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Old 12-04-2017, 05:35 PM   #1
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DTOPS annual fee increasing; renew now!

Hey all you Pacific Northwest boaters, the feds are increasing the DTOPS fee effective the first of the year.

Renew before then and you'll get one more year at the lower rate.

If you're not familiar with it, here's the website: US Customs & Border Protection Decal and Transponder Online Procurement System.
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Old 12-04-2017, 06:23 PM   #2
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Increased to?????
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:22 PM   #3
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Increased to?????
Exactly...unannounced as far as I know. 10%? 20%? We'll see.

Of course, the biggest impact will be on commercial vehicles. A portion of their fee tripled at the beginning of 2016.
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:38 PM   #4
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Have to pay for that WALL!!
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Old 12-04-2017, 07:42 PM   #5
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Yeah, it's a good thing that all those Canadians flooding across our borders aren't all drug smuggling rapists.

This is where I always quote what it says on the Peace Arch: "Children of a Common Mother."

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Old 12-05-2017, 01:38 AM   #6
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Yeah, it's a good thing that all those Canadians flooding across our borders aren't all drug smuggling rapists.

This is where I always quote what it says on the Peace Arch: "Children of a Common Mother."

100%

This is true. I saw a lot of "look a likes" in Canada this year!!
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Decal fee is increasing by 74 cents for private craft
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Holy crap, I don't know if I could handle that. I'll have to buy one less gallon of diesel.
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Dammit, I have two kids in college!
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The decal price hasn't gone up in years, and a few more cents won't kill us. But that's a minor issue.

I've not had good experience with customs in the past with general aviation and my last trip was 2001 and vowed to never do international again and probably won't.

But boating may be easier, hopefully. Are there "good" or "better" places to clear customs, especially returning to the US, where all the problems are. Expecially along the Trent Severen which I'd like to do next year.

Have US customs gotten better?
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