Entering the U.S.
What procedures must a small boat follow when entering the United States? Visit U.S Customs’ website for information and forms.
1-800-562-5943 (For Puget Sound Boat Arrivals Only)
Blaine, Washington, (360) 332-5771
Friday Harbor, WA, (360) 378-2080
Roche Harbor, WA, (360) 378-2080
Point Roberts, WA, (360) 945-2314 or (360) 945-5211
Anacortes, WA, (360) 293-2331
Port Angeles, WA, (360) 457-4311
Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC):
Toll free: 1-888-226-7277
NEXUS telephone reporting line:
Toll free: 1-866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987)
Border Information Service (BIS):
Toll free: 1-800-461-9999
Making your report
When you contact the TRC, you will be asked about your trip, passengers, and whether you have any goods to declare. As the owner/operator of the boat, only you can report to the TRC. You must collect the information from each passenger onboard and provide it to the TRC.
2016 New Procedures in the U.S. for Small Boat Reporting
In 2016, new procedures for small boats reporting went into effect. Read more about it.
Pleasure Boats - Reporting departure from U.S., Cruising permit
Yes, whenever you depart the United States (U.S.) by pleasure boat/small vessel to a foreign country, you must obtain clearance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before departing. Read more.
Decals for Private Vessels over 30'
Decal Online Procurement System for private vessels 30′ or more, click here.
Travelers bringing food into the U.S. for personal use
You must declare all food products. Failure to declare food products can result in up to $10,000 in fines and penalties.
The following are generally admissible
Pleasure Boats - Obtaining a cruising license after old one expires
Cruising licenses are normally valid for up to a year. These licenses can be obtained from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Port Director at the first port of arrival in the United States. Read more.
The Canadian Border Boat Landing Program (I-68 Permit Program)
if you are a boater that frequently crosses the U.S./Canadian border by pleasure boat it may be in your best interest to participate in the program. If you are enrolled in NEXUS, you do not also have to enroll in the I-68 program. Read more.
Paying duty and taxes
Duty is a tariff payable on a good imported to Canada. Rates of Duty are established by the Department of Finance Canada and can vary significantly from one trade agreement to another. READ MORE.
The new U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) ROAM App can now be used when entering at state of Washington and Alaska Ports of Entry. The App can make your arrival reporting with U.S. Customs a lot easier. Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile, ROAM App, is an App...read more
Effective September 5, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) will no longer be in service and float plans will no longer be accepted. Customs and Border Protection is in the process of replacing SVRS, and...read more
Who Needs the AIS Prevention Permit?
Operators of recreational vessels not registered in Washington, seaplane operators, and commercial transporters of watercraft are required to purchase an AIS Prevention Permit. Operators should carry the permit on the vessel at all times. Permits can be obtained online or at any Fish and Wildlife license dealer. Online purchased permits are mailed, and you can print a temporary permit which is good for 10 days. Permits are valid for one year from date of activation.
Washington State AIS Prevention Permits or State Registration stickers are now required for watercraft and floatplanes operating on Washington waters. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife is implementing new 2018 AIS Prevention Permits. Fees from vessel registrations and registration stickers are not new. In preparing our Waggoner eNews article about the new permit, we discovered some implementation questions and concerns, and we asked WDFW to address them. We are happy to report that Allen Pleus, WDFW AIS Prevention Permit Administrator, has been helpful in responding to questions and concerns.read more