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CBP Reminds Great Lakes Pleasure Boaters of Reporting Requirements

Authored by Cindy Badley
May 15, 2024

News Release

Release Date: 5/2/2024

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 CBP Reminds Great Lakes Pleasure Boaters of Reporting Requirements

 DETROIT – Boating season is approaching fast and U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Office of Field Operations reminds travelers of pleasure boat reporting requirements in the Great Lakes region.

 Operators of small pleasure vessels arriving from a foreign port or place, to include any vessel which has visited a hovering vessel or received merchandise outside the territorial sea, are required to report their arrival to CBP immediately upon landing in the U.S.

 As part of CBP’s comprehensive effort to improve the security of our nation's borders while enhancing legitimate travel, the agency encourages the use of CBP ROAM™ for reporting offsite arrival. CBP ROAM™ is a free mobile application, available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, that allows pleasure boaters to conveniently report their U.S. entry to CBP via their personal smart device or a tablet.

 CBP ROAM™ qualifies as an Alternative Inspection System that satisfies the boat operator's legal requirement to report for face-to-face inspection in accordance with 8 CFR 235.1, with some exceptions:

•       Travelers who require an I-94.

•           Travelers who must pay duties on imported goods; and

•           Other circumstances as applicable.

Reporting may also be made to the CBP office nearest to your point of entry. Additional information about pleasure boat reporting requirements can be found here.

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 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is America’s frontline:  the nation’s largest law enforcement organization and the world’s first unified border management agency. The 65,000+ men and women of CBP protect America on the ground, in the air, and on the seas. We facilitate safe, lawful travel and trade and ensure our country's economic prosperity. We enhance the nation’s security through innovation, intelligence, collaboration, and trust. 

 Youssef Fawaz

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Office of Public Affairs | Detroit