Erie, Pa. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Erie will participate in the annual Erie Safe Boating Day on June 11 at Liberty Park located on the bayfront from 9 a.m. until noon. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents will provide information on international pleasure boat reporting requirements, including the new Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) and answer questions from the local maritime community. Lake Erie is home to thousands of pleasure boaters who gravitate to the area for popular steelhead trout fishing and bass fishing tournaments.
"We have participated in this event in years past and it has always been a great way to meet Lake Erie boaters and remind them of reporting requirements. This event also provides us with a good opportunity to educate boaters regarding the online SVRS," said Steven Artino, Acting CBP Chicago Director, Office of Field Operations. "SVRS is a win-win because it adds security for CBP law enforcement purposes and is also a convenient and faster tool for boaters visiting Canada to pre-register with CBP to obtain an expedited clearance back into the United States."
SVRS is open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents, as well as Canadian citizens, Canadian landed commonwealth residents and Canadian landed immigrants who are nationals of a Visa Waiver Program country who have a valid passport and an Electronic System for Travel Authorization; or hold a U.S. visa for admittance, a valid passport, and a CBP Form I-94. Boat owners and passengers can fill out an online application and schedule a visit to an enrollment center near them to apply to the program. Boat owners or passengers who are currently members of a CBP Trusted Traveler Program (e.g., NEXUS or Global Entry), or who hold a current form I-68, can enroll without visiting an enrollment center.
For more information on SVRS or to begin the registration process, visit the SVRS page.
This year's event marks the 5th annual Erie Safe Boating Day sponsored by the Erie Safe Boating Task Force and Pennsylvania Fish and Game Commission. In additional to CBP, various law enforcement and rescue organizations have been invited to attend including U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and fire and water rescue agencies.
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.