Canadian waters you MUST call into a reporting centre at 1-888-226-7277.
Only the master on the vessel can do this. He/She must give full name, date
of birth and citizenship for every person on board.Destination, purpose of
trip and length of stay also passport info. Make sure all passengers have
photo identification and proof of citizenship. Declare all goods being
YES! You must do this even if you are only boating or fishing in Canada!
Nobody likes this but it has to be done!
Once you are cleared you will be given a report number. Hold onto this for
your proof you have reported. $1000 fine if you don't!
They are allowing cell phone calls to report but you cannot call until you
are in Canadian water UNLESS YOU HAVE NEXUS! If all passengers on board
carry nexus, you can call in up to 4 hours in advance. Cell phone coverage
is hit and miss out there and they can call you into a port for inspection.
If you are north of Metro the port for inspection is PORT HURON. Yep! plan
on taking a nice ride! On the south end of the lake there are more marinas
they can call you into.
When returning to the U.S. you only need to call in if you have anchored,
touched another boat, or landed in Canada. Other than that you are free to
come home, BUT if you have to report, every person on board must have 1 of 3
on them. A Nexus card, I-68 form or a new system called SVRS that is still
being worked out. If everyone has one of these forms of identification you
will most likely be cleared. Anything else and you will be instructed on
where to report. You notice Passport was not mentioned! Neither was enhanced
drivers license! Only one of these 3 documents will be recognized! There are
several ports on our side and they said most likely they will come to you.
Once again if all passengers have the proper documentation you can call in
up to 4 hrs in advance.
Numbers to call in to U.S. are Detroit area 1-313-393-3793 or
1-313-393-3949. In the Port Huron area 1-810-985-9541 ext. 235. My paperwork
I received last night claims there is a reporting site in Algonac, But they
did not mention this last night.
You can fill out you nexus application on line at the Global Online
Enrollment System. See www.nexus.gc.ca for details. They are taking about 6
to 8 weeks. The cost is $50.00 and they last 5yrs.
This post has been edited by walleyechris: 03 April 2012 - 09:24 PM