Blaine, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection is reminding all travelers to anticipate increased traffic during the Canada Day and Fourth of July holidays and to plan their trip in advance.
Holiday weekends along with warm weather and shopping opportunities contribute to the increase in traffic flowing into the United States and causing congestion at the border. CBP advises travelers to consult the CBP website to monitor Wait Times - Airport and Border and to review the "Know Before You Go" tip sheet.
CBP strongly encourages travelers to obtain a radio frequency identification (RFID)-enabled travel document such as a U.S. Passport Card, Enhanced Driver's License/Enhanced Identification Card or Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES) to expedite their entry and make crossing the border more efficient.The new Ready Lane is open at Peace Arch for those travelers with RFID-enabled cards.
To avoid long delays border crossers may want to use the nearby and less heavily traveled port of entry at Sumas on State Highway 9 with a newly constructed NEXUS lane operating between 7:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. seven days a week.The Lynden port of entry is also available from 8 a.m. until midnight on State Highway 539.
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.