From today's Noonsite.com posting:
Noonsite received a report this week of new regulations applying to foreign-flagged vessels visiting the USA. According to the report, after initial entry into the country, yachts must report to CBP (Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security) each time they move from one port to another, or even from one berth/marina to another within one port. It appears a yacht was recently fined $5,000 in Jacksonville, Florida for failing to report a move from one berth to another.
What follows in this link is the official regs. An effective sleeping aid, I might add.
I am totally supportive of the idea that as a foreign-flagged vessel I should I.D. myself, fly a Q flag, allow boardings, etc. once I pull into a U.S. port. Your country, your rules.
I suppose I can persuade myself that going from one port to another once I've been cleared into the U.S. is somehow necessary, because it's like filing an obligatory sail plan. Other countries only require the single entry notification, but as the U.S. is large and there's such a welter of local, state and federal officials, fine. Stamp away.
But needing to alert Homeland Security if I go from a mooring to a dock, or from a yacht club to a marina (easy to see if I exhaust my reciprocal privileges and still wish to visit a particular town or require work done)?
This seems like overkill.
My impression is that other countries handle this sort of thing with a zarpe
or other visa-type document you can flash at port officials...if they bother to ask. The onus isn't on the boat owner to report his/her every bubbling of the rudder.
That seems like bureaucracy gone nuts. Oh, and while I've typed this post, 50 Mexicans crossed the Rio Grande.