Canadians with boats moored in Skagway get a break from irksome new port rules

Yukon residents who bought and docked their boats in Skagway have gotten relief from new U.S. customs rules for foreigners, reports CBC News. But they're still a little worried.

The new customs rules would have affected about 250 Yukoners who bought their boats and dock them in Alaska. Skagway's director of Customs and Border Services was requiring them to report where they’re going and to also report by fax into any U.S. ports they visit.

But U.S. Customs and Border Protection has now withdrawn the new rules. In a statement, it said the changes were meant to provide a convenience, but it has concluded the old rules are in the best interest of boat owners and they are back in force.

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