DEDICATED TO PROMOTE FAIR BOATING LAWS AND SAFER WATERWAYS FOR THE BOATING PUBLIC
U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer
Reminder for All Pleasure Boaters
Washington, DC -U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is advising boaters to make sure they follow the below guidelines while they are cruising on their boats.
We ask those private boaters operating in our area of responsibility to be safe and to properly report into CBP while enjoying the waterways in their private boats.
The “Notice of Violation” is a warning, not a penalty. It will serve as a record of formal notification to the master of the vessel who is responsible for fulfilling proper vessel reporting requirements to CBP. This formal notification provides individuals arriving by vessel the responsibility of reporting their arrival as well as all articles accompanying them to CBP.
The master of a vessel who fails to report arrival is liable for a civil penalty of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation, and any conveyance used in connection with any such violation is subject to seizure and forfeiture. Any individual who fails to report their arrival, as well as all articles accompanying them, is liable for a civil penalty of $5,000 for the first violation, and $10,000 for each subsequent violation.
Pursuant to 19 CFR 4.2, operators of small pleasure vessels, arriving in the United States from a foreign port or place to include any vessel which has visited a hovering vessel or received merchandise outside the territorial sea, are required to report their arrival to CBP immediately (see 19 U.S.C. 1433).
The master of the vessel reports their arrival at the nearest Customs facility or such other place as the Secretary may prescribe by regulations. These reports are tracked in the Pleasure Boat Reporting System. Pursuant to 8 CFR 235.1, an application to lawfully enter the United States must be made in person to a CBP officer at a U.S. port-of-entry when the port is open for inspection.
Local Boater Option (LBO)
What telephone number do I call upon arrival into Florida?
The Florida Small Vessel Call Center (SVCC) can be reached at 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393
To make formal notification of arrival on a float plan filed in SVRS call 1-877-330-7327.
What Information Do I Have to Have When I Call?
Vessel masters must have the following information available:
Vessel masters who filed a float plan in SVRS only have to provide the float plan number.
Port of Miami
West Palm Beach
Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie County Intl. Airport
Ft. Myers SW Florida Intl. Airport
For further information regarding Pleasure Boat Reporting Requirements please visit the CBP website. ( Pleasure Boat Reporting Requirements ).
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.
Copies of the US Coast Guard Float Plan can be printed from the following link:
Program Eases Boaters' Re-Entry to U.S.
MIAMI ---- Some recreational U.S. boaters returning from foreign ports may not have to go through an in-person re-entry interview under a new program launched by U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection.
The Local Boater Option program, launched in October gives boaters in Tampa, Miami, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands the choice to register in advance with the agency, eliminating in most cases a requirement to meet with officials after every foreign visit.
Boaters previously had to call the agency when returning to the United States and then had 24 hours to report in person for an interview.
Under the new process, boaters will be allowed to complete a one-time registration with their local customs office. After providing details about themselves and their vessels, they receive a personal registration number to use when calling after visiting a foreign port. In most cases, they will not have to show up for a face-to-face interview process.
Every person aboard an incoming boat must have a registration number in order to bypass the interview process, officials said
To enroll in the Local Boater Option, set up an appointment by calling 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393.
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