Pacific Coast has a few things that let people have a good reason for not reporting exit/entry, etcetera. (sarcasm)
The Point Roberts, I'm super familiar with that place. In the old days even pre NAFTA, talking 1980's. You could launch a small boat near the BC Ferries terminal. Boat around the area and even fish
at the border marker--Point Roberts for on water fuel
was closest marina. They had a customs phone
on the dock
. Say you camped on the Canadian side and used Point Roberts for fuel
only--normally US Customs if they figured your just getting gas they'd let you report once instead of call every time you came to fuel up. People seldom called Canada when they returned to their camp site---beer and cigarettes alot cheaper at the marina. Guess people thought they got away with this. No electronic stuff that they have these days.
What people didn't know was Canada has something called the preclearance act:
preclearance laws” means the law of the United States with respect to customs, immigration, public health, food inspection and plant and animal health that is applicable to the admission of travellers or the importation of goods to the United States, including the laws listed in the schedule. It includes monetary penalty provisions in such law but does not include anything that would be considered criminal under Canadian law.
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“preclearance officer” means a person authorized by the United States to perform preclearance duties in Canada for the purposes of customs, immigration, public health, food inspection and plant and animal health.
The act is reviewed every 5 years and often repassed since 1974. Since Point Roberts can only be reached by Land via Canada. So U.S Customs agents are authorized as preclearance officers--lets them carry their guns
, etcetera while driving in Canada, back in those days. But it also let them pass on boat registration numbers and such to Canada. Cause under the act they are also technically "Canadian" federal law enforcement as well. Thats how US Customs have immigration at Canadian airports!
So very often the RCMP who don't usually police in this area would take a special trip to the campsites! They know how to tell American sold Canadian products like smokes and beer
are from the states. Even if you switch packages..............................
Point Roberts is in Blaine Sector overall. Since Delta
, BC and White Rock, etcetera are so close. Plus the electronic capabilities they are pretty good without that stuff. Besides close co-operation in designated preclearance, border patrol has lots of leeway near the border. On the ground assets from road vehicles to off road ATV's. Human intel.
A preclearance officer in the authorized preclearance zone:
Protection of persons acting under authority
12. (1) A preclearance officer is, if the officer acts on reasonable grounds, justified in doing what the officer is required or authorized to do under this Act or the regulations, and in using as much force as is necessary for that purpose.
When not protected
(2) A preclearance officer must not use force that is intended or is likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm unless the officer believes on reasonable grounds that it is necessary for self-preservation or the preservation of anyone under the officer’s protection from death or grievous bodily harm.
Besides the land based inside and outside both countries. So dealing with a U.S Customs agent inside Canada is just like dealing with all LAW ENFORCEMENT. The criminal law is American laws can't be applied inside Canada--they can charge YOU UNDER CANADIAN CRIMINAL LAWS! Many Canadians have thought they could treat these Officers like METER MAIDS and learned a painfull lesson! They can protect themselves just like ALL POLICE!!!!
Canada-U.S. Shiprider, officially known as Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (ICMLEO), represents a truly cooperative approach to combating cross border crime on Canada and U.S. shared waterways.
Canada-U.S. Shiprider removes the international maritime boundary as a barrier to law enforcement by enabling seamless continuity of enforcement and security operations across the border, facilitating cross-border surveillance and interdiction, and serving as both a force multiplier and, potentially, as a model for other U.S./Canadian cross-border (integrated) enforcement and security initiatives.
This enforcement initiative is governed by the 2009 Canada-U.S. Framework Agreement on Integrated Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations. The Framework Agreement on integrated law enforcement operations in boundary waters with the U.S. was signed in May 2009 by former Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan and Janet Napolitano, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security.
The two countries also have:
Frequently Asked Questions
IBET is an integrated bi-national law enforcement team involving agencies from both Canada and the United States. The team analyzes and responds to information gathered from a collection of border agencies pertaining to illegal cross border activity.
Through these intelligence-led partnerships, IBETs has the ability to focus on targeting national security, organized crime and other border related criminal activities.
There are currently 24 teams located in 15 IBET regions along the Canada/US border.
Note my sources are not some conspiracy its the RCMP!!!!
What the above means be very carefull if you attempt to manipulate Canada's and The United States immigration laws. They are possibly the simplest and most fair in the World between two countries. Gray areas are a lot harder to justify when they can and probably have everything you've done well documented.
Law Enforcement hate it when you are white lying thinking if you don't you'll get into real trouble. Sometimes not knowing the rules and how law enforcement is using them--gets you into trouble.
In other words find out before you do anything and be as honest as you can be in appearance. Actions speak louder than words!
RCMP training Depot is in Chilliwack, BC. They teach American law enforcement at this location. Part of all law enforcement training is real world with training officers. So sometimes they'll stop you just to show how an honest person behaves or not! British Columbia
could very well be the main real world training for this co-operative intergration or not. If it is chances are your going to run into patrols, etcetera.
Not that this is a bad scary conspiracy, so you all understand. Complete opposite--- makes it so we can be safe and secure. Go back to the days when Point Roberts was pretty open and free--un less you took advantage even innocently--pack of smokes smuggled back because get authorized to not check in all the time and these small amounts are "ok" as a innocent mistake. But large amounts smuggling gets you jailed. I think this co-operation will make things go into a positive way--a border with min hassle of red tape
and honest mistake will be forgiven much easier!!!!!
on the west coast
Id look into: Canadian Border Boat Landing (I-68) Program - CBP.gov
As a start.