Links of Interest:
Customs and Border Crossing: Quick Reference Guide
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Note: Small pleasure vessels leaving a United States port into international or foreign waters, without a call at a foreign port, are not considered to have made a departure for the purposes of CBP reporting requirements. Therefore, certain fishing vessels or any vessel that leaves from a United States port and returns without calling a foreign port or place, have not departed the United States, and are not required to report their arrival to CBP; ie: a fishing trip into Canadian waters and return to the U.S. without landing in Canada.
Clearing by Telephone: "Nexus" or "I-68" Programs
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
Without NEXUS or I-68 for ALL Persons aboard (Physical Inspection Required)
For physical inspection at Point Roberts masters must telephone (360) 945-5211
►VESSEL PERMITS U.S. Government (State of Washington permits are separate)
Vessels with a length of 30 feet and greater seeking to enter the U.S. must have onboard or purchase an annual user fee decal.
Vessels less than 30 feet in length do not require a permit decal. However, vessels must clear either by telephone or by physical inspection as explained above.
This information if a general overview, supplied as a courtesy to tenants of Point Roberts Marina and is neither official nor complete. For official detailed information contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection Point Roberts station telephone (360) 945-5211