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Who Must Report?

Pleasure boat operators/master have the responsibility for reporting to the nearest U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility or other location designated by the Port Director when arriving in any port or place within the U.S. from a foreign port or place (including a hovering vessel) immediately upon their arrival in accordance with 19 CFR 4.2(a).


The master or designee of the boat 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.

Arrivals requiring an in-person report to a CBP officer may be made at one of the following designated areas. The boat must be made available for inspection at a CBP designated area for possible boarding at the time of arrival.


How do I report?

To fulfill this reporting requirement, pleasure boat operators arriving within the jurisdictions covered by the Port of Baltimore, Maryland should report their arrival to:


U.S. Custom & Border Protection
40 South Gay Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Hours of operation: 8:00AM-6:00 PM Monday-Friday
(410) 962-2806

If arrival occurs after normal business hours, boaters must call 410-865-2100 x 0 to report their arrival. A CBP officer will provide further instructions regarding reporting and entry processing.

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 the above stated section upon conviction is liable for a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for 1 year or both.

All documented or registered vessels 30 feet in length or greater are required to pay an annual processing fee of $25.00 in U.S. dollars if crossing international borders.

Payment is required for the vessel at or before the time of the first arrival if each calendar year. If you report your arrival in person or by telephone and a fee is applicable, you may charge the fee to your American Express, Discover, Visa or Master Card. A non-transferable decal will be issued upon payment and mailed to your address of record. CBP will not grant a clearance if outstanding fees are due.

Decals may also be purchased via the Internet at the DTOPS Web Site. (DTOPS) If you purchase your decal through the Mellon Bank, Pittsburg, PA, the CBP user fee administrator will handle your annual decal mailings/reminders at the Mellon Bank. Please carry a copy of the decal application for verification if you have submitted payment to Mellon Bank and have not received your decal.

Reporting Location

40 South Gay Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
or call (410) 962-2806

If you have questions regarding this information notice please contact a CBP Supervisory Officer at (410) 962-2329

Last published: 
May 9, 2017