WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding Labor Day travelers of some helpful tips to keep in mind when preparing to enter the United States after international travel. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day 2012, CBP processed nearly 100 million travelers at ports of entry nationwide. This year, CBP is on track to exceed that.
"CBP continually identifies and incorporates new and innovative ways to improve efficiencies at the ports of entry," said CBP Acting Commissioner Thomas S. Winkowski. "The promotion of travel and tourism is vital to stimulate our national economy."
Recent CBP modernization efforts have streamlined the traveler's inspection process, increased officer efficiency and reduced operating costs in order to provide better services and a more welcoming environment for all travelers entering the United States. Automation of forms like the I-94, along with technology deployments in airport primary processing environments have helped CBP to process travelers as quickly as possible while maintaining our dual mission of border security and travel facilitation.
CBP's overall Resource Optimization Strategy intends to maximize existing resources, identify staffing needs, and explore funding sources to support identified staffing needs but CBP also encourages travelers to be prepared and educate themselves on U.S. rules and regulations.
A new downloadable checklist is also now available that can be accessed on your smartphone or device so you can travel smart when traveling internationally.