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NEW – Caribbean Pre-Arrival Notification System

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 17, 2009 08:59 AM

Published: 2009-01-17 08:59:09
Topics: Cruising Information
Countries: British Virgin Islands , St Lucia

Easier Customs Clearance Envisioned with

Currently being introduced as a pilot program in St. Lucia and the British Virgin Islands, and scheduled to be launched soon elsewhere, the voluntary eSeaClear system means that boaters are now able to submit data via computer for Customs Clearance for entry and departure.

The project is being developed through a partnership of the Caribbean Marine Association and the Caribbean Customs Law Enforcement Council to ensure that small vessel operators have a faster and more positive experience when clearing in and out of port.

Registered users can access the system to enter and maintain information about their vessel and crew. Prior to arrival at a new country the vessel operator simply ensures the information is accurate for the upcoming voyage and submits a new notification.

Upon arrival, Customs can access the notification information to process your clearance more efficiently and without the need for the Master to fill out the declaration forms.

Yacht captains must still report to customs on arrival, but the goal is to make the process faster.

In St. Lucia the system is currently only available in Rodney Bay, Castries and Marigot Bay. There are plans to extend this (hopefully in the near future) to include Soufriere.

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