Or has Canadian and the American customs agents been watching to much Glen Beck? Anyway, I went into Washington State from British Columbia, yesterday. Was looking at two boats, an Eliminator and Donzi. Told the U.S customs what I was doing, plus asked them a question. Do I need to have them search the title and have the boat cleared for export like a car. The answer was "no". This started a boat conversation. Long story short. For bigger boats, non trailer size, closest marina's to my house are in WA. So I'll probably store and get a slip at one in the states, like my parents. Ended up going inside customs to chit chat and not hold up traffic. Our discussion was on customs and whats the point of having them! source: http://www.caledoncitizen.com/news/2011-03-10/Columns/Ottawa_Journal.html So several U.S Border Agents mentioned the agreement above, I searched out the info because thought they be playing some April Fools joke on me. Thing is Canada and America are working towards setting up a security perimeter around our countries, like a border and jointly run it. The article mentions that this will not remove or replace the current border. One of the things I like about Vancouver's airport---Canada customs has set up self serve electronic kiosks to self clear. You scan your passport and answer questions, then hand the receipt to the door guy customs agent. Who most times just lets you keep walking. Its almost like having no border between Canada and the United States. I mentioned this to the U.S Customs agents, and they think that Canadian and American passport holders in the near future are going to be treated like NEXUS card holders. Apparently they've installed auto scanners that you hold up your passport and these agents think that soon the border between the two countries will become self serve. On the way back had a simular conversation with Canada customs. Asked them a few questions on importing a boat. Probed them for more information. source: http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/ibet-eipf/shiprider-eng.htm The rumor around Canada Customs is not only a automated process. They pointed out that both BC and WA have enhanced drivers licenses. Since I cross the border almost weekly, I have mine. Well the automatic license plate scanner when it reads my plate. It also gives customs my drivers license information. Always wondered why they never seem to take my license or ask for my passport. 9 times out of 10 I'm waved in. So they also claim an automated entry system like NEXUS for all American and Canadian citizens. Also a shiprider like program between each countries border agencies. In conclusion, since the media in Canada and United States are not talking about this stuff. Both governments are also semi silent on this issue. Thought Id share it here. Net, what it seems is happening slowly, is setting up a European Union type system between Canada and The United States. Both sides border agents, think that my leaving a boat in WA because its more convenient . Well it will become like having it at a Canadian marina. I'll be able to cruise into Canada, without clearing customs. We all will. Another interesting link read: http://www.pacificcoastcollaborative.org/Pages/Welcome.aspx It seems the Pacific Northwest state and province governments have also been somewhat secretive in getting ready for this future European Union type set up for Canadian and American North America. My speculation is that they will remove the border between the two nations for American and Canadian citizens, in away that will suggest safety. I thought this stuff was a joke, but with a little research it does look like we all will be able to cruise inside this North American perimeter without borders.