Originally Posted by phiggins
We're Canadians heading south from Toronto via the Oswego/Erie canal. Can we get our US cruising license
in Oswego or do we have to go to a point of entry like Rochester to get it?
I am always very excited when I hear about new inland waterways. This is off of the eerie canal web sight:
Masters of foreign flag vessels must report arrivals immediately to U.S. Customs
at the first U.S. port of entry. Boaters entering Canadian waters must contact a reporting station at their first opportunity.
that have transpired since the 2001 Navigation
Season, past procedures employed by the United States and Canadian Immigration and Customs
agencies are being reviewed. Currently, no new procedures or policies have been announced and no suspension of any programs or permits have been announced. According to a report in the February 23 edition of the Watertown Daily News, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
has no plan to ban pleasure boats from entering the U.S. via shared waterways with Canada
. The Watertown Daily News also reported that no decision has been made as to what the system will be for small boats; and that a variety of options and types of technology are being considered. Mariners wishing to cross between the U.S. and Canada
are advised to contact the appropriate agency for further clarification of any new procedures. The Canal Corporation regrets any inconvenience incurred by its customers as a result of this uncertain situation.
- U.S. Immigration and Naturalization: 1-800-375-5283
- U.S. Customs 1-800-927-5015
- Canadian Customs 1-888-CANPASS (1-888-226-7277)