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Old 06-11-2009, 11:06   #1
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Customs in Newfoundland

Can anyone give me concise info on clearing customs in Newfoundland (or anywhere in the maritimes)? I have read about the Nexus, I-68 and Canpass programs, but all of those plans have a cost attached and seem to pre-suppose that the vessel will enter Canada multiple times. What is the system for a one-time, one-trip entry.

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Here is a list of Ports of Entry.

This information is essential reading.

When you arrive at a port of entry there may be a customs / immigration office. If not, use the phone provided; the customs / immigration officials may come down or just give you a entry number to to be posted in a window and your logbook.

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Recreational boats

The master of a recreational boat is the person in charge. As master of the recreational boat, he or she is required to go to a designated telephone reporting marine site and call the telephone reporting centre at 1-888-226-7277. No one except the master may leave the boat until authorization is given by the CBSA.
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To find designated telephone reporting marine sites in your area, call 1-888-226-7277.
The master is required to follow these steps:
  • give the full name, date of birth and citizenship for every person on the boat;
  • give the destination, purpose of trip and length of stay in Canada for each passenger who is a nonresident of Canada;
  • give the length of absence for each passenger who is a returning resident of Canada;
  • give the passport and visa information of passengers, if applicable;
  • make sure all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship documents;
  • declare all goods being imported, including firearms and weapons;
  • report all currency and monetary instruments of a value equal to or greater than CAN$10,000;
  • for returning resident of Canada, declare all repairs or modifications made to goods, including the boat, while outside Canada; and
  • give true and complete information.
As proof of presentation, the border services officer will give the master a report number for their records. The master must give this number to a border services officer upon request.


Hope this helps.

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A couple of years ago I sailed into Nova Scotia from Newport RI. We called customs, they visited, did the usual checks and went away happy. No problem - we are a UK registered yacht.

We then sailed 100 or so miles to St Pierre which is, strangely, part of France, and had to enter Europe for a couple of days. We then went to Newfoundland where we had to clear into Canada again, but we did this on the phone and they were quite happy.

I don't remember Canadian customs as being difficult. The above post pretty much describes the CANPASS procedure we used.
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A further thought -
don't talk to Canadian customs on a satellite phone. I remember the conversation lasting a painfully expensive twenty minutes!
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Talking Yes they have strange customs in Newfoundland

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Thanks for the laugh cantxsailor!

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Actually, our resourceful Newfoundlanders have found a new use for sheep.......... wool!
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