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Boaters can now enter the U.S. with just a phone call

Boaters can now enter the U.S. with just a phone call

by Tim Flanagan on July 13, 2011

Deborah Bach has the story at Three Sheets Northwest:

A new federal program aims to make it easier for boaters to report to authorities when arriving in the United States and standardize the patchwork of systems used by various states.

And within the next few years, all boaters wanting to check in by phone will need to enroll in the Small Vessel Reporting System (SVRS).

Launched nationwide in May, the initiative allows boaters to call a designated number from onboard their vessels and report their arrival in the U.S. without needing to go to a port of entry.

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1 Andre July 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Make sure you read the comments in this three sheets NW article. I called the CBP and was told this program is not yet ready in this area.

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