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Northern New York State

What Alternative Inspection Programs Does This Port Accept?

  • Canadian Border Boat Landing Permit Program (I-68)
  • NEXUS Program
  • Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS)

Participants in these programs may report their arrival to CBP by calling the number below. Unless directed by a CBP Officer, participants in these programs do not have to report for an in-person inspection. Visit the site to apply online for SVRS participation and schedule an appointment for an interview at one of the authorized enrollment centers.

Phone in Arrivals: 1-800-827-2851

What information do I have to have when I call?

Vessel masters must have the following information available:

  • Name, date of birth and citizenship of all persons on board (including passport number);
  • Name of the boat and/or boat registration number;
  • CBP user fee decal number (if 30 feet or longer);
  • Homeport and current location; and
  • Return contact number
  • Vessel masters who filed a float plan in SVRS only have to provide the float plan number.

Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS)

In March 2010, U.S. Customs and Border Protection developed the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS) for the Florida area of responsibility (AOR). This was expanded to the northern New York State area in spring of 2011. SVRS is a web-based automated on-line reporting system created for trusted traveler boating participants to expeditiously report their intended arrivals from foreign. In addition, the web-based system will facilitate the enrollment of new applicants for the SVRS Program. New applicants will be able to enroll and make an appointment for a face to face interview with a CBP Officer at an authorized reporting location of their choosing. Applicants currently participating in the NEXUS or I-68 programs are exempt the face to face interview. Once participation in the SVRS Program is granted by CBP, the participant will receive an email with their Boater Registration (BR) number and password for SVRS. The program is designed to provide SVRS participants an easy to use web-based tool to record and update their intended international travel on a private vessel by filing a float plan. Float plans consist of biographical information of all persons intending on traveling, vessel registration information and itinerary information. Once a float plan is entered and activated, SVRS will issue a float plan number. The float plan will be vetted by CBP prior to the vessel's entry or return to the United States. Upon entry or return to the United States, the SVRS participant who filed the float plan will contact the CBP Small Vessel Call Center (SVCC) to make a formal notification of arrival. Persons traveling who are not SVRS members must report to their nearest open marine Port of Entry or OARS videophone as noted below. Go to SVRS to file a float plan.

Reporting Procedures

Report for inspection to the nearest open marine Port of Entry:

Heart Island 9:30 a.m - 6:30 p.m. May to October
Cape Vincent 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. May to October
Ft. Covington 24/7 April to November

Outlying Area Reporting Station (OARS) System

Reporting can also be accomplished using a CBP OARS videophone. OARS sites are located at:

  • Dunkirk, NY
  • Erie Basin Marina (Buffalo)
  • North Tonawanda
  • Youngstown
  • Wilson
  • Olcott
  • Point Breeze
  • Rochester
  • Sodus Point
  • Oswego
  • Sackets Harbor
  • Clayton
  • Alexandria Bay
  • Morristown
  • Ogdensburg
  • Waddington
Last modified: 
April 11, 2014