NEXUS

Marine

NEXUS is available at over 450 reporting sites across Canada and at all marine crossings southbound into the United States (U.S.). The boat master is the person in charge of the boat. Boat masters are responsible for presenting themselves and their passengers to border officers, and for reporting all goods on behalf of the NEXUS members on board. All persons on board must be NEXUS members in order to take advantage of NEXUS reporting procedures.

Entering Canada

The boat master must do the following:

  • Call the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre (TRC) at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987);
  • Provide advance notice to the CBSA at least 30 minutes (minimum) and up to four hours (maximum) prior to arriving in Canada. The boat master must provide the following information to the TRC:
    • an estimated time of arrival;
    • the name and location of the landing site of arrival (in Canada, it must be a "designated site");
    • the registration number and/or name of the boat;
    • the full name, date of birth and country of citizenship and/or permanent residence status of all NEXUS members on board;
    • the destination, purpose of the trip and length of stay in Canada for each passenger; and
    • the passport and visa details of passengers when applicable or required.
  • Ensure that all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship, permanent residence status and/or other immigration status documents when applicable or required; and
  • Declare all goods being imported, including currency information.

If any information changes before arrival, contact the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987).

In addition to the above, the person in charge of the conveyance is responsible for the following:

  • ensuring that all people being transported into Canada on board the pleasure craft are in possession of all travel documents required by the legislation, i.e. passports, visas, or other; and
  • the removal of inadmissible passengers and any associated administrative and medical expenses and fees.

Note: Any contraventions of the legislation may result in detention, seizure or forfeiture of the conveyance and/or lead to criminal prosecution, monetary penalties and/or imprisonment.

As proof of presentation, the boat master will receive a report number for his or her records and he or she must produce this number when asked to do so by border officers.

If a border officer is not at the specified landing site to meet the boat at the reported estimated time of arrival or actual time of arrival, the individuals who have reported may proceed to their intended final destination.

Travelling with non-NEXUS members: All persons on board must be NEXUS members in order to take advantage of NEXUS reporting procedures.

Declaring Goods

Canadian residents returning to Canada by the marine mode of transportation who purchase, receive or acquire goods while outside Canada MUST declare all goods, including those within their personal exemption.

Canadian residents

If you are a NEXUS member and a Canadian resident and you are importing goods for your own personal use, you must report these goods to a CBSA officer by contacting the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987).

If you have goods that exceed your personal exemption, you will be advised of the necessary procedures to follow by a border officer at the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre.

U.S. residents

If you are a NEXUS member and a U.S. resident and you are importing goods for your own personal use, you must report these goods to a CBSA officer by contacting the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre at 1 866-99-NEXUS (1-866-996-3987).

If you have goods that exceed your personal entitlement, you will be advised of the necessary procedures to follow by a border officer at the NEXUS Telephone Reporting Centre.

If you have any commercial goods in your possession, baggage or on board the vehicle/recreational boat upon arrival in Canada, you may not use NEXUS in the air, land or marine modes of transportation. Commercial goods are defined as goods brought into Canada for sale or for any commercial, industrial, occupational, institutional or other similar use and include samples, tools and warranty repair parts. Please note that personal computers and similar items carried by NEXUS members for their own personal use while on business trips are not defined commercial goods.

If you have any goods that are considered to be restricted, controlled or prohibited, or if the goods you are importing require a permit, such as firearms, you may not use NEXUS.

To avoid bringing pests, viruses and diseases into Canada or the U.S., all food, plants and related products from other countries must be declared at the border. If you are unsure whether the product is allowed, declare the item and discuss it with a border services officer. No penalties are assessed if goods are declared. Goods that are not declared are subject to seizure, penalties and could lead to prosecution. For more information, contact the CBSA Border Information Service phone line at 1-800-461-9999.

Entering the U.S.

The boat master must do the following:

  • Call the local U.S. CBP marine reporting number for that arrival area. Please refer to the U.S. CBP website for the reporting telephone numbers.
  • Provide advance notice to U.S. CBP at least 30 minutes (minimum) and up to four hours (maximum) before arriving in the U.S. The boat master must provide the following:
    • an estimated time of arrival;
    • the name and location of the landing site of arrival
    • the registration number and/or name of the boat;
    • the full name, date of birth and country of citizenship and/or permanent residence status of all NEXUS members on board;
    • the destination, purpose of the trip and length of stay in the U.S. for each passenger; and
    • the passport and visa details of passengers when applicable or required.
  • Ensure that all passengers have photo identification and proof of citizenship, permanent residence status and/or other immigration status documents when applicable or required; and
  • Declare all goods being imported, including related currency information.

As proof of presentation, the boat master will receive a report number for his or her records and he or she must produce this number when asked to do so by border officers.

If a border officer is not at the specified landing site to meet the boat at the reported estimated time of arrival or actual time of arrival, the individuals who have reported may proceed to their intended final destination.

Declaring goods

If you are a Canadian or U.S. resident and you are importing goods for your own personal use, you must report these items by using the marine reporting procedures and make an oral declaration to a border officer by contacting the local U.S. CBP office.

NEXUS members who present themselves for NEXUS passage when arriving in the U.S. must not have any commercial goods in their possession or in their baggage. Please note that personal computers and similar items carried by NEXUS members for their own personal use while on business trips are not defined commercial goods.

Travelling with non-NEXUS members

When travelling with persons who are not NEXUS members:

  • For arrivals in Canada, the boat must arrive at a marine telephone reporting site and the boat master must immediately call the Telephone Reporting Centre at 1-888-226-7277. Only the boat master may leave the boat until authorization is given by the CBSA.
  • For arrivals in the U.S., the boat must arrive at a physical report site and the boat master must call the local U.S. CBP reporting telephone number. Please refer to Pleasure Boat Requirements by Location for the reporting telephone numbers.

Where is NEXUS offered?

NEXUS members can report to the sites listed at the following links:

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