Customs at a Glance

 

CLEARING BY TELEPHONE: “NEXUS” OR “1-68” PROGRAMS

Only two U.S. government programs allow boaters to clear Customs and Border Protection by telephone. They are “NEXUS” and “I-68”. In order to use either of these programs ALL persons aboard the vessel must possess either “NEXUS” or “I-68” permits. To clear, the master of the vessel must report “NEXUS” or “I-68” numbers and name for each permit holder aboard.

For clearance by telephone, masters, crew and passengers call 1 800 562 5943

If there are ANY people aboard who do not have these permits, the master of the vessel must call for a physical inspection by Customs and Border Protection.

ELIGIBILITY, REQUIREMENTS, PROCESS AND COSTS

(The granting of these permits is conditioned upon several requirements and activities that are beyond the scope of this “summary”)
Costs are as follows:

  • “NEXUS” – $50 per person valid for 5 years
  • “I-68” – $16 per person valid for 1 year ($32 for a family)

WITHOUT NEXUS OR I-68 FOR ALL PERSONS ABOARD (PHYSICAL INSPECTION REQUIRED)

The master of the vessel seeking to clear must call via telephone for a physical inspection and be able to supply the following information:

  • Vessel – registration or documentation numbers;
  • Persons – For Non “NEXUS” and Non “I-68” persons a passport and photo identification

For physical inspection at Point Roberts masters must telephone 360 945 5211

 

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