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CBP Announces Re-opening of the Port of Chief Mountain

Release Date: 
May 11, 2015

CHIEF MOUNTAIN, Mont. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) is pleased to announce the Port of Chief Mountain, Montana, re-opens for the season on Friday, May 15, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

Hours of operation (Mountain Daylight Time):

May 15 – May 31:     9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

June 1 – Sept. 1:     7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Sept. 2 – Sept. 30:   9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The Port of Chief Mountain is in Glacier County, Montana. The port is positioned on Highway 17, which is a convenient route connecting travelers to Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park in Alberta from Glacier National Park in Montana.

CBP also offers travelers tips to help expedite processing at Chief Mountain:

  • Plan your trip to avoid peak travel times typically between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Have required proof of citizenship documents ready upon arrival at the primary inspection booth. You may present a valid passport, a passport card, an enhanced driver’s license, a trusted traveler card (NEXUS, SENTRI, Global Entry or FAST/EXPRES), a lawful permanent resident card, or Native American U.S. and Canadian citizen current tribal documents as your Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document.
  • Travelling with minor children without both parents? A notarized travel permission letter should accompany minors when both parents are not present.
  • Declare all purchases to the CBP officer, including fruits, vegetables, live animals and meat products. Keep your receipts as proof of where items were purchased. Failure to declare may result in penalties (fines) of $300 or more.
  • Most U.S. or Canadian grown fruits and vegetables may enter the United States from Canada, except citrus, tomatoes, peppers and home-grown potatoes, which are prohibited. Each vehicle may enter with up to 50 pounds of Canadian-origin beef, pork, or chicken (except from British Columbia or Ontario) for personal consumption only. Meats, fruits, or vegetables purchased in the United States prior to entering Canada are not restricted (keep your receipts and leave the labels affixed).
  • Do not bring firewood. All firewood is prohibited unless accompanied by a heat treatment certificate. Travelers with prohibited firewood will be returned to Canada to dispose of firewood. Don’t move firewood!  Buy it where you burn it!
  • Travelling with pets? Dogs at least three months old need signed and dated certificates from a veterinarian verifying they have been vaccinated against rabies at least 30 days before entering the United States.
  • Any weapons or ammunition must be declared when leaving or entering the United States.
  • You must also declare any currency in excess of $10,000 when leaving or entering the United States.
  • Never attempt to cross the border outside of the established hours of operation.
  • For additional questions or clarification on the information above, please visit the Know Before You Go page in the Travel section at

For information on entering Canada, please visit the Travel Tips Section on or call 1-800-461-9999.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017