August 27th, 2018
The US Customs and Border Protection announced in August that the SVRS (Small Vessel Reporting System) will no longer be in service and float plans will no longer be accepted. Boaters can continue to report their arrival via the designated telephone reporting numbers or download the CBP ROAM (U.S. Customs and Border Protections’s Reporting Offsite Arrival – Mobile) app from the Apple or Google Play Store.
All pleasure boats arriving in U.S. waters from a foreign port are required to report their arrival. Previously, the skipper personally reported the arrival to the nearest Customs facility, which was tracked in the Pleasure Boat Reporting System.
With the new CBP ROAM app, pleasure boaters can now report their entry into the US via their smart phone or tablet. The app also qualifies as an Alternative Inspection System that satisfies the boat operator’s legal requirements to report for ‘face-to-face inspection’ (with some exceptions.)
According to the U.S. Customers and Border Protection website:
To use the CBP ROAM app, travelers input their biographic, conveyance, and trip details and submit their trip for CBP Officer (CBPO) review. The CBPO may initiate a video chat to further interview travelers. Once the CBPO reviews the trip, travelers will receive a push notification and an email with their admissibility decision and next steps, if applicable. Travelers using the CBP ROAM app may use the app to apply to become Verified Travelers (which includes existing LBO, SVRS, and I-68 numbers) and receive expedited processing on future arrivals.
Once the traveler downloads the app, they are prompted to create and save ‘traveler and conveyance profiles’, which can be reused for repeat entry into the U.S.
For any questions or concerns about the CBP ROAM app, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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