Sault Ste Marie, Mich— U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Field Operations today announced the opening date of the Drummond Island reporting station for the 2015 summer boating season starting May 22.
Field Operations anticipates a busy summer boating season and will be staffing the Drummond Island reporting station at Yacht Haven seven days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. The hours were established three years ago based on previous boating activity at the reporting station. The earlier opening times better serve the local boating community and align with the operating hours of the marina.
The only other authorized reporting sites in the Eastern Upper Peninsula are located in Sault Ste Marie at George Kemp Marina and at Mackinaw Island via the Outlying Area Reporting System (OARS) video phone. Contact numbers are (906) 632-8822 for George Kemp Marina and (906) 493-5232 option 6 for Yacht Haven.
A new way to report this year is the Remote Traveler Inspection Pilot. This voluntary pilot project allows pleasure boaters to report their arrival in the United States via a web-based application after being in Canada, having contact with a foreign vessel, or coming in contact with a vessel entering U.S. waters from foreign waters.
U.S. citizens and nonimmigrant aliens from Canada entering the United States by land or sea are required to present a valid WHTI-compliant document, which include:
Children: U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 16 arriving by land or sea from a contiguous territory may present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate, or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
Groups of Children: U.S. and Canadian citizen children under age 19 arriving by land or sea from contiguous territory and traveling with a school group, religious group, social or cultural organization, or sports team, may also present an original or copy of his or her birth certificate, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, a Naturalization Certificate or a Canadian Citizenship Card.
Native Americans: Native American Indians born in the United States or Canada may continue to present their current tribal documents, including the current Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) card, as proof of identity and citizenship when entering by land or sea, provided the document is affixed with a photo.
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.