Skip to comments.Yukon boaters irked by new Alaska customs rules
Posted on 06/14/2013 5:47:23 PM PDT by george76
A new director of customs in Skagway, Alaska, is creating confusion for Yukon boat owners with new registration and reporting rules that don't seem to be written anywhere.
The rules affect about 250 Yukoners who have bought and registered boats in Alaska and moor them in Skagway.
We're ready to go, said Yukon boater Bob Cameron. We all want to go, but what do we do? We're a little bit scared to untie our boats."
That's because if the boater is Canadian, Skagway's director of Customs and Border Services is requiring them to report where theyre going. They must also report by fax into any U.S. ports they visit.
For example, a pleasure boater now has to register with the Skagway office that they intend to boat to Haines, then report in at the office in Haines, then register an intent to continue on to Juneau, and so on.
None of the rules appear in Customs written requirements.
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“None of the rules appear in Customs written requirements.”
I imagine if they just pay the $500 annual boating fee to the agent it would be a lot easier than all of those forms and permits. Oddly, the fee isn’t in the requirements either.
I imagine you simply find out what the Govt Drone Drinks, leave a Fifth or Half Gallon in his front seat, he will develop selective sight.
(Pretend you live in New Orleans, it’s Booze or Bucks to get anything done)
Selective Sight = Selective Enforcement
what a painski in the buttski..
yur Big gubamint muckin’ it up.
Sorry, you are Canadian so border enforcement applies to you. Get a Mexican crew and all will be forgiven.
Bears gotta eat too.
I heard that a few times when I was in Alaska several decades ago. Once by a State Cop too, kind of eye opening in the right circumstances.
Mumbai on the Arctic ~
I don’t fear laws so much, but regulations and bureaucrat regulators scare the crap out of me.
The last time I went through that border crossing from Canada into Skagway (1987), the U.S. Customs officer at that time was one of the biggest a-holes I have ever run across. Sounds like the tradition is in place.
Yukon boat owners are frustrated with lack of clarity by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Alaska. Despite many of their boats being registered in Alaska, they are being told their boats are foreign vessels. This message was relayed from Skagway Port of Entry Director Mary Nagy at one of two meetings held in May.
the only thing that has been made clear to them is the penalties they will face if they break Alaska Border Protection’s demands.
The RUSH did contact Nagy, but referred us to Border Protection who has yet to return our call seeking comment.
I had no idea that baksheesh was an Inuit word!
It is a universally accepted term ~ everybody in every language knows what it is.
have you heard about this?
To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.
I had to look at the map to see the relation of Skagway and Haines. It would be like having somebody land at LAX, clear customs, and be told they have to report to Customs at Disneyland. You would have to go a ways to touch Canada again requiring a customs inspection
The Canucks should tell this jack-booted thug wannabe that they are mudslimes and I bet all their problems go away.
Obama has started all kinds of rules & regs that pisses the Canadians right off; all my Canadian Friends hate Obama anyway. Canadians spend money in Alaska, things are cheaper here, less taxes too. When my friends from Canada visit, they go through all my sale catalogs and mail things to my house, then take them back to Canada on one of their trips, avoid duties that they have to pay if mailed to Canada. Wages are also higher in Canada which is nice for them. Canada and USA should have a completely open border, but Governments all want the money to be made off borders. For most locals, the border is open, no way for govts to control all the area. Why they can't stop all the Mexicans in the first place..
How was the Spring melt off this year? Did the river ice do much damage?