New Expedited Return for Trusted US Boaters from Bahamas
For our many guests who arrive by boat from South Florida, it’s now quicker to check back in after your visit to the beautiful Bahamas. Here are all the details from the US Customs and Border Protection program:
The small-vessel reporting system rolled out by U.S. Customs and Border Protection allows boat owners and passengers who are already members of the agency’s Trusted Traveler Program to register online for free, expedited clearance when they return home from foreign ports.
These “trusted travelers” may visit www.cbp.gov/svrs to enroll for the new service before casting off. They are not required to sign up in person. Boat skippers and passengers who haven’t been pre-screened through may apply online, then schedule a visit to an enrollment center in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Riviera Beach or Key West.
Once enrolled, a boat owner files a float plan and receives a special identification number before leaving the US or prior to heading home if the voyage begins abroad. On arrival in South Florida, the skipper calls a CBP phone number, gives the float plan ID number, answers a few questions, and receives clearance without having to report anywhere else.
Boat owners and passengers who haven’t signed up for the new program will have to follow normal clearance procedures. That means immediately reporting their arrivals back in the US by calling 1-800-432-1216 or 1-800-451-0393, or going to a designated reporting location such as the Port of Miami, Port Everglades, Opa-locka Executive Airport or the general aviation facility located at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
CBP reminds boaters that failure to report entry into the US can result in fines of up to $10,000 and seizure and forfeiture of the vessel.