Eastport, Idaho - U.S. Customs and Border Protection advises that construction on a new port of entry at Kingsgate, British Columbia has progressed to the point that traffic entering and exiting the U.S. through the ports of Eastport, Idaho, and Kingsgate, British Columbia, may experience delays.
CBP was recently notified that the number of lanes available for traffic entering the U.S. through the port of Eastport from Canada will be reduced. Commercial and non-commercial traffic may, at times, share a single lane during the construction.
CBP suggests that motorists arriving in non-commercial vehicles may want to consider using alternate ports of entry into the U.S., such as Porthill, Idaho or Roosville, Montana.
Commercial traffic is also encouraged to consider planning their entry into the U.S. through other commercial ports of entry:
- Sweetgrass, Montana is a 24-hour commercial port to the east, located approximately 60 miles south of Lethbridge, Alberta. Sweetgrass is equipped for commercial cattle and swine shipments, beef and pork, animal feeds, fish and wildlife products, and shipments regulated by U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
- Roosville, Montana is a 24-hour commercial port located just east of Eastport, ID. It can accommodate all commercial entries except those that need to be inspected by United States Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services or Food Safety Inspection Service; U.S. Food and Drug Administration; or U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.
- Porthill, Idaho, located to the west of Eastport is a permit port. Commercial shipments must have a port permit to use the port of Porthill. Information on obtaining a commercial permit may be obtained by telephoning the Supervisory Entry Officer at the Great Falls Area Port Office 406-453-7631 for more information.
CBP also offers travelers tips to help expedite processing at the port of entry. Plan your trip to avoid peak travel times typically between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Have required proof of citizenship documents ready upon arrival at the primary inspection booth and declare all purchases to the CBP officer, including fruits, vegetables, and meat products. For questions regarding admissible or prohibited products please visit the Know Before You Go page on the CBP website.