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    CBP Announces Small Boat Port Rules Rules for Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia May 3rd, 2007 U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2007
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      CBP Announces Small Boat Port Rules
      Rules for Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia
      May 3rd, 2007

      U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announces the procedures for
      small boats arriving in the United States for the summer boating season.
      The private boat clearance procedures are part of CBP's comprehensive
      effort to improve security at our nation's borders while enhancing
      legitimate travel, including private boaters.


      Who Must Report:


      All U.S. Citizens and aliens seeking entry to the United States MUST
      REPORT their arrivals.


      Masters -- The master or person in charge of the boat must report their
      arrival to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. For the purpose of these
      instructions, the term "boat," means any vessel not engaged in trade or
      documented trade (not carrying merchandise or passengers for hire) such
      as pleasure boats and yachts, regardless of size. This requirement
      applies to all boats regardless of country of registration.
      Additionally, boats registered outside the U.S. must contact a local CBP
      office for a cruising license.


      Aliens -- All aliens (including alien crewmen) who are applicants for
      admission or otherwise seeking admission or readmission into the U.S.
      must report for inspection by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection
      Officer.


      U.S. Citizens -- Persons claiming to be U.S. citizens must report to a
      U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer to establish that fact to the
      examining officer's satisfaction.


      When Reporting Is Required:


      Masters must report their arrival to U.S. Customs and Border Protection
      if having been engaged in any of the below activities:


      -- After having been at any foreign port or place
      -- After having had contact with any hovering vessel

      Reporting Procedure:


      The master or designee may go ashore only to report the arrival to U.S.
      Customs and Border Protection either in person or by telephone. No other
      person may leave or board the boat and no baggage or merchandise may be
      removed or loaded until the report of arrival is made and release
      granted by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer.


      Where to Report:


      Reports of arrival may be made at any of the following ports of entry.
      Upon report of arrival a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer will
      provide further instructions regarding designated reporting locations
      and entry processing. The boat must be made available for possible
      boarding at the time of the report.


      Ports of Entry:

      -- Newport News, Virginia
      (757) 245-6470 (24 hr)
      -- Norfolk, Virginia
      (757) 533-4211 (8 am to 5 pm)
      (757) 533-4218 (after hrs reporting)
      -- Richmond, Virginia
      (804) 226-9675 (24 hr)
      -- Beaufort/Morehead City, North Carolina
      (252) 726-5845 (24 hr)
      -- Wilmington, North Carolina
      (910) 772-5900 (24 hr)
      -- Charleston, South Carolina
      (843) 579-6524 (24 hr)
      -- Port of Savannah, Georgia
      (912) 232-7507 (24 hr)
      -- Port of Brunswick, Georgia
      (912) 262-6692 (8 am to 5 pm)
      (912) 262-1173 (after hrs reporting)

      Cruising Licenses:


      Upon arrival at each port or place in the United States, the master
      shall report the fact of arrival to the nearest Customs and Border
      Protection port of entry. Foreign flagged yachts in possession of a
      cruising license shall not engage in trade or violate the laws of the
      United States in any respect. Applications for cruising licenses are to
      be obtained from the CBP port director at the first port of arrival in
      the United States.


      Failure to Report:


      Failure to report can result in civil penalties as defined in Title 19,
      United States Code, Section 1436 to include a penalty of $5,000 for the
      first violation and $10,000 for each subsequent violation with the
      conveyance subject to seizure and forfeiture. In addition to being
      liable for a civil penalty, any master who intentionally commits a
      violation under subsection (a) of this section upon conviction is liable
      for a fine of not more than $2,000 or imprisonment for 1 year or both.


      Fees:


      All documented or registered vessels 30 feet in length or greater are
      required to pay an annual processing (user fee) of $25.00 (U.S.
      currency). Payment is required for the vessel at or before the time of
      the first arrival for each calendar year. Private pleasure vessels not
      required to pay a user fee include vessels less than 30 feet in length
      and vessels granted a cruising license, under 19CFR4.94, during the term
      of the license.


      User fee decals may be purchased by mailing payment and a completed
      Annual User Fee Decal Request, CBP form 339 to:


      Customs and Border Protection
      Decal Program Administrator
      P.O. Box 382030
      Pittsburgh, PA 15250-8030


      Decals may also be purchased via the Internet
      https://tradelinks4.mellon.com/cbp/Dispatcher


      If you purchased your decal through the Mellon Bank, Pittsburgh, Pa.,
      the U.S. Customs and Border Protection User Fee Administrator will
      handle your annual decal mailings/reminders at the Mellon Bank. Please
      carry a copy of the decal application for verification if you have
      submitted payment to Mellon Bank and have not received your decal.


      Statutory and Administrative Authorities:

      19USC1433(a)(1) Report of Arrival of Vessels
      19CFR4.2 Reports of Arrival of Vessels
      8USC1225(a)(3) Inspection by Immigration Officers
      8CFR235.1 Inspection of Persons Applying for Admission
      19CFR4.51 Reporting Requirements for Persons Arriving by Vessel

      Reporting Suspicious Activities:


      Please report any suspicious activities observed to 1-800-BE-ALERT
      (1-800-232-5378) or the after hours toll free number 1-800-562-5943.


      U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the unified border agency
      within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management,
      control, and protection of our Nation's borders at and between the
      official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and
      terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S.
      laws.


      Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection

      CONTACT: U.S. Customs and Border Protection Public Affairs,
      +1-678-284-5947


      Web site: http://www.cbp.gov/
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      Homeland Security Coast Guard presumes all are U.S. Citizens, according
      to its website.

      The States where this cruising fee is being imposed are all former
      confederate States, probably considered to be still under
      Reconstruction. These fees are going to be reciprocated by foreign
      countries, which is a tax on personal liberty. Isn't our Government
      wonderful ?

      "For the purpose of these instructions, the term "boat," means any
      vessel not engaged in trade or documented trade (not carrying
      merchandise or passengers for hire) such as pleasure boats and yachts,
      regardless of size."

      So, now we have statutes, regulations, and instructions in writing. Any
      ideas on how to challenge these instructions on a personal, not general
      (hopeless), basis, without paying a fee, so determinations have already
      been made before you encounter a floating gestapo who has yet another
      excuse to seize your stuff ?
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