Boaters and the border

With summer almost here, the Canada Border Services Agency is reminding boaters of the reporting obligations under the Customs Act when travelling between Canada and the United States.

All persons entering Canada must report their arrival to the CBSA. This is true for someone driving across the border, as it is for someone who is boating. When entering Canadian waters, the master of the vessel must report their arrival without delay.

"The CBSA is committed to ensuring the integrity of Canada's border, regardless of how someone arrives," said Anita Andersson, director, Okanagan and Kootenay District, with the CBSA. "Visiting a designated marine telephone reporting centre is a quick and easy way to ensure compliances with the law when entering by water. We wish all boaters a safe and fun-filled summer out on the lake this year."

The CBSA is providing these guidelines to boaters:

  • All private boaters who intend to land on Canadian soil, or who have departed Canadian waters and landed on U.S. soil, are required to report to a CBSA deisgnated marine reporting site in person. Upon arrival at a CBSA designated marine reporting site, follow the posted instructions on how to receive clearance.
  • The marine telephone reporting site for the Osoyoos area is located at the Osoyoos Starlite Marina.
  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents who have left Canadian waters and have not landed on U.S. soil and U.S. citizens and permanent residents who do not plan to land on Canadian soil but have crossed the border while cruising may use their cellular telephone to call the CBSA telephone reporting centre at 1-888-226-7277 to report their presence in Canadian waters.
  • At all times, if there are persons who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada or the United States aboard ship, the ship's master must proceed to a designated marine reporting site to report to the CBSA in person.

More information is available on the CBSA website, www.cbsa.gc.ca.


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