Sumas, Wash. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced additional modifications to the NEXUS program at the Sumas, Wash. port of entry. Effective December 14, the dedicated NEXUS-only lane will operate between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., seven days a week.
In a continuing effort to provide and enhance CBP trusted traveler programs, the dedicated NEXUS lane will be augmented to also include travelers holding Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) documents. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, the lane will operate as a "Ready Lane," allowing travelers with RFID documents such as a Passport card or Enhanced Driver's License to use the lane as well. Overhead signage will alert travelers to the operating status.
Over the next sixty days, CBP will monitor and reassess usage and explore options to maximize lane usage at the port of Sumas. CBP asks for the traveling public's patience and understanding as we seek out the most effective and efficient lane management strategies.
The NEXUS program allows pre-screened, low-risk travelers expedited processing by United States and Canadian officials across the U.S.-Canada border at designated air, land, and marine locations. Approved applicants are issued a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology-enabled membership card.
To participate, both the United States and Canada must approve an individual's application. Denial of an application by either country will keep an individual from participating in the NEXUS program.
The revised hours of operation will permit continued service to morning and afternoon commuter traffic and allow RFID-enabled traffic to be facilitated during peak travel periods.
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.