Commercial Boat Haulers - Call Before You Haul
To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Regional Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, and others are making information available to boat haulers, auctioneers, marinas, manufacturers, and brokers to make it easy to comply with state, provincial and federal laws, prevent costly delays in transporting or selling boats, and help reduce the spread of aquatic invasive species.
In December of 2021, the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission launched Call Before You Haul, a program that provides a 24-7 toll-free number that commercial and other watercraft haulers can call before transporting a boat to Columbia River Basin states. The caller provides information about the source and destination of the watercraft, and the four states (as well as Canada and British Columbia) are notified that the watercraft is being shipped. The destination state, or province, then contacts the hauler to obtain additional information, or make arrangements for the watercraft to be inspected, and decontaminated (if applicable).
The source states included in the pilot program were from the Great Lakes and Lower Colorado River regions (Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, and New York). The program is currently being expanded to all states and Canadian provinces.
As part of the program, information is being provided to each pilot state for uploading to its commercial hauler and overweight/oversize website and permit application system, which watercraft haulers will see when requesting transportation permits. In addition, direct outreach is being made to watercraft carriers and shippers online, boat dealerships and organizations, and boat brokers to inform them about the program. In addition, any Department of Transportation office can link to this web page.
Call Before You Haul Progress Map
This map illustrates the progress being made with state departments of transportation, highway patrol, and motor vehicles to provide information about Call Before You Haul on their state permitting and transportation websites. Green illustrates states that are currently sharing information; yellow illustrates those states that have received the initial request. Map updated 14 May 2022.
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Wisconsin Department of Transportation
Kentucky Department of Transportation
Illinois Department of Transportation
General Provisions (see page 3)
Iowa Department of Transportation
Information added to IAPS permit application website: https://ia.gotpermits.com/iaps/login.asp;
Link added to Iowa DOT Motor Carrier Resources page: https://iowadot.gov/mvd/motorcarriers/Oversize-Overweight-Trip-permits
Restrictions added to permits when the load description is a boat or watercraft vessel.
Nevada Department of Transportation
Utah Department of Transportation
Montana Department of Transportation
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Colorado Department of Transportation
CDOT's Freight Mobility and Safety Branch is providing links to the Call Before You Haul webpage: https://freight.colorado.gov/resources
Will be distributing Call Before You Haul fliers at Ports of Entry and posted on their website
Added the Call Before You Haul link under "Transporting Watercraft to Western States"
Ohio Department of Transportation
Added Call Before You Haul information to their permits website.
Indiana Department of Transportation
INDOT staff are working with Department of Revenue - Motor Carrier Division to post information on their OSW website
Oregon Department of Transportation
Agency posted the information on their Motor Carrier News webpage: https://www.oregon.gov/odot/MCT/Pages/MCNews.aspx
Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Added Call Before You Haul information to Special Restrictions on Standard Permit Form for Intra/Interstate Travel for Non-divisible Oversize And/or Overweight Loads
Alabama Department of Transportation
Added Call Before You Haul link to their Oversize/Overweight Permits website.
North Dakota Highway Patrol
Added Call Before You Haul to their Motor Carrier Operations website.
Caltrans added a link to the Call Before You Haul website on their permits homepage:
Added Call Before You Haul website link from Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife webpage to their Maps & resources for commercial vehicles | WSDOT (wa.gov)
Idaho DOT added link to Call Before You Haul information on Idaho DOT permitting website.
New Jersey Department of Transportation
Added Call Before You Haul link to Bulletin section of Superload website.
Arkansas Highway Police Permit Office will be sharing Call Before You Haul information with any carriers hauling watercraft.
Georgia Department of Public Safety/Department of Transportation
Agency will be updating boat/yacht transport permits to include Call Before You Haul information for next computer upgrade.
North Carolina DOT will add the Call Before You Haul Link to their Oversize/Overweight Permit Operations website.
New Mexico DOT is adding a link to their Ports of Entry webpage that provides information about trip and oversize/overweight permits.
Rhode Island DOT will add the Call Before You Haul link to the RIDOT Permitting website and on the FAQs sheet.
Wyoming Highway Patrol is connecting to PSMFC's Facebook page post on Call Before You Haul and adding the Call Before You Haul link to their permitting website.
Missouri DOT is distributing the Call Before You Haul flier to all OSOW boat permits.
FDOT has agreed to post the Call Before You Haul flyer on both our PO website and the PAS webpage.