Calexico, Calif. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials Sunday opened an additional three inspection booths in an effort to more efficiently accommodate travelers entering the country at the Calexico downtown port of entry.
The three booths will be added to existing lanes of traffic as stacked booths. The stacked booth concept consists of having two booths in one vehicle lane allowing two CBP officers to process two vehicles at the same time in the same lane. The stacked booths are located on vehicle lanes three, five, and eight and have increased the number of inspection booths from 10 to 13.
In another effort to accommodate travelers more efficiently, CBP is expanding the SENTRI program vehicle lane hours at the East port of entry. The hours of expansion will be from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Currently the SENTRI hours of operations are from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. The new hours of operation went into effect on Sunday, June 26.
"We anticipate that travelers will experience a decrease in wait times with the addition of these three inspection booths," said Port Director Billy Whitford. "And at the East port, we anticipate a decrease in wait times with the expansion of the SENTRI Program hours."
Stacked booths were installed at the San Ysidro port of entry two years ago.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.