4 Forms You Need for Arrivals/Departures at US Ports of Entry

When a vessel arrives at a U.S. port of entry, the owner, master, or agent must present a collection of forms to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer. This package, known as an arrival manifest, consists of these four documents.

  1. CBP Form I-418

This form is the official crew list. All crew members are listed alphabetically along with the following details:

  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Travel document number
  • Position on board the vessel
  • Where they were engaged
  • The name and address of the ship’s agent

The master or agent must note at the bottom of the list whether any of the listed crew members will be performing longshore work while in the U.S., any exceptions under which longshore work will be undertaken, and the itinerary of the vessel.

In addition to signing the bottom of the form, the master must sign a certification regarding stowaways, which is on the back of the document.

  1. CBP Form I-95

This document is a conditional landing form and must be completed for every crew member who is not a:

  • U.S. citizen, national, or legal permanent resident
  • Citizen of a freely associated state, such as the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Palau
  • Canadian or British citizen working on a vessel traveling only between the U.S. and Canada
  • Crew member with a Form I-184 who intends to leave the U.S. with the ship
  1. CBP Form I-92

Form I-92 is a vessel report that includes the following information:

  • The last foreign port that the vessel arrived at
  • The number of passengers who are U.S. citizens
  • The number of non-citizen passengers
  • Name, address and phone number of the vessel’s domestic agent
  1. CBP Form I-94

Otherwise known as the arrival and departure record, Form I-94 must be presented for all passengers except:

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, and legal permanent residents
  • Citizens of Canada or Bermuda
  • Nonimmigrant passengers who hold a Form I-94 Departure Record issued within the past 30 days if arriving from a connecting territory

This point of entry documentation must be completed correctly and in full to prevent arrival and departure problems. The Marine Documentation Division at Howard S. Reeder offers experienced and professional assistance with USCG and CBP documentation for both pleasure and commercial vessels and will provide the support you need to enjoy an efficient landing or departure. For more information, please contact us.

Written by Howard S Reeder Inc

Howard S. Reeder, Inc is a family-owned business which has been in operation since 1940 when Howard S. Reeder Sr. founded our customs brokerage company and began helping importers bring products into the United States. Now on our third generation of ownership, both our company and our areas of expertise have greatly expanded over the more than 75 years since our inception.