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Prepare for a Busy Border Crossing Weekend, Border Crossing Tips for the August 4th Canada Civic Holiday Weekend

Release Date: 
July 30, 2014

BUFFALO, N.Y. – As part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s mission to safeguard the nation’s borders, CBP is offering the following guidance on how to expedite border crossings for travelers returning through Buffalo’s ports of entry.

  • Prepare for the inspection process before arriving at the inspection booth. Have your WHTI (Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative) or RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) enabled documents in hand before reaching primary inspection. Travelers should declare all items acquired abroad. Additionally, individuals should end cellular phone conversations before arriving at the inspection booth. Travelers should also have their windows rolled down for inspection and remove any sunglasses and hats prior to entering the inspection area.
  • Travelers are encouraged to visit the Know Before You Go section of the CBP website. Know the difference between prohibited merchandise (which is forbidden by law to enter the U.S.) and restricted merchandise (items needing special permit to be allowed into the U.S.). To avoid fines and penalties associated with the importation of restricted or prohibited items become educated prior to traveling, this includes agriculture products.
  • Allow for extra time and check border wait times in case of exceptionally heavy traffic. Travelers should check traffic conditions at the border crossings within the Alexandria Bay region and select the crossing that is least congested. Travelers can easily obtain current border traffic conditions at the Advisories and Wait Times section of the CBP website.
  • Cross-border travelers are encouraged to participate in the NEXUS program. NEXUS allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers to proceed with little or no delay into the United States and Canada. Application forms are available on the Canada Border Services Agency website at CBSA and travelers can apply online at CBP. Additionally, NEXUS information is available toll-free at 1-866-NEXUS 26 (1-866-639-8726).

For more information on what to expect at a port of entry, document requirements, and prohibited or restricted items, travelers can visit the Travel section of the CBP website.

A new downloadable checklist is also now available that can be accessed on your smartphone or device to help you travel smart when traveling internationally.