The US Customs says you have to, but I have not heard about anyone inforcing it. As for liquor you are bring, just don't claim it all. Also if anyone gets low on bevies, we will have a few cars there so we can make a beer run.
you SHOULD have one, last year we had 6 on a boat and no one had it, its easy to cruise along the river and kinda just cross over the boarder, plus its a big weekend with the port huron thing going on so there are a lot of boats coming and going
You can get your I68 at any customs office. We go to Algonac, they are super nice there. But if you are closer to Detroit, some of my friends get them there. They are $16.00 each, and you have to have 3 passport photo's, all identical
I have spoke with the INS many times on this subject (there has been alot of talk about it in the fishing forum over the last 2 years). I was told that if you are an American citizen and you officially land in Canada (defined as touching Canadian soil and reprting it to Customs) you need the I68 to return to the US without passing US Customs.
I dont get one and I cross the border alot. BUt I dont land in Canada, I just fish there.
We need it for the same purpose you do, so we don't have to report to INS in person. I fould this on the net, could be pretty useful info...
Under the Form I-68 program, applicants for admission into the United States by small pleasure boats are inspected and issued a single boating permit for the entire boating season. This permit enables them to enter the United States from Canada for recreational purposes without the need to report to INS for further inspection. United States citizens or lawful permanent residents and Canadian citizens or landed immigrants of Canada are eligible to apply for Form I-68. For those who are not United States Citizens (USCs) or lawful permanent residents of the United States, Form I-68 authorizes admission within the immediate shore area of the United States for no more than 72 hours at a time.
Boaters not in possession of a valid Form I-68 must either report in person for inspection at a port-of-entry or utilize one of the 33 OARS videophone stations each time they apply for admission to the United States. Under the OARS program, videophones installed at public marinas along the Canadian border provide an automated inspection service enabling two-way visual and audio communication between the inspector and the applicant for admission. Any non-USC who does not comply with these procedures will be subject to adverse actions under the provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.