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Old 22-03-2016, 20:07   #1
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Departure Clearance

Hello All,

Seeking info regarding customs and immigration clearance for departure from Ft Lauderdale. What is the process of clearance? What permits or documents I have to present before departing for another country?

Any help and info would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 22-03-2016, 20:50   #2
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Are you US citizens on a US Flagged boat? Where are you heading to? More info is needed to answer your question.


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Old 22-03-2016, 20:58   #3
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I am a bermuda national. Just purchased a 70 foot motor trawler which has a US flag at the moment. Heading to Bermuda.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, seaboyblue.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, seaboyblue.
Many thanks for the warm welcome. Looking forward to being a part of the discussion groups.
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Old 23-03-2016, 07:08   #6
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Re: Departure Clearance

Two issues going on: you and your crew (immigration) and the vessel (customs). Typically, leaving is not a problem for any country (even the US), unless you are in the country on a cruising permit. A US-flagged vessel leaving a US port is not questioned. Any vessel entering a US port must report in some fashion, and the US government has made it slightly easier to do this remotely if you register in advance. Specific questions can be addressed by contacting US customs & border protection at: Contact Us | U.S. Customs and Border Protection

More on private vessel reporting requirements: Pleasure Boats and Private Flyers | U.S. Customs and Border Protection
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Old 23-03-2016, 12:17   #7
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A big issue for some countries you are going to: they require you to show documents showing your departure from your last country - boat and/or crew.
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A big issue for some countries you are going to: they require you to show documents showing your departure from your last country - boat and/or crew.
And we all know how HM Customs Bermuda are sticklers for details. Whatever you hear on Internet boards, checking with the US Coast Guard and Immigration (as suggested above) is where you will get definitive information.
Everything else is anecdote.
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Was your new to you vessel federally documented? Have you re-registered the vessel in your name? I don't know what Bermuda will want but for sure the U.S. title and registration papers will need to be replaced.
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I am a bermuda national. Just purchased a 70 foot motor trawler which has a US flag at the moment. Heading to Bermuda.

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Start with US and Bermudian Customs first to verify that your new purchase has no tax implications , then proceed from there
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