Blaine, Wash. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Office of Field Operations (OFO), in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), today announced the relocation of a joint “Trusted Traveler” Enrollment Center (EC) in the Birch Bay Square business center in Blaine, Washington. The Enrollment Center is designed to make obtaining a NEXUS border-crossing card easy and convenient for nearby residents on both sides of the border.
NEXUS is a joint program with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) that offers pre-screened, approved travelers dedicated lanes at selected ports faster processing permitting border agencies to concentrate their efforts on potentially higher-risk persons. NEXUS was established in 2002 as part of the Shared Border Accord, a partnership between the United States and Canada. Nearly one million U.S. and Canadian citizens are currently enrolled in the NEXUS program.
“Border security remains our utmost priority,” said CBP Area Port Director Greg Alvarez. “The NEXUS program reduces border wait times for trusted travelers allowing us to focus our enforcement resources where they are needed.”
“We are proud to work with our partners at CBP to provide expedited service for trusted travelers in Canada and the U.S.” said CBSA District Director Daniela Evans. “The NEXUS program allows us to facilitate legitimate travel without compromising the safety and security of our shared border.”
The new enrollment center is located within 10 minutes driving time of the U.S./Canadian border at 8115 Birch Bay Square Street, and is expected to open late this summer. The NEXUS application process can begin online with one application, interested persons may obtain more information on the NEXUS webpage.
On June 1, 2009, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) rules took effect requiring all U.S. and Canadian citizens to present proof of citizenship and identity in a single document at land and sea ports of entry. Trusted traveler cards, such as NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST, are considered WHTI-compliant documents and are accepted for cross-border travel. NEXUS pre-approved travelers crossing the U.S./Canada border receive the added benefits expedited marine reporting and access to NEXUS kiosks at designated Canadian airports. A five year NEXUS membership card costs $50 (USD).
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.