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CBP in Vermont Reminds Boaters of Vessel Reporting Procedures

Release Date: 
May 18, 2012

Derby Line, Vt .- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in Vermont is reminding individuals for the upcoming boating season, which traditionally runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, to process small vessel arrivals, including in-person immigration processing. CBP officers will be available to process boaters at Lake Memphremagog, to process small vessel arrivals, and the master or person in charge of the boat must report their arrival to CBP. This means any vessel not engaged in trade, or documented trade such as pleasure boats and yachts, regardless of size and country of registration.

When Reporting Is Required

*After having visited any foreign port or place

*After having had contact with any hovering vessel

Reporting Procedure

The master or designee may go ashore only to report the arrival to CBP either in person or by telephone. No other person may leave or board the boat and no baggage or merchandise may be removed or loaded until the report of arrival is made and release granted by a CBP officer.

Masters, crew and passengers must report their arrivals immediately upon entering the United States by calling (802) 873-3489 or going to the Newport City Boat Dock to speak with a CBP officer or by utilizing the Outlying Area Reporting Station (OARS) videophone.

Failure to report can result in civil penalties as defined in Title 19, United States Code, Section 1436 to include a penalty of $5,000 for the first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation with the conveyance subject to seizure and forfeiture. In addition to being liable for a civil penalty, any master who intentionally commits a violation under Subsection (a) of this section, if convicted, is liable for a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for 1 year, or both.

Please note that all documented or registered vessels 30 feet in length or greater are required to pay an annual processing (user fee) of $27.50 in U.S. dollars if crossing the international border.

Decals for vessels may also be purchased via the Internet. For more information, please visit the CBP DTOPS web site. (DTOPS)

Please report any suspicious activities observed to 1-800-BE-ALERT (1-800-232-5378).

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 official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017