Visitors In September 2009, a 10-year phase-in for boater competency cards ended in Canada, and all Canadian boaters now need their card. Our question was, “What about U.S. visitors to British Columbia?” We contacted Jillian Glover with Transport Canada in Vancouver, who provided the information below. Let us summarize b...
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Wonderful Boaty Web Site

Wonderful Boaty Web Site For a feel of the real working waterfront, its boats, its lore and its people, visit www.fremonttugboat.com, the Fremont Tug website. Click on Blog and get ready to enjoy the real thing. Mark Freeman is your guide. You won’t find better....
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Nexus/Canpass/I-68 Comparison

Nexus/Canpass/I-68 Comparison You need to pre-clear if you want to clear either U.S. or Canada Customs by telephone. For U.S. Customs, pre-clearance is by Nexus or I-68. For Canada Customs, pre-clearance is by Canpass. Here is a quick comparison of the three programs. For more complete information about Nexus, I-68 and U.S. Customs, see U.S. Custom...
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Nexus Border Crossing Phone-in Pre-clearance Changes

Nexus Border Crossing Phone-in Pre-clearance Changes Effective April 30, 2007 Nexus border pre-clearance can be used in place of Canpass for telephone check-in into Canada. After phone-in, Nexus card holders still must land at a designated landing site at an agreed-upon time, although as with Canpass they may depart without penalty if a Canada Customs officer does not sh...
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Canadian Customs Clearance Number Reminder

Canadian Customs Clearance Number Reminder I would like to underscore your recommendation that U.S. boaters in Canadian waters post their customs clearance number in a side window (Waggoner Cruising Guide, 2008, p. 16). We have seen increased vigilance over the last few years in northern B.C. waters. Customs officers can be seen walking the docks at Pr...
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Nexus Cards Easy & Convenient

Nexus Cards Easy & Convenient Hi Bob, I just got NEXUS cards for my family. Here's the story. Feel free to post it in your website. Regards, Raul Biascoechea M/V Moondance NEXUS Membership—Easy and Convenient After having I-68s and experiencing the convenience of calling in, rather than stopping at a port of entry, my wife and...
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Food Restrictions from Canada to the U.S.

Food Restrictions from Canada to the U.S. We couldn’t reply via e-mail because Richard’s mailbox was no longer available. Bob, The customs restrictions on food when crossing into Canada and back to the US seem to have changed from time to time lately, and it’s a crap shoot deciding what we can bring across. Do you know an authoritative web site ...
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Beef, Beef By-Products Restricted by U.S. Customs

Beef, Beef By-Products Restricted by U.S. Customs Uh-oh. The Waggoner says beef and beef by-products can enter the U.S. Customs officers at the Seattle Boat Show said no. Don’t bring beef or anything that has beef in it into the U.S. This includes canned food such as the ever-popular but never opened cans of Dinty Moore stew. Note that food and other import...
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How to Order Your U.S. Border Crossing Fee Online

How to Order Your U.S. Border Crossing Fee Online One would think the combined might of the federal government could find a way to sell a $27.50 decal online, but such is not the case. Reader Jim Rogers, from San Francisco, managed to do it, and sent the following note. Until the Feds make it easier, we plan to have the necessary form faxed to us. We’ll fill it in a...
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