Things have changed a bit since "our" 9/11. There are not any new laws on the books
its just that with our new Home Land Security
existing rules are being enforced. I'm not sure how long you have lived in the area, but I assure you that your frustration is shared by your neighbors on the other side of the lake.
Have you and crew gotten a NEXUS card?(or a form I68? ) They make checking in a breeze! (for both directions)
I spend the whole summer sailing back and forth to Canada
,and my many Canadian friends do the same. Unfortunately if you have a boat 30' and over,and you want to land in the U.S. and you want to follow the law, its gonna cost you $27.50/year.( by the way,US vessels returning from Canada are also required to have the sticker, we aren't just picking on Canadians) I bet you would save that in one fuel
I'm pretty sure every thing can be done on-line. Here's a couple phone
numbers you can call to see if you can pick them up in person, and a link to the CBP site. Good luck, hope to see you around this summer. Hope this helps.
Name:Detroit-Windsor TunnelPhone:(313) 393-3793Fax:(313) 226-2193Operational Hours:Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)
Name:Ambassador Bridge Passenger FacilityPhone:(313) 226-3141Fax:(313) 226-3179Operational Hours:Twenty Four (24) Hours A Day
Seven Days A Week (7)
The Reason Behind The Fee(sticker):
On April 7, 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Consolidate Omnibus Budget
Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) (P.L. 99-272), which authorizes the U.S. Customs Service
to collect user fees
for various services. The law, initially established processing fees
for air and sea passengers, commercial
trucks, rail cars, private vessels, dutiable mail packages, and Customs broker permits. The collection of the COBRA fees for Customs services began on July 7, 1986.
The User Fee was established to offset inspection
costs that were previously funded solely by general taxpayer revenue.
User Fee Payment Required
Payment of the User Fee is required if:
- You operate a vehicle for commercial purposes that enters the United States.
- You operate a private vessel that is 30 feet or more in length that enters the United States.
- In order to qualify as a private vessel requiring a decal, the vessel cannot carry passengers who pay a fare.
- You operate an aircraft, which is non-commercial and enters the United States.
There is more detailed information related to the requirements of the User Fee in the Code of Federal Regulations
: 19 CFR 24.22.
Cost of Annual User Fee
2009 costs of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) User Fees are as follows:
- Private Aircraft Decal: $27.50 (U.S.) per calendar year*
- Private Vessel Decal (30 feet or more in length): $27.50 (U.S.) per calendar year*
- Commercial Vehicle User Fee – $100.00 – U.S. CBP, $105.00 – Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
- Canadian Border – $205.00 (U.S.) per calendar year
- Mexican Border – $205.00 (U.S.) per calendar year
APHIS is responsible for protecting U.S. crops and livestock from pests and diseases and for monitoring and promoting wildlife management and animal welfare. The current
proposal published in the Federal Register on February 26, 2007 indicates the removal
of Canada’s exemption from the APHIS Fee for Commercial Vehicles is scheduled for June 1, 2007.
The User Fee will not
be pro-rated for purchases made mid- year. The User Fee year begins January 1st and ends December 31st. Therefore, all User Fees expire January 1st and are eligible for renewal.
This is the page with the complete info: User Fee Decals and Transponders - CBP.gov
If you Google
CBP you will find the home site.